When you usually eat or drink anything, whatever you consume passes into your mouth, through the food pipe called esophagus and into the stomach. From the stomach, this food is partially digested and passed on into the intestines to complete the process of digestion.

The food that you eat usually never comes back into your mouth. However, in GERD, the food from the stomach tends to reflux back into the esophagus causing discomfort and the classical symptom described as “heartburn”.

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What are the symptoms of GERD?

  • The most commonly experienced symptom is heartburn or a feeling as something is burning in the centre of the chest. This can also be mistaken for a heart attack.
  • Regurgitation of food or liquids in the mouth
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Sensation as if something is stuck or knotted inside the chest
  • Difficulty in swallowing because of the continuous assault of the throat lining with acid of the stomach
  • Cough that typically comes on lying down at night

Why does GERD occur?

A small, firm band of muscle fibres form a ring-like structure called sphincter at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach. This ring-like sphincter prevents backflow of stomach contents. However, in GERD, this sphincter becomes lax, especially when a meal has been eaten, and this causes food in the stomach to reflux back into the esophagus causing distressing symptoms.

Here are certain factors that can give rise to such a phenomenon:

  • Smoking
  • Caffeine-rich drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Eating a fat-rich meal
  • Certain medications like antidepressants, sedatives and tranquilizers
  • Pregnancy

How does Homeopathy help in GERD?

GERD requires a continuous process of treatment that is gentle and easy on the constitution. With Homeopathy, it is possible to take care of GERD. As of today, more than 50 remedies have been documented to show a positive effect in the management of reflux disease or acidity.

The sooner treatment is begun, the better and longer are the chances of recovery. Timely homeopathic treatment also prevents the rise of unwanted complications like ulcers, structural changes in the cells of the esophagus and even cancer.

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