Herbs have been used since many ages to reduce the hyper-secretion of gastric acid. Before the invention of newer drugs like H-2 receptor blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors, only herbal remedies were available to address the symptoms of gastric acid reflux. Research suggests that herbs such as Gycerrhiza glabra or liquorice, Asperagus racemosus, Santalum album, Cyperus rotundus, Rubia Cordifolia, Ficus bengalensis, Fumaria parviflora, Bauhinia variegate, Mangifera indica,
are traditionally believed to be effective to reduce the gastric acid secretion, to heal the erosions of the soft mucosal linings of stomach and esophagus. Similarly resonance homeopathic formulations like Natrum Phos and Argentum nit also help in improving the digestion and produce an alkalizing effect. Studies suggest that Natrum Phos may work by kick-starting the repair of damaged tissues. Studies suggest that Argentums nit may neutralize the acid present in the stomach for quicker improvement.
These herbal remedies may help to soothe the spasms and reduce regurgitation of stomach contents into the esophagus.
We all need to adopt a holistic approach in tackling GERD and that day would not be far when heartburn will be history for all of us.
Let us all share our experiences and help each other in conquering GERD.