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GERD Herbal remedies

GERD, or Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is also known as acid reflux disease. This occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly, allowing the contents of the stomach to leak back up into the esophagus. This ring of muscle is like a valve that closes off the stomach from the esophagus. People of all ages, including infants, can get reflux disease.


Symptoms of GERD include a burning sensation in the upper chest or throat known as heartburn. This sensation must happen more than twice a week to be considered a symptom of reflux disease. Sometimes the stomach acid can be tasted in the back of the mouth. When this happens, it is known as acid indigestion. Some people with reflux do not have heartburn, but they do feel chest pain, and they experience hoarseness in the morning or have trouble swallowing. This ailment can also cause bad breath and a dry cough.


The underlying cause of GERD is not known. Hiatal hernias may contribute to this disease. A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach is above the diaphragm. Other contributing factors may include the use of alcohol, being overweight, smoking, stress, gall bladder disorders or being pregnant. Some foods may also contribute to the problem: citrus, chocolate, caffeinated drinks, fried and fatty foods, garlic, onions, mint flavorings, spicy foods and tomato-based foods like pizza, chili and spaghetti.


If symptoms persist even after treatment, you may need additional tests and possibly surgery.

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