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Have you ever felt an uncomfortable burning sensation in your throat or chest that kept you awake at night? Almost everyone experiences such occasional heartburn or acid reflux symptoms. For many people, all it takes is drinking a cup of extra tea, skipping breakfast or going to bed on a very full stomach. While occasional heartburn is not something to worry about but if you are experiencing acid reflux symptoms like heartburn or chest pain more than twice a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Typically, acid reflux symptoms are treated with over-the-counter antacids. If you are someone who carries a strip of antacids to treat your acid reflux symptoms, please keep in mind that antacids only suppress the stomach acid either by neutralizing it or by inhibiting the acid production in the stomach and don’t treat the inflammation caused by acid reflux/ GERD. When the esophagus is left inflamed over time, it can erode the lining, or, rarely, develop ulcers in the stomach or cancer. This is why it’s important to not self-treat acid reflux symptoms with over-the-counter medications. While a doctor might give the go-ahead to use antacids, this type of medication is only a temporary solution.
So if antacids aren’t the solution for treating acid reflux symptoms, what is? A combination of the right foods, healthy lifestyle and Ayurvedic natural remedies can heal the problem right from the root to give you a safe and long-term solution. Here’s how –
Safe and Natural Ayurvedic Treatment for Acid Reflux
Before understanding about Ayurvedic treatment for acid reflux, let us first understand ‘why does it occur?’
Acid reflux is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the esophagus and stomach becomes weak. According to Ayurveda, acid reflux occurs when an individual has an imbalance of Pitta dosha (heat or fire element). Aggravated Pitta leads to an increase of acidic content in stomach fluids, which then refluxes, back upwards to the esophagus and cause acid reflux symptoms like heartburn, chest pain, pain while swallowing, sour belching, nausea, and chronic dry cough that worsens at night.
In our modern lifestyle and diet pattern, there are many factors that increases Pitta dosha such as consuming hot, spicy, fried, oily and greasy foods, skipping breakfast, irregular eating pattern, going to sleep soon after taking heavy meals, drinking too much tea, coffee or alcohol, smoking, and increased intake of painkillers and antibiotics. Excessive thinking, anger, and stress can also create an imbalance of Pitta in your body.
Ayurveda treatment begins with first identifying the underlying cause behind acid reflux for each individual and then offers a personalised treatment plan that is tailor-made to your unique body system. Ayurveda focuses on balancing your vitiated doshas by suggesting natural remedies and medicines, a natural diet plan and several lifestyle recommendations that eradicate the problem from the root. As a result, Ayurveda not only sets you free from the acid reflux symptoms but also strengthens your digestive power and improves the overall quality of life.
Here are a few natural remedies that you can follow to get rid of acid reflux symptoms:
Diet and lifestyle tips:
As you can see, there is no need to suffer from heartburn and acid reflux or to take acid-blocking drugs. Try the changes suggested here to soothe your stomach and have your gut engine humming in no time. If you feel your acid reflux symptoms are persistent and not getting better with natural remedies and lifestyle changes, please consult an Ayurvedic doctor for a safe, effective and root-cause based solution.
For other digestive issues , please consider taking the best medicine for digestion
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