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heartburn natural home remedies

Updated on October 12, 2009

What is Heartburn?

It’s almost certainly true that home remedies for heartburn have been around for as long as heartburn itself. So what exactly is heartburn and is it the same as indigestion? Some people seem to regard them as one and the same thing; maybe no one ever explained the difference to them. Lets face it have you ever had a detailed discussion with anyone about the symptoms and sensations you experience when you’ve got something bothering you, excluding your doctor of course. Indigestion (medically known a dyspepsia) is a feeling generally experienced in the chest area and often described as being bloated, discomfort, or a feeling of fullness. It may be accompanied by belching.

heartburn or heart attack?
heartburn or heart attack?

Heartburn or heart attack?

Heartburn is normally taken to mean the feeling of painful burning sensations felt in the upper chest which is caused by acid reflux. That is caused by the stomach contents being leaked up into the oesophagus when the sphincter or valve which normally closes the stomach is relaxed through over eating or certain types of food or alcohol. The pain of heartburn can be so distressing that sufferers feel they may be having a heart attack, in fact that is the most common reason for people to end up in the emergency room. Even doctors can find it difficult to tell the difference for sure without tests.

Ginger for heartburn

The most common home remedy for heartburn which has surely been tried by all sufferers at some time is bicarbonate of soda dissolved in water, though I’m not sure how often it’s to be found in kitchen cupboards these days. Perhaps a more pleasant remedy is ginger. It can be taken as a tea made either from dried ginger or fresh root. Alternatively you can nibble crystallized ginger.

Natural remedies for heartburn

Other natural remedies for heartburn are teas or infusions made from the bark or flowers of various plants and trees such as Slipper elm, calendula (marigold), or camomile. Slippery elm contains an ingredient called mucilage which when mixed with water forms a slipper glutinous substance which gives a soothing and protective coating to your digestive tract.

Peppermint is quite often recommended as a remedy though it is generally recognised as one of the foods which cause relaxing of the sphincter between the oesophagus and the stomach. Another relaxer is chocolate; other more widely acknowledged causes of heartburn are fatty food, highly spiced foods, citrus fruits and fizzy drinks. Perhaps more obviously, fatty foods, spices and possibly citrus fruits, acidic carbonated drinks. If you’re suffering a lot from heartburn try avoiding some or all of these foods.

Aloe Vera is a plant which has gained popularity in recent times as a natural remedy for many conditions including heartburn. Please note however that you will need to take it around twenty minutes before eating your meal. Also ensure that you are taking the correctly prepared extract of the Aloe Vera juice as the plant is known to contain powerful laxative ingredients.

Natural holistic remedy for heartburn

f you’re being woken in the night by heartburn/acid reflux, which I can personally attest to as being a very unpleasant experience, then try to make sure you don’t eat for at least a couple of hours before you go to bed. Also try raising the head end of your mattress, or sleep on a pile of pillows to make sure you don’t lie flat.

Did you know that it is believed that regular use of over the counter remedies for heartburn like antacids can cause you long term damage? Find out about a simple holistic natural way to stop suffering from heart burn at  Heartburn-Away


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    dsmith1 6 years ago

    Wow, that's scary if even doctors sometimes can't tell the difference between heartburn and a heart attack! I hope I'm never in that position. Prevention is definitely the best cure, I believe. Great hub, voted up.

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    KevCC 8 years ago

    I'm pleased it was helpful.

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    Mega1 8 years ago

    Wonderful hub - I didn't know that about slippery elm. I knew it was good for headaches. Thanks for this informative and concise hub!