What is GERD or Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease or Acidity or Acid Reflux:-
Your stomach is filled with acid. Its purpose is to help digest the food you eat. Believe it or not, this acid is the same acid as battery acid. Your stomach is built to handle the acid it produces. However, your esophagus is not. So when acid backs up into your esophagus, it can cause the burning sensation known as heart burn.
Almost everyone has occasional heartburn. But if these symptoms occur two or more days a week for at least 3 months, you may have GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease or acidity or acid reflux disease. Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly, allowing acid to back up into the esophagus.
It is a chronic condition and it is extremely common. It may lead to more serious medical conditions, but is treatable. Studies estimate that approximately 19 million people in the United States may have GERD i.e. gastro esophageal reflux disease or acidity or acid reflux. In fact, approximately 4.6 million doctor visits each year are made to discuss GERD symptoms.
In conventional treatment- There are 4 common treatment options for GERD or gastro esophageal reflux dies acidity or acid reflux:
GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease or acidity or acid reflux is a chronic condition. Once it begins, it usually is lifelong. If there is injury to the lining of the esophagus, this also is a chronic condition. Moreover, after the esophagus has healed with treatment and the medicines are stopped, the injury will return in most patients within a few months.
Once treatment is begun, therefore, it usually will need to be continued indefinitely as considered by the allopath, although it is argued that in some patients with intermittent symptoms and no esophagi is, conventional treatment can be intermittent and done only during symptomatic periods.
Homoeopathy offers you a promising lifelong cure and you do not have to continue medicines for your whole life. With certain life style changes and medications this condition can be cured within a span of time.
Homoeopathy is a natural form of medicine. In a typical case of healing, a person’s complete symptoms will be treated all at once. Also, once gone, these symptoms should never rise again.
Once treatment is started it reduces reflux, relieves symptoms and prevents further damage to the esophagus. Unlike conventional treatment who suppresses the symptoms homoeopathic remedies cure the GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease or acidity or acid reflux from the root. Also, homoeopathic medicines do not cause any side effects or addiction and are much more subtle than drugs of conventional medicine.
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Homoeopathic remedies which give great relief in GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease or acidity of acid reflux. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the physician. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus remedies are tailor made unlike conventional medicine in which all patients receive the same antacids, mucosal protective agents, pro motility agents, acid suppressive agents and so on although trade name may be different.
Signs and Symptoms
Many people have different heart burn triggers, but most people have similar heartburn symptoms:
GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease or acidity or acid reflux may be difficult to detect in infants and children. Symptoms may vary from typical adult symptoms. GERD in children may cause repeated vomiting, effortless spitting up, coughing, and other respiratory problems. Inconsolable crying, failure to gain weight, refusing food, bad breath, and belching or burning is also common. Children may have one symptoms or many; no single symptom is universal in all children with GERD.
Approximately 4 million babies born in the US, each year, up to 35% of them may have difficulties with reflux in the first few months of their life. Most of these children will outgrow reflux by their first birthday. However, a small by significant number of them will not outgrow the condition and continue to have it into their teen years.
Children who have had heartburn that does not seem to go away, or any other GERD symptoms for a while, should take it seriously.
What Triggers It
Certain foods and lifestyle are considered to promote GERD or Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease or Acidity or Acid Reflux:
To diagnose if you have GERD or Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease, you will be asked to describe the type of symptoms you have, their severity, their frequency, and how long the symptoms last.
The most common symptoms include heartburn and acid regurgitation (reflux), in which stomach acid backs up into the mouth. These symptoms are often made worse by bending over, stooping or lying flat. If you have had partial or temporary relief with over the counter medicines, let the doctor know.
Apart from your history, few diagnostic tests are also ordered. Investigations are also done for patients who have what are called ‘alarm symptoms’. Alarm symptoms include weight loss, anemia, bleeding from your gastro intestinal tract (either vomiting blood or having blood in your bowel movements), difficulty swallowing or pain on swallowing.
The following lifestyle changes have been shown to have a positive effect on symptoms associated with GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease or acidity or acid reflux in some patients:
Avoiding certain foods and drinks including: