Acid Reflux – Heartburn Treated Naturally

Posted on Sep 28, 2022 in Celiac - IBS, Crohns - Colitis, Natural Health, Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements

Acid Reflux – Heartburn Treated Naturally

Irritated esophageal tissues need time to heal. This is achieved in essentially three approaches.

  1. By reducing gastric acidity so that any stomach reflux that reaches the esophagus will be less irritating to the tissues. 2. Maintain a high degree of pressure in the area of the esophageal sphincter in order to avoid acid reflux from the stomach. 3. Minimize direct irritation by food making contact with the inflamed esophageal mucosa.

1. Reduce the Stomach Acid Secretion

You can reduce gastric acidity merely by eating dinner earlier. Studies have shown when people ate their dinner at 6:00pm instead of 9:00pm; their gastric acidity was significantly lower.

As to specific foods, it takes only two cups of regular coffee or tea to stimulate gastric acid production. Chocolate does the same, suggesting that the culprit may be the methylxanthine content of these foods. Milk used to be thought of as an acid neutralizer; however, while it does have a transient neutralizing effect on gastric acidity, this effect is soon followed by a rise in acid secretion.

2. Tighten the Lower Esophageal Sphincter

In regard to the pressure in the lower esophageal sphincter, the ingestion of carminatives, such as peppermint, spearmint and chamomile, will decrease esophageal pressure. Note: Coffee, alcohol and chocolate, in addition to stimulating the secretion of gastric acid, are potent sphincter relaxants.

Fat dramatically decreases lower esophageal pressure, even in normal subjects. Persistent reflux occurred during the night in most trails only after a high fat meal.     

3. Avoid Irritating the Raw Esophageal Lining

Food substances that further irritate the inflamed esophageal mucosa include chili and other spicy foods, tomato products, dairy, garlic, fish oil supplements and citrus juices. Avoid direct contact with coffee which promotes acid sensitive irritation and heartburn. Acid sensitive patients are sensitive to coffee even if its pH is adjusted to make it non-acidic. Also the high acidity of soft drinks appears to be the reason that their intake directly correlates with symptoms scores among people already suffering from heartburn. These dietary measures should become routing for anyone suffering from the disorder.

Liquid chlorophyll – 1 to 2 tsp. 3 times a day in 1 cup of water sipped several times daily or as needed

Lactobacillus acidophilus – 3 capsules daily

Fresh papaya, pineapple, kiwi – before a meal aids digestion

Essential Fatty acids – flax seed oil, salmon oil, evening primrose oil, twice daily

Medicinal clay – 1 tsp. to a glass of water 3 times a day, 1 hour before meals

Under Acidity

Digestive enzyme formula including the pancreatic enzyeme

Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar with meals will aid digestion

Low hydrochloric acid (HLC) – Betaine hydrochloride 3 capsules 3 times daily

Herbal Remedies

Lemon balm – relaxes a nervous stomach

Peppermint – stimulates bile flow, reduces nausea, nervous stomach

Fennel – take after dinner for gripping pains

Chamomile – relief of indigestion

Gentian root and leaves and Dandelion root – combine together for gas, indigestion, bloating and constipation.

Aloe vera juice – 2 tablesppons 3 times a day


Lycopodium – gas, bloating after eating

Carbo vegetabilis – gas after eating simple foods and/or belching provides relief

Nux Vomica – indigestion from eating too much or fast; alcohol, coffee

Arsenicum – problems at night accompanied with much restlessness and burning pain.  

Lifestyle Suggestions

One suggestion is to elevate the head of your bed with 3-6 inch blocks or foam wedges that lift your body from the waste up; sleeping on your side, stress reduction, exercise, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake. Do not eat before going to bed. Eat 4 to 6 light meals a day, instead of two or three large meals is highly important. Avoid ice in drinks. Try not to food combine: starches with proteins. Fruit intake; 1 hour before or 3 hours after a meal.


Most gastroenterologists and other physicians treat acid reflux and heartburn with antacids and acid blocking drugs such as Prilosec and Prevacid. Side effects of these drugs include headaches, diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea. Furthermore, symptoms may worsen once you stop taking the drug and the underlying balance is not corrected. Some individuals taking Prilosec for several years notice a degradation of stomach lining. Medications such as aspirin and other NSAIDs (non- steroid anti-inflammatory drugs), calcium channel blockers, asthma drugs and hormones may cause reflux.

I have come across some herbal products I am not familiar with but look very interesting. I am unsure if they are available in Canada. A Chinese Herbalist may have these herbal products or order online.

The below TCM are only an extra suggestion for awareness and another option – however I have never needed to use these products in conjunction with the above recommendations.

TCM products are Ease Plus and Quiet Digestion

Ease Plus ( Chai Hu Mu Li Long Gu Tang ) contains: Oyster shell Mu Li, Dragon bone Long Gu, Bupleurum Chai Hu, Ginseng Ren Shen, Ginger Gan Jiang, Pinellia Ban Xia, Scute Huang Qin, Cinnamon Gui Zhi, Rhubarb Da Huang, Saussurea Mu Xiang. Oyster shell Mu Li Dragon bone Long Gu (fossilized minerals) are used to reverse reflux by quieting the acidity and redirecting rebellious qi downward.

 Bupleurum Chai Hu harmonizes qi and has anti-inflammatory properties.

 Rhubarb Da Huang guides energy downward.

 Scute Huang Qin, a berberine-containing herb has ant- microbial properties.

 Saussurea Mu Xiang harmonizes the flow of qi.

Ginseng Ren Shen and Ginger Gan Jiang strengthen the digestive organs and calm nausea respectively.

 Pinellia Ban Xia harmonizes qi and dispels phlegm.

Quiet Digestion ( Poria Fu Ling, Coix Yi Yi Ren, Shen Chu Shen Qu, Magnolia Hou Po, Angelica Bai Zhi, Pueraria Ge Gen, Red Atractylodes Cang Zhu, Saussurea Mu Xiang, Pogostemon Huo Xaing, Oryza Gu Ya, Trichosanthes Root Tian Hua Fen, Chrysanthemum Ju Hua, Halloysite Chi Shi Zhi, Citrus Hu Hong, Mentha Bo He ),  a remedy traditionally used for food stagnation.

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