Healing Options for Heartburn

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More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month and some studies have suggested that more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn symptoms each day.

Symptoms of heartburn (also known as acid indigestion) are more common among the elderly and pregnant women. Chest pain is becoming a natural and normal occurrence nowadays, and most of the time it is chronic in nature.  Fortunately, there are a number of ways heal heartburn.

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“Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common disease with a prevalence as high as 10%-20% in the western world. The disease can manifest in various symptoms which can be grouped into typical, atypical and extra-esophageal symptoms.” [ncbi]

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YOGA

“This is a useful and effective method of curing acid reflux and heartburn. Recently, the positive impact of yoga has been seen in studies on functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.[4,5,6] Forms of yoga like, Kapalbhati and Agnisar kriya may be particularly useful in addressing GERD as they can increase diaphragmatic tone, thus decreasing reflux from the stomach to esophagus.”

 

1.Kapalabhati Pranayama

How to – Sit on the flat floor and fold your legs. keep your spine straight and close your eyes.

  • Keep the right palm on right knee and left palm on left knee.
  • Now take a deep breath and exhale with all your force  so your stomach will go deep inside.
  • When you exhale with a hissing sound, try to think that your disorders are coming out of your nose.
  • Do not stress on inhaling. Inhalation should not involve any effort. Inhaling will be done automatically after each exhaling.
  • Repeat these steps for 5 minutes and take rest. You can increase the time for 15 – 30 minutes. [1]

2.Vaman Dhauti / Kunjal Kriya

How to– “Prepare warm saline water for the practice. One can use 1 to 1 ½ litres of water depending on one’s capacity. Add 2 tea spoons (about 10 ml) of salt per litre of water.  The water should be just lukewarm and not hot.

  1. Drink one glass of the salt water first to see your comfort level. Then go ahead with the second glass. In this manner, drink the entire saline water (1 to 1 ½ litres) very quickly.
  2. Next step is to vomit out the entire water.
  3. Bend over a washbasin or sink to vomit out the water. To aid in the vomiting, insert two fingers (index and middle) into your throat. Tickle the root of the tongue with your fingers. This will cause a vomiting reflux and the water is thrown out. This will happen in spurts.
  4. Continue the process till all the water that you drank is vomited out.” [2]

 

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ACCUPUNCTURE

“The best way to treat both heartburn and abdominal pain is through the healing art of acupuncture.  The healing energy points of the stomach and heart are very important to your overall health and wellbeing.  We highly recommend, if you are having any of these related symptoms, that you purchase a set of our DIY acupuncture healing crystals to help ease your suffering.
They are safe, effective, and easy to use.  All you need to do is tape them to the acupuncture points listed in the diagram above.  They will begin to provide immediate relief to your symptoms, and can be used for a host of other symptoms as well.  In fact, most of the “diseases” today that people suffer from (and that traditional doctors profit off of!) simply stem from natural imbalances that take place within the body.  Our crystals are designed to restore the body’s optimum balance, thus allowing it to naturally heal itself.
Best of all, unlike traditional acupuncture… THERE ARE NO NEEDLES!  And with no needles, there is also no pain or cleanup.”
KD-1 (emotional grounding, headache)
“Yong Quan (Gushing Spring)KD-1 is located on the sole, about an inch below the “butt cheeks” formed by the ball of the foot. It descends energy, so it’s great for treating some types of headaches, gastroparesis, and acid reflux.accu-1 It also grounds the patient emotionally and supports the Kidney (Remember, the Chinese energetic organ called the Kidney is not the same as your anatomical kidneys). The Kidney stores your Essence and is associated with the emotion of Fear, so this is a doubly good point to use for PTSD or other issues with being afraid. Of course, it’s also useful for plantar fasciitis and other foot problems. Press firmly for 20-30 seconds, with a loving, healing intention.”

 

“Zu San Li, “Leg Three Miles”, is on the outside of the shin, just a few inches below the knee. Slide your fingertip up the outside edge of the tibia (shinbone) until you fall into a hole. It’s a large point, so trust your instincts. St-36 is deep: Press firmly!”

 

 

ST-36: Zu San Li will give you wings!

