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Doctor insights on: What Are The Benefits Of Bitter Melon For Acid Reflux

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Does acid reflux cause dry tongue and bitterness?

Does acid reflux cause dry tongue and bitterness?

Possible: Acid reflux can cause a bad taste, sore throat. I am not sure what you mean by a dry tongue.
I hope you are being treated for acid reflux. The acids can badly erode your teeth.
Acid reflux can be caused by sleep apnea. So
if you are tired all the time, snore, gasp for breath while sleeping, are overweight, . ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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If my chest pain, nape pain, stomach ache and bitter taste responded to Mefracid, does this mean that the cause of my chest pain is acid reflux?

If my chest pain, nape pain, stomach ache and bitter taste responded to Mefracid, does this mean that the cause of my chest pain is acid reflux?

Probably but not alw: Just pain is very misleading symptom and don't assume that it is nothing to worry about I have seen cases where the pain is typical for reflux and it turns out to be cardiac. If you have risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure smoking diabetes high cholesterol and you have family history of premature heart disease then you should see your doctor ...Read more

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Burning in throat & feels like something is there when I swallow & bitter taste in mouth. Has lasted for 4 days. Can acid reflux to last this long? N

Burning in throat & feels like something is there when I swallow & bitter taste in mouth. Has lasted for 4 days. Can acid reflux to last this long? N

Maybe, but...: Could also be some other cause for the symptoms. One's doctor can check. Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). ...Read more

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Discomfort in throat causing sneezing especially after eating chocolate, bitter taste in mouth, and frequent need to clear throat /acid reflux or not?

Discomfort in throat causing sneezing especially after eating chocolate, bitter taste in mouth, and frequent need to clear throat /acid reflux or not?

Acid reflux: If you are having acid reflux your doctor can order tests to see how often. A ph probe is placed and studied for24 hours. You can try over the counter medication. Ask your pharmacist. Try to stop caffeine and write down what makes it worse. ...Read more

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For 2 days feels like there's a lump in throat & it burns.Burping & sometime bitter taste in mouth. Antacids don't help-can acid reflux last this long?

For 2 days feels like there's a lump in throat & it burns.Burping & sometime bitter taste in mouth. Antacids don't help-can acid reflux last this long?

Possible LERD: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. May however not be reflux so please get yourself checked. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause throat, neck pain and ear ache? I notice I feel this when my stomach is upset & when i feel sour / bitter taste on tongue. Help!

Can acid reflux cause throat, neck pain and ear ache? I notice I feel this when my stomach is upset & when i feel sour / bitter taste on tongue. Help!

Yes it can!: As the acidic contents of your stomach rises to the back of your throat it can irritate those areas. Also, your brain "refers" pain from the back of your throat to your ears. That's the reason. ...Read more

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Pain in chest,throat,jaw,nape,strong bitter taste,numbing left arm,stomach ache, nausea,feeling of want to poop. Heart attack or acid reflux?confused.

Pain in chest,throat,jaw,nape,strong bitter taste,numbing left arm,stomach ache, nausea,feeling of want to poop. Heart attack or acid reflux?confused.

We are too!: No one symptom definitively indicates a heart attack is or is not in progress, but many people make the fatal mistake of waiting out atypical heart pain. "Heart pain" is often indistinguishable from esophageal, pericardial, mediastinal, gastric, & chest wall distress. However, don't ignore chest pain--get evaluated ASAP. ...Read more

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Is Lipton decaf green tea from the tea bags at Walmart good for acid reflux with ice? Can you get same health benefits from using Lipton tea bags?

Is Lipton decaf green tea from the tea bags at Walmart good for acid reflux with ice? Can you get same health benefits from using Lipton tea bags?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. It is a licorice product found in health food stores. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Decaf is often made using chemicals that are not good for you. ...Read more

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Is there any harm if a patient has no acid reflux or ulcers or gastritis and takes omeprazole for a period of 1 month ? Benefit or bad ?

Is there any harm if a patient has no acid reflux or ulcers or gastritis and takes omeprazole for a period of 1 month ?  Benefit or bad ?

Limited harm: As PPI's like omeprazole are well tolerated particularly in the short run like on the order or weeks to months. But the more important question is why you feel the need to take the medication if you have no reflux, gastritis, peptic ulcer, etc. ...Read more

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Does bitter melon really reduce the chances of diabetes?

Does bitter melon really reduce the chances of diabetes?

Can help treat it: I'm not aware of research showing bitter melon preventing diabetes (though it could) but studies show it can be beneficial in treating diabetes- see http://www.Diabetes.Co.Uk/natural-therapies/bitter-melon.Html
it will help best if combined with a healthy low-glycemic diet ; other herbs ; nutrients- see http://bit.Ly/1fuhuyp
if i had diabetes i would try a raw food diet- see http://bit.Ly/14ozp4j. ...Read more

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Help can bitter melon help lower triglycerides?

