A general health article about Acid Reflux from Your Health Online the A to Z directory of dealing with Health Problems & Self Care Strategies
Acid-Reflux is the other generally used name of Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, also more often referred as GERD.
What Causes Acid Reflux?
The disease causes damage to the esophagus as the acidic contents from the stomach, containing acids and pepsin, pushes back to the esophagus since the sphincter becomes weak and can no-more prevent the contents from stomach from gushing back in esophagus.
The acidic contents burn the esophagus and causes irritation in the esophagus.
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Acid Reflux Treatment/Therapy:
This is a chronic disease, which has life long repercussions. The treatment in this case can only help temporarily, i.e., as well as one continues with the medication.
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Self Care strategies for Living with Acid Reflux
The very commonly used resort to escape the pains and the problems from GERD is going for an antacid.
These are actually helpful in case of short-term and infrequent attacks of the disease. But these can’t provide much relief for a long time.
The most popular and largely used drug for this disease is PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitors), this is the drug which is generally prescribed by the doctors for relief from the pains causing due to the attacks of Acid Reflux.
The drug helps in stopping the production of the acidic contents in the stomach which pushes into esophagus and cause acid reflux. Not many side effects do these drugs have, but are really relieving at times of attacks.
The other drug primarily prescribed by the doctors all over the world for Acid Reflux is 2 Blocker, which also restores relief to the esophagus. Both these drugs have been proved to be successful drug therapy for long term acid reflux sufferers.
But patients with more severe damages, who don’t respond to these drugs, are prescribed more radical drugs, with strong effects, known as Promotility agents.
These drugs have sometimes adverse side effects, so these are very seldom prescribed by the doctors.
Diet change strategies:
People can change their diets to actually eliminate or reduce the effects of Acid Reflux. A proper routine can be made to reduce the problem which generally causes due to the irregular habits of eating or eating more junk food and also from excessive drinking.
Patients also in this case maintain diaries for keeping a track of what they eating and drinking to keep a check on the recurrence of the attacks of Acid Reflux.
And when these controlled diets also don’t help in controlling the disease then the doctors resorts to drugs to keep the disease in a controlled position.
One of the key factors in having good health is to have your overall level of wellness high. Many people who have digestive problems also have a range of other problems. If we are able to get your general wellness high then working with your body to repair everything else is much easier.
Once you have looked through this information on herbal support for digestive problems like Acid Reflux go and have a closer look on our pages on nutritional support for your body. It give a key to getting your whole system working well and assists the best healing of all, helping your body heal itself.
One of the most powerful natural ways to assist healing of digestive problems is with the use of Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera is one of the few natural healing products that has been consistently used for thousands of years. Many products go through waves of popularity but aloe is one of those few products that is always there.
Aloe Vera heals where it touches. Many people grow Aloe Vera in their gardens and when they have a problem with themselves or their children they cut of one of the succulent leaves of the plant and supply it straight to the skin.
If you have a cut or an abrasion then using Aloe Vera will often significantly increase the rate of healing. I personally have had cuts and abrasions that I would have expected to take two weeks to heal but using Aloe Vera has led to those injuries sealing up and not being painful within just a couple of days.
People often refer to Aloe Vera as if it was some sort of magic plant. Of course there are no grounds to much such a claim but if you can sort out your digestive problems using Aloe Vera then you may also come to think the same way.
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