“St-36 builds energy in the body: After activating it, you supposedlyaccu-2 “can walk another three miles.” I find it useful for treating chronic fatigue or for when you need a temporary boost on a rough day. Since it’s on the Stomach channel, it also helps aid poor digestion.”

“It nourishes your Yin and activates your Yang. St-36 is the Ruler of the Abdomen, so it’s good for most digestive complaints. Use it to treat indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, gas, mal absorption, diabetes, etc. Note: Stimulation can increase stomach acid, so it’s great for an overfull belly, but bad for ulcers or heartburn / acid reflux.”

 

 

PC-6, Nei Guan (Inner Pass)

“Nei Guan is one of my favourite acupressure points. It’s perfectly safe (no contraindications), easy to find (2 finger widths from your wrist crease), and easily available, even in public while dressed.accu-3 It’s wonderful for pretty much ANY stomach complaint.”

“PC-6 is found on the palm side of your forearm, about two inches from the wrist, between the tendons. It’s often used to treat gastritis (stomach pain), seasickness, nausea and reflux, but Nei Guan settles more than just the digestion. It soothes and grounds the spirit, too, with a gentle calming effect. For this reason, it’s perfect to treat an upset stomach due to emotional upheaval. Press firmly (both sides!) for 10-20 seconds with a healing intention. You can also use an acupressure “sea band” bracelet – just position the hard plastic bead on top of PC-6. They can be found at travel stores, some drugstores, and of course I have them at the office.”

[3], [4]

 

 

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FRUITS & OTHERS

“Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are also high in acid and irritating to the digestive tract. The extra acid from these foods aggravates reflux and worsens heartburn. Remember that orange juice, lemonade, grapefruit juice, and products made with citrus fruit juices, such as some marinades, will have the same negative effect.”
Some fruits that aid heartburn relief*:-

  1. Oatmeal
  2. ginger
  3. aloe vera
  4. banana
  5. melon
  6. roots and grasses  [5]

* This may vary person to person with their age as well. Consult doctor in case of emergency.

 

Other Remedies:

 

  1. “Lose weight – Studies show losing 10 percent of your body fat can improve acid reflux symptoms.”
  2. “Embark on an anti-reflux diet (eliminating all those yummy vices above) – “Don’t get too excited; it only makes a difference for about 30 percent of people,” says Raymond. “Plus, the problem with the diet is that we find most people would rather die than be on that diet for the rest of their life.”
  3. “Try eating raw almonds –an alkaline-producing food that can balance your pH because they are a good source of calcium, says Dr. Millie Lytle, a naturopathic doctor in New York.”
  4. “Drink two ounces of unprocessed aloevera juice daily.”
  5. “Start your day with a cup of warm water and fresh lemon juice. “By drinking this on an empty stomach 15 to 20 minutes before eating anything else, the body can naturally balance out its acid levels. It’s a great digestive aid and is safe for all users,” says Rebekah Fedrowitz, an applied holistic nutritionist.”
  6. “Try a tablespoon of baking soda in a half cup water — not tasty but effective.”
  7. “Take 1 to 2 teaspoons daily of apple cider vinegar. It’s great mixed with honey in tea or instead of lemon in tea. “Many people mistakenly believe all acid reflux and indigestion is caused by an overproduction of acid. The latest research shows it’s actually the opposite for many people: There is too little acid produced to adequately digest the food eaten,” says Christina K. Major, holistic nutritionist and naturopathic doctor in Trevorton, Pa. Pickles, sauerkraut and other highly acidic foods also work well to help stimulate acid.”
  8. “Eat a Red Delicious apple after problematic meals.”
  9. “Supplement with Saccharomyces boulardii, a probiotic strain specifically for the small intestine, to help optimize absorption of key vitamins for optimal digestive health,” says Stella Metsovas, author of “The 21 Day Digestive Health Detox.”
  10. “Take the herbal supplement slippery elm in capsule, powder or lozenge form, as it soothes the irritated tissues of the digestive tract.”