Help can bitter melon help lower triglycerides?

No: Be sure you do not have thyroid disease, drink only limited amounts of alcohol or none at all and exercise regularly. If you are overweight: loose weight. If they are really high, you may need medications under supervision.
Fish oil may help. ...Read more

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Is bitter melon high in purines? Can it also trigger gout?

Is bitter melon high in purines? Can it also trigger gout?

Gout foods: Melon has been shown to be good for patients with gout as it may help lower uric acid. If you find yourself craving sweet things such as sodas or high fructose drinks, switch instead to eating blueberries, strawberries, melons, and other satisfying sweet fruit. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is bitter melon by capsules alternative to medication for type 2 diabetes?

I wanted to know is bitter melon by capsules alternative to medication for type 2 diabetes?

No: Bitter melon capsules are not alternatives to the allopathic medications, used for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. Please make an appointment with your PCP and discuss. Thanks ...Read more

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Does bitter melon from Southeast Asia help diabetics by lowering blood sugar?

Does bitter melon from Southeast Asia help diabetics by lowering blood sugar?

Yes: Studies show bitter melon can be beneficial in treating diabetes- see http://www.Diabetes.Co.Uk/natural-therapies/bitter-melon.Html
It will help best if combined with a healthy low-glycemic diet & other herbs & nutrients- see http://bit.Ly/1fuhuyp
If i had diabetes i would try a raw food diet- see http://bit.Ly/14ozp4j ...Read more

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Is bitter melon high in potassium?

Is bitter melon high in potassium?

No: This is practically a staple in asian diets but is mostly water and carbohydrates. It has little potassium or salt for that matter. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that bitter melon and cinnamon help to lower blood glucose level?

Is there any evidence that bitter melon and cinnamon help to lower blood glucose level?

Yes, see below:: Yes, there is evidence that both of these are effective in lowering blood sugar. Most of the studies on bitter melon are animal studies so more research is needed but many have found it effective- see http://tinyurl.com/zygunvx and look at the 2013 article it links to.
The evidence on cinnamon is more contradictory. Like all medicines, it helps some more than others: http://tinyurl.com/h8h29fj ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink bitter melon tea while taking levemir, (insulin detemir)metfomin,voctoza and other meds?

Is it ok to drink bitter melon tea while taking levemir, (insulin detemir)metfomin,voctoza and other meds?

Mgt: Some drinks which contain grapefruit and other fruit juices may alter drug levels. I would recommend checking with your pharmacist as well. ...Read more

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Will bitter melon tablets work for people with type 2 diabetes so they don't have to take januvia (sitagliptin) or metformin?

Will bitter melon tablets work for people with type 2 diabetes so they don't have to take januvia (sitagliptin) or metformin?

Nope: no. There is no clinical effect from taking bitter melon that would be so pronounced as to negate the need for metformin or januvia (sitagliptin). Both metformin and Januvia (sitagliptin) are however great medications which in combination with a controlled carbohydrate diet work extremely well. ...Read more

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Can you cure acid reflux?

Can you cure acid reflux?

No: You can control the sx of reflux with medication and avoidance fo certain spicy, citrus fruits , chocolate, and greasy foods but you can not cure acid reflux. ...Read more

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Best herb for acid reflux?

Best herb for acid reflux?

Aloe vera: Many patients of mine have reported that aloe helps them with their reflux - but remember, reflux and natural treatments have been around for thousands of years yet only with the advent of modern medication do we get truly 24 hour relief, so if the herbal remedies dont work, the next trip is to a doctor. Also, any weight loss or trouble swallowing you must talk with an md! ...Read more

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Could my acid reflux go away?

Could my acid reflux go away?

Yes: it is usually controllable with meds (such as omeprazole, ranitidine, etc).
it may go away with time, particularly if you lose weight, and follow diet recommendations ...Read more

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How do you treat acid reflux?

One way is: to not eat late in the evening before going to bed at least 3-4 hours. Never overeat. Cigarette smoking can also cause acid reflux. Avoid stressors in your environment. Other methods are with medications- antiacids such as tums, (calcium carbonate) H2 blockers such as ranitidine, proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole. Lastly avoid overingestionof NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen which I see you are taking. ...Read more

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How can you control acid reflux?

How can you control acid reflux?

Acid Reducing Meds: Start with taking over-the-counter Omeprazole each morning when you wake up. Also avoid eating right before bedtime.

If symptoms persist go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is acid reflux a serious disease?

Yes: Acid reflux leads to as much lost work time and impaired quality of life as heart disease or major depression. It can also lead to serious complications such as strictures or pre-cancerous changes. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more