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Ginger instead of Prilosec

Updated on January 12, 2013


by JR Hager II
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Hello, and welcome. Hope I can be of some help to you.

Hiatal Hernia is what the doctor called it. “It comes with your age,” he added. I called it indigestion. What about my age! - I silently asked, as I pictured myself grabbing him by his white collar and backing him to the wall. “There are many things on the market that can help you. This medication,” as he wrote on his little pad, “you need a prescription for.” “How long will I have to take these,” I asked. “There is no cure for your ailment.” I took this answer as meaning, “for ever,” and waited for another comment about my age, but it never came. He knew what to say and what not to. He was well adapt in the art of verbiage and salesmanship as he was in the medical field, after all, he was a professional.

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I was always taught to question authority ...

.... and whether or not a person has a ‘Dr’ added to his name makes no difference. In fact it gives me more reason to question them; they are talking about something very dear to me - my body. And I can never shake the feeling of being a statistic in their presence and that I stepped on an assembly line when I came in his office. So, instead of having the prescription filled I went home and got online in search of a natural substitute. I was never so wild about popping pills, have a hard time taking aspirin. To my surprise I was pleased to find many other avenues I could take instead of drugs. One I found was repeated throughout my investigation. The use of the herb Ginger. The other was a physical solution to this ailment, like Yoga. And the other was simply a matter of changing the brand of milk I drink.

All three worked! But even before I started Yoga and switched my brand of milk, the Ginger was as instant as if I popped a popular pill. And I still can't say 'I'm cured,' my stomach still has a bit of a problem with a marinara sauce, garlic, chili; things highly acidy, but it sure as heck isn't as bad as it was and I can still eat these things. And I never, never get woken in the middle of the night with my throat on fire, no matter what I eat. That time is over - thank goodness. It was absolutely the worse time of my life. I know exactly how you feel if this is what you have. Any indigestion sucks. And If you're like me; not wanting to go the drug rout with all the side affects and what not, Ginger could be for you.

But it is tricky, you don't just take a bite out of a Ginger Root, it's too strong. Start out with small slices. I have a slice half the size of a banna slice. You may want to go thinner, depending on the kind of ginger you have. I found Jamaican the strongest.

Please let me know of your thoughts and your progress. I'll be looking forward to hearing from you. Please leave a comment, thanks............


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      johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Me to, baygirl, it is wonderful. Ya know it's funny, when I use herbs I find that I don't have to use them as much anymore when they start to heal and do their job. I need only use ginger now maybe once a week, if that, for my indigestion. It's no wonder 'BIG pharma' hates herbs and natural healing - they work much better than drugs.

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      victoria 5 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Thanks for your article,John.I heartily agree with you about the ginger! I have been using ginger for many years.I juice it with many other vegetables in a green drink.

      Also I put it in tea or water with some honey and drink it in the morning on an empty stomach.

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      aguasilver, thanks for the visit, and the extra uses of Ginger. But "good" brown sugar!....I don't think so. Sugar is the root of all our physical problems. Why would anybody want to ruin anything they eat with it. Like drinking milk that is pasteurized. Honey's better, honey.

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      John Harper 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Ginger tea, amazing, whether shop bought ginger teabags or plain old ginger powder in hot water witha spoon of good brown sugar... delicious and instant relief, plus ginger is great for circulation and overall digestive problems.

      Good hub, and funny!

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Jamaican Ginger is the strongest, mon. It takes a while to get use to it, but hey it works.....and anything but da drugs, mon. I also take enzymes, that are natural. Papaya's work well to. Thanks for passin it by, Ann810, peace. Let me check out your goodies.

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      Ann810 6 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Thanks Johnwinbell, cool hub. I see Ginger in the produce section of the grocery store all the time. Now I will consider giving it a try, and finding out what else it is good for, other than indigestion. Useful and voted up.

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      johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Nice to hear about your Ginger episode.

      .....ah yes I know, Pharma sucks, but what can you do?

      Well, lets go bowling.


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      oakhill3 7 years ago

      OOPS. I somehow managed to post my unfinished, unedited comment without knowing I'd even done it. THIS is the finished one. Sorry 'bout that!!

      I was reading through a lot of your material when I came across your ginger article. Loved it! Even before a doctor told ME couple months ago she thinks I have a hiatal hernia she wants me to get checked out (I haven't), I was already a ginger aficionado. Great stuff!

      I don't know if my love affair with it began when but a wee thing helping Dad make Ginger cookies every Christmas (I lived for Christmas not for the presents but the Ginger cookies), or when I grew up and realized I didn't have to wait for Christmas to be able to make and eat them myself, or started throwing crystalline ginger into anything I thought I could get away with throwing it into. But then I drifted away from it for a number of years.

      Now, I had no idea I might have a hiatal hernia - I currently don't have symptoms that would have led me to think so, which makes me think that my habit of drinking ginger tea every night (mixed with a somewhat obnoxious Chinese herb tea to keep food moving through my system) has minimized the effects of the hernia. I didn't use to drink these daily - but a number of years ago, I was experiencing excrutiating pain just under my left ribcage every afternoon, and often after I ate. A dolt of a doctor at the practice my insurance at the time allowed me to go to, after not bothering to listen to the answers I gave to the fifty questions he asked (well, that's not entirely true - he heard one answer, and that was the ONE he fixated on) told me he thought it was due to being thrown from a horse 35 years earlier. My eyes immediately starting scanning the certificates on his walls because I wanted to make sure none of my kids attended whatever school he had graduated from.

      I'm another one who dislikes taking pills. Especially anything with side effects, since my karma is such that I'm probably going to end up with one of them (I won't take anything that suggests that death could be a possible side effect, for example). I knew that whatever was going on was gastro-intestinal in nature, and started digging through the internet, pouring through herbal remedies, and lurking around some of the Amish markets local to me that stock all sorts of terrific herbs and herbal concoctions. (Yep, I'm another Lancaster Countian - Southern End.)

      All of which pointed me back to ginger. So I went back to including it in my diet all the time, either in crystalline form (Trader Joe's has a couple very tasty, affordable forms - chews or crystalline), the root in cooking, or with tea. And I haven't had any episodes worth mentioning since.

      Not one of those things the big pharmaceuticals like you to know. You know?

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      johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Hi, and thanks Nancy for the comment. Isn't Ginger, like all other herbs and spices, just wonderful. As to why more others don't use them instead of popping a pill is beyond me. Well, ya can't heal the world.

      Look to hear from you again, Nancy, and spread the word.


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      Nancy 7 years ago

      When I get the occasional indigestion I eat a piece of crystalized ginger instead of a Tums or Rolaids. Works instantly. Ginger tea is wonderful also.