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  1. A spoonful of baking soda…

“A spoonful of sodium bicarbonate, or teaspoon-full to be exact, can help put an end to the gnawing, burning, sensation of heartburn caused by acid reflux. Baking soda, as sodium bicarbonate is more commonly known, can help your reflux and in turn help your heartburn because it is a base substance. It has a pH higher than 7.0, and therefore neutralizes stomach acid. Neutralizing the stomach acid means that if/when your LES decides to be lazy and acid comes up your throat, you don’t get “burned.

You will need…
-1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda
-a glass of fresh water

Directions:
Mix either a ½ teaspoon or 1 single teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water that is no more than 8 ounces. Give it a good stir and drink all of the mixture. You can repeat this as needed but should not exceed seven ½ teaspoon doses in a 24 hour period. Also, avoid using this as a remedy for more than a week straight, as it is high in salt and can have side effects such as swelling or nausea.”

 

  1. Soothe your stomach with aloe juice

“Aloe is a plant used to soothe burns, and people often think of using it to help something like sunburn, but it can do more than that. It may be able to help with heartburn too because it reduces inflammation. This means when your tummy starts getting irritated and inflamed, or your esophagus is getting eaten away at, a nice glass of aloe vera juice may be just the thing to help calm it down.

You will need…
-1/2 cup aloe vera juice

Directions:
Drink a ½ cup of aloe juice, cool or room temperature, before meals. Keep in mind that aloe can act as a laxative, so unless you’re looking to fit in a few extra bathroom Sudoku puzzles, look for a brand that has the laxative component removed.”

 

  1. Chew gum

“The Journal of Dental Research conducted a study that showed people with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or chronic heartburn, experienced relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal. This is because chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands, and increases the flow of saliva. Any acid that has built up in the gut is diluted and washed away or cleared out more quickly. The clearance of acid then improves the symptoms of GERD. It is possible that the same school of thought could be applied to occasional heartburn as well. It’s our regular saliva that we swallow that actually makes normal bouts of reflux here and there completely painless.

You will need…
-1 piece of sugar-free gum

Directions…
After a meal, pop in a piece of sugar-free gum and chew for 30 minutes to help ward off heartburn.”

 

  1. Chin up (and don’t lie down)

“Heartburn tends to get worse at night, thanks to the fact that you’re lying down when you sleep. Gravity works against you, and it’s easier for the digested contents of your stomach to back up into your esophagus, along with acid. Try elevating your head about 6 inches when you sleep by placing bricks, books, or blocks under the legs at the head of your bed. You could also try a wedge-shaped pillow under your mattress, but don’t simply pile up extra pillows as it’s easy to slip off of them at night. Don’t lie down within 3-4 hours after eating, because lying down with a full stomach makes stomach contents press harder against your lower esophageal sphincter.”

 

  1. How, what, and when

“Watch how you eat: Don’t inhale giant mouthfuls of food. Take smaller bites and eat slowly, allowing your stomach time to digest and without giving it an excuse to pump out excess acid.

Watch what you eat: You’re probably aware that specific foods trigger heartburn, usually foods high in acid (tomatoes or citrus fruits, for example,) or spicy foods. Avoid these as best you can to ward off.

Watch when you eat: Don’t eat within 3-4 hours before bed. Lying down puts more pressure on your LES and increases the likelihood of acid sneaking through.”

 

 

  1. Gingerroot Tea

“Gingerroot can help ease up a number of stomach woes, from nausea to acid reflux. Sipping a cup of fresh tea about 20 minutes before a meal can help calm down your tummy and act as an acid buffer.

You will need…
-3 quarter sized slices of gingerroot
-2 cups of water

“Slice up 3 quarter sized pieces of gingerroot and simmer gently in 2 cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger pieces, or leave them in, pour into a glass, and drink all of it about 20 minutes before a meal.”

  1. Track Your Triggers

“It takes time, energy, and dedication, but tracking what triggers your heartburn may be what ultimately makes it go away in the end. Instead of going crazy with what you eat and relying on over-the-counter medications to keep the acid at bay, keep a little diary of sorts that makes note of what you ate, and if/when it caused heartburn. Also keep track of activities and what you’re wearing (explained in #10.)”

