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How to Overcome Gastric Reflux Related Sickness Using Natural Herbs

Updated on May 9, 2020
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The author is postgraduate in Botany and experienced in IPR handling as well as agribusiness management with an MBA, lives in a farmhouse.

Burping Habits

Everyone like well-prepared tasty items for their meals. Once along with a good company of family and friends, the consumption of tasty food crosses limits. Sumptuous food intake for meals and fluid and solid foods combination gives you an indication in the form of belching.

It is a good sign that enough eating releases air in the form of burp indicates normal condition, if burps are limited to one or two. Consuming some amount of air along with the food causes burping or belching to release the air out from the oesophagus. Once you release that air, it becomes comfortable. Within two to three hours the eating tiredness also will vanish and you will be back in action after sumptuous consumption of food.

Drinking sufficient water is good for health
Drinking sufficient water is good for health

Too Much Belching

Belching once or twice after meals are just fine. Drinking carbonated drinks also may cause three to four belches. But what about much more burping, now and then?

Recently this is becoming a more common disorder. People use to burp uncontrolled. If the air is relieved, it’s fine, otherwise, it starts giving burning sensation and tightness in the chest. Persons affected by this disorder totally feel discomfort. They feel unable to release the gas, but keep on trying to burp. Occasionally, they burp, but unable to release the air. It makes it difficult to sit, stand or lie-down.

Recently, many of the people are suffering from gastric problems. It is very difficult to understand whether it is due to improper food habit or due to ill health.

Food Habit Related Problems

Junk foods and various chemical ingredients react with body fluids. Spicy food items even otherwise cause oesophageal disturbances. Sometimes these along with some baking chemicals such as sodium bicarbonates and preservatives such as sodium benzoate cause damage to the mucus membrane of the digestive system. These reactions cause the production of reflux secretions and this result in gastric disorders. Initially, these induce belching and later vomiting etc.

People affected by this mostly feel congestion in chest, mild pain and sometimes intestinal cramp-like pains.

Change from traditional food to junk food habits, change of frying oil type, change of cuisine, novel recipes also might cause such issues. In some of the mild cases, drinking plenty of water relieves from temporary disorder. In long term troubling cases, medical interventions or natural remedies are essential.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorders

Those who suffer from these symptoms are said to be suffering from gastro-oesophageal reflux disorders (GORD) or gastroesophageal reflux disorders (GERD). These symptoms are in simpler terms also known as acid refluxes. Common men in India tell as gastric or even “gas”. GORD or GERD is the short form of this disorder.

Spicy food is not at all good for persons suffering from gastric reflux
Spicy food is not at all good for persons suffering from gastric reflux

Meet a Physician

Erratic food habits cause such belches most of the times, while some other physiological disorders such as mild heart disease, cancer or hernia also may cause such disorders. Therefore, every chest congestion may not be because of gastric acid refluxes. So wise action would be to meet a physician handling such issues.

Even the medical practitioner has difficulty to understand the actual reason behind such disorders. It may be due to erratic food habit. It may also be due to adulterated food. It may also be due to the drinking of insufficient water.

Whatever may be the reason those who are suffering from the disorder are feeling helpless sometimes. Extreme chest congestion makes it unable to sit, stand or lie-down.

Extreme discomfort and inability to do the routine activities when it gets triggered.

Imbalance in the oesophageal and intestinal lining causes acidity. The biochemical reactions are regulated physiologically to some extent and also influenced by mental worries.

There is a famous anecdote on this disorder "Oh Lord! save me from GORD". This is the sufferer's prayers to the God.

Gastroesophageal refluxes cause abominal pain
Gastroesophageal refluxes cause abominal pain

Natural Medicines to Reduce Burping

A concoction of Adathoda vasica plant, Azadirachta indica bark, Eclipta alba plant, Glycirizha glabra stem, Emblica officinalis, Terminalia chebula and Terminalia bellerica fruits, Trichosathes dioica and Tinospora cordifolia plant and Swertia chirayita plant, in water, helps to overcome acidic reflux.

Onion, garlic, mint, ginger, etc are also helpful in mild cases.

Once you have recovered from the severe disorder, having tender coconut water once in a while, lemon juice in water some other times, occasionally drinking ginger tea, mixing a pinch of turmeric in hot cows milk, all can help to stay away from GORD.

Cuminum cyminum (cumin seed), Ferula asafetida (asafetida powder) and Trachyspermum ammi (carom seed) powdered ingredient mix helps to overcome gastric problems. A pinch of this mixture relieves from gastritis within a few minutes. This will be strong and hot, so just a pinch will be sufficient for relief.

Do not drink water alone, more than two-litre per day with the aim to relieve from symptoms of acidity, unless you are advised by a doctor to drink more of it. Drinking too much water at a stretch may dilute potassium and cause potassium deficiency symptoms. Treating acidity with mild acid lemon juice mixed with eight-times water is an intestinal acidity regulation formula and also a source of vitamin C to the body.

This is where traditional medicinal kitchen garden and seasonal use of medicinal herbs and locally available fruits and vegetables play a major role. Homemade dishes and locally available materials remain much more harmless than the processed junk foods and bakery products which will, later on, make the life miserable.

Carom seeds instantly relieve from belching
Carom seeds instantly relieve from belching

Sourcing Natural Products

Even if it requires some hardship, sourcing out naturally grown products will save health. Some of the leafy vegetables can be grown in pots and gardening bags. Doing some leafy vegetable gardening keeps you busy and happy. Keeping punctuality of time for taking food and controlling diet will help to stay well. Meditation and exercise will help in remaining calm and avoiding tension related sicknesses.

Final Words

Gastroesophageal reflux disorders cause considerable anxiety and social distancing habits. Instead of suffering from a lot of pain, it is always good to consult a physician and get curing medicines. Among the various medicines masking the effects, use of natural medicines and getting enzyme repressor action for relief is the better option to overcome the gastroesophageal reflux disorder.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Halemane Muralikrishna


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