Treatment of GERD

What is GERD?

GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) is also known as Acid Reflux or Reflux Esophagitis (RE).

When you gulp down food it passes down your throat and through your esophagus - a tube (food pipe) that transports food from your throat to your stomach. A muscular valve termed as lower esophageal sphincter (LES) dominates the opening between the esophagus and the stomach and remains firmly closed except when you swallow food. When this sphincter becomes relaxed (Lax LES) due to any reason or is weak, it fails to close. Then the acid of the stomach travels back into the esophagus. This backward movement is called GERD or Acid Reflux causing inflammation of the lining of the oesophagus and leads to heartburn, pain and various other symptoms. Acid reflux can be an excruciating illness and if left untreated it can result in damage to the inner lining of esophagus and larynx (voice box).

Causes of GERD

Dietary causes and certain faulty habits are frequently responsible for initiating GERD in individuals who are prone to develop it.

The following are several contributing factors that weaken or relax the lower esophageal sphincter, making acid reflux worse:

GERD due to Hiatus Hernia

Hiatus hernia is a condition when the upper part of the stomach protrudes up above the diaphragm (Diaphragm is the strong muscle that separates the organs of the chest from those of the abdomen). Normally, the diaphragm acts as an additional barrier, helping the lower esophageal sphincter keep acid from backing up into the esophagus. A hiatus hernia makes it easier for the acid to back up. Hiatus hernia can be caused by persistent coughing, vomiting, straining, or sudden physical exertion. Obesity and pregnancy can make the condition worse. Hiatus hernia is very common in people older than 50 years. Hiatus hernia is treatable with homeopathy medicines. Surgery for Hiatus Hernia can be avoided with Homeopathy treatment.

Symptoms of GERD

Symptoms of GERD are usually worse after lying down and temporarily relieved to some extend by sitting.

Diagnosis of GERD

Diagnosis of GERD is frequently done based on the symptoms. Upper GI Endoscopy and Barium Meal are the commonest investigations done to diagnose GERD.

Complications of GERD

Chronic long-standing GERD may cause certain complications that have been described below:

Homeopathy Treatment of GERD

Homeopathy for GERD

Certain diet changes, life-style modification and homeopathy medicine course is the perfect combination for any case of GERD. Homoeopathy is highly effective in managing all the symptoms of Acid Reflux and furthermore plays a vital role in preventing relapse of the condition. Homoeopathic medicines are prescribed on the basis of physical, emotional, and genetic make up that individualizes a person. This constitutional approach framing mind and body works at the root-level. Homeopathic medicines will help strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter. Chief homeopathy remedies used in treatment of GERD / Gastric Reflux or Lax LES are Argentum Nitricum, Sulphur, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Calcarea Carb, Lycopodium Clavatum, Natrum Muriaticum, Nux Vomica etc. However, the remedy which is selected according to personalization of the case as a whole works best and gives long term benefits. A trained and experienced homeopathy doctor can easily spot the personalized remedy and design a treatment course by studying the case history of the patient.

Homeopathic treatment of GERD is natural, safe, gentle and without any side-effects. Another impressive thing about homeopathy is that people on multiple medications can safely take Homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic drugs are non-habit forming and have no addictive characteristics.

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Since homeopathy treats in totality, it leads to a long-lasting cure, rather than a temporary suppression of symptoms, and you will be able to enjoy all kinds of food to the fullest. So, food lovers, you won't have to think anymore before eating.

How to prevent GERD?

Symptoms of GERD can be prevented significantly by changing habits and lifestyle. The following steps, if followed, may reduce your Acid Reflux significantly.