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Herbal Remedies For Gerd
Should be treated: Gerd is common--present in about 70 million americans. As such, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated, especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening. ...Read more
Short Fasts: Best treatment for acute or chronic gastritis starts with periods of short fasts, it may be enough for three days for acute gastritis during the fasts fresh fruit juices may be taken.It gives the stomach some rest to recover from the inflammation.You can also take over the counter antacids to suppress acid in the stomach. There are many home remedies suggested like tamarind water, buttermilk bland d. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DGL,slippery elm: Chronic or recurring heartburn needs to be checked out by a doc to make sure there aren't ulcerations, erosions, infection, cancer etc. Heartburn can be worsened by mint, chamomile, tobacco, alcohol, sweets, coffee, chocolate, fried food, spicy, or acidic food, large deglycyrrhinated licorice can coat the esophagus (w/o adrenal/kidney side effects); slippery elm can help-ok short term. ...Read more
Talk to dr.first: Kava -- might relax you w/o the feelings of sedation, but in some studies was linked to liver problems. If you have liver problems, don't take it w/o discussing with your doctor first. Vit. B and Folic Acid are believed to affect production of neurotransmitters and thus help with anxiety. Valerian -- helps with sleep and is believed to help with anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No scietific studies: Even thogh herbal remedies are and have been recommended by alternate medicine doctors, there are not any acceptable scintific studies to support their use in this day and age asthma is an inflammatory condition of the bronchi and you need to treat the inflammation and bronchospasm both and avoid the triggers like cig smoke therefore i can not recommend herbal medicines for treating this serious co. ...Read more
Should be treated: Gerd is common--present in about 70 million americans. As such, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated, especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Integrative therapy: Alternative treatments for depression include acupuncture, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, meditation, coaching, and herbal supplementation. St. John's wort has been shown to improve mild depression. Of course, it is best to see a trained holistic professional before starting this or any alternative or traditional therapy. ...Read more
Individualized : Approach. There are many causes that may include: stress, hormones, infections, inflammation, structural to name a few. Best is to work together with a gastroenterologist to arrive at the correct answer for you. Everyone is different and there is not one straight approach. You may start with as simple as an elimination diet and record which foods may aggravate you. Best wishes! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Natural treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and support groups. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. If you have severe depression therapy and medication work best. ...Read more
None: Eye infections are either viral, for which no remedy is available (except for herpes) or bacterial for which excellent antibiotics are used. No herbal remedies will be of use in either case. Very rarely infection is also caused by fungus and amoebas. Your ophthalmologist should always be consulted for eye infections. ...Read more
What herbal meds/teas are good for the following:gastritis/gerd, chronic anxiety, tense muscles (all the above I have from extreme stress!) please thx?
We do not advocate: The physicians here do not advocate for any herbal or dietary specifics. Teas and herbs are used in all of the cultures of the world for a variety of reasons and purported health benefits. Medicine in general does not have must to add in regards to whether these are truly beneficial or not. ...Read more
Many: Dietary changes, medication, endoscopic (example - Stretta), or surgical (example - Nissen fundoplication, Linx) procedures. Depends on severity of symptoms, presence or absence of a hiatal hernia, size of hernia, and overall condition. Also depends on goals if therapy. See your primary care to get started. Hope this helps! ...Read more
.: First try non medication. Including head end elevation position at sleep, burping well, thicken feeds and stir bottle and not shake. If they do not work can try h2 blocker like ranitidine. But a large part of gerd is non acidic reflex. May not be relieved by medication. If gerd too bad causing poor wt or distress or pneumonias, may need surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complex: I think that reflux is a complex disease and more a mechanical problem. It could be transient but when it persists it should be carefully studied and addressed accordingly. Medications are the first line and then surgical procedures can be considered. Medications only address the symptoms and do not correct the problem. See your doctor. Don't just take over the counter meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My father(55) has GERD and also complains of pain in upper back. Could these be related? What should be the treatment?
The same as GERD: The treatment is the same for both gerd and silent gerd. Low acidic foods and/or medications such as h2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors can relieve symptoms, if you have them. Speak with your doctor about which plan is most appropriate for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple treat: Gastro esophageal reflux disease = gerd. This is generally synonymous with "acid reflux" or "heart burn". If you take "acid blockers", you decrease/eliminate stomach acid, however, that does not stop reflux into esophagus. It just decreases and/or eliminates the acidic content of material that refluxes into the esophagus. Hopefully, alleviating symptoms of reflux. ...Read more
Is there a correlation between asthma n gerd? While giving treatment to asthma, GERD should also be treat?
Small meals: Small frequent meals, low in fat and fried foods- cause they delay stomach emptying. Foods that dont contain caffeine such as coffee and tea and dark chocolate would be helpful since these products also increase acid production in the stomach. If overweight, losing weight can decrease the pressure on the abdomen that is contributing to reflex. ...Read more
I need longterm treatment for GERD, I take only Lustral 50 mg for depression Nd I have been suffering from GERD for more than 3 years?
Consider tricyclic: Lustral (sertraline) is an SSRI-type antidepressant. This medication class is associated with GERD and with upper GI bleeding (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24993365) Tricyclic antidepressants (like amitriptyline) have H2 receptor blocking activity, which may be stomach-protective (e.g. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12570020) Talk to your doc about whether this would be appropriate. ...Read more