What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux, also known as Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) occurs when acid and other materials present in the stomach flow back (thus, reflux) into the esophagus. The esophagus is a long, muscular tube that links the inner part of the mouth and throat with the stomach. Acid reflux is a condition that should not be ignored if frequent because, untreated, acid reflux may lead to different diseases such as erosive esophagitis, ulceration or Barrett's esophagus. In certain cases, acid reflux may lead to esophageal cancer, which is a deadly condition. It has been estimated that 20% of the adult US population suffers from GERD at least once a week (Hayden et al., 2002).
Acid reflux treatment usually consists of changes in lifestyle, including diet and exercise, medications, and in extreme cases surgery. Both over-the-counter and prescription medicines are available for acid reflux. However, there are also herbal remedies for acid reflux that have shown to be effective in eliminating or reducing the symptoms of acid reflux.
Warning: Before attempting to use these or any herbal remedies for relieving the symptoms caused by acid reflux please consult with your doctor, and I would recommend consulting one with a naturophatic orientation.