  1. Avoid Tight-fitting Clothes

“Things cinched tightly about your waist or middle can worsen heartburn. If you have super tight jeans on, when you sit down, the waistband is going to sink into your abdomen region. Same goes for tight belts-and even shirts can be a problem for some. This is because all of the above puts extra pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter, which make it more likely stomach contents, will push through and you’ll experience reflux.”

  1. Smoking + Alcohol = heart on fire

“Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can set you up for terrible reflux. The nicotine and alcohol both work to weaken your LES, making it that much easier for stomach contents and acid to splash up into your esophagus. Alcohol is also going to irritate your stomach in general. The solution? Quit smoking, and drink less (if at all.) Doing both will improve your health overall, in addition to relieving acid reflux.”

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight

“Being overweight increases your risk of GERD, and you’re going to suffer from occasional heartburn a lot more as well. This is because unnecessarily added pounds will put pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter. It will be more likely to loosen, and overtime it may simply weaken.” [6]

 

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Symptoms:

“Different heartburn symptoms are:-

  • A burning feeling in the chest just behind the breastbone that occurs after eating and lasts a few minutes to several hours.
  • Pain in chest, especially after bending over, lying down, or eating. Remember, you should see your doctor right away for any unexplained chest pain.
  • Burning in the throat — or hot, sour, acidic or salty-tasting fluid at the back of the throat.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Feeling of food “sticking” or “blocking” in the middle of the chest or throat.
  • It may also cause chronic cough, sore throat, or chronic hoarseness.”

“Reporting these symptoms is generally all that is needed for your doctor to make the diagnosis of heartburn. However, your doctor may prescribe special tests to understand the depth of your problem or to monitor your treatment. Some tests may also be needed if you have severe acid reflux or unusual symptoms like, weight loss.”

 

*Don’t assume it’s heartburn until your doctor tells you it is.

 

Difference between heartburn & heart attack

Heartburn

“Caused by stomach acid rising up into esophagus

  • burning in the chest behind the breastbone occurs after consumption of food.
  • can last several minutes to several hours.
  • worsened by bending over, lying down, or eating.
  • burning in the throat.
  • difficulty swallowing.
  • feeling of having food “blocked” in your chest.
  • pain does not radiate out to limbs.
  • sour taste in the mouth.
  • may cause sore throat, cough, or hoarseness”

 

Heart Attack

“caused by lack of blood flow to heart muscle.

  • chest pain and severe discomfort (on left side or over whole chest).
  • tightness or pressure in chest.
  • pain radiates to back, neck, jaw, or arms.
  • sweating (especially cold sweat).
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • difficulty breathing.
  • irregular pulse/palpitations.
  • Tiredness
  • anxiety or foreboding feeling.”  [7]

Causes

“There are several different causes of heartburn. There are several that are the most frequent causes of heartburn. Finding out what these are can help you make changes in your lifestyle and habit so you can prevent the acid reflux from happening.”

  1. “Coffee, tea, and other drinks that contain caffeine – Caffeine can relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), allowing stomach contents to reflux into the esophags.
  2. Alcohol – relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. It also increases the production of stomach acid.
  3. Tobacco – Smoking of cigarette weaken the LES as they pass from the lungs into the blood.
  1. Large meals – A full stomach can put extra pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which will increase the chance that some of this food will reflux into the esophagus.
  1. Citrus fruits and juices – These foods relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).
  1. Eating within 2 to 3 hours prior to bedtime – Lying down with a full stomach can cause stomach contents to press harder against the LES, increasing the chances of refluxed food.
  1. Wearing tight fitting cloth – Clothing that fits tightly around the abdomen will squeeze the stomach, forcing food up against the LES, and cause food to reflux into the esophagus.”

 

“Fried, greasy, and fatty foods can all cause heartburn and lead to reflux because they prevent the lower esophageal sphincter from fully tightening; this creates an opening for stomach acids to flow upward. Greasy, heavier foods are also harder to digest; so the stomach empties more slowly, which can trigger heartburn. And eating too much fried and high-fat foods increases your risk of obesity, which in turn increases the chances of experiencing uncomfortable acid reflux.”  [8]

 

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