GERD (Acid Reflux)

Gastro esophageal reflex is a backflow of the stomach content into the esophagus. This reflex irritate the lining of your esophagus. Most of the people can manage this discomfort of GERD through life style changes and over the mild medication but someone with severe problem of GERD may needs stronger medicine with diet regulation.

Causes and Symptoms:

  1. Burning sensation in the chest region (Heart Burn) mostly after eating something, which may worsen at night
  2. Chest pain
  3. Lethargic
  4. Difficulties in swallowing
  5. Regurgitation of foods
  6. Feeling heaviness in chest and throat
  7. Chronic coughing
  8. Laryngitis
  9. Sleep disturbed
  10. Pain and inflammation may increases when the person in lay down position
  11. Obesity is the common cause
  12. Prolonged irritation of esophagus rarely causes pre-cancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus or ulcer
  13. If untreated narrowing of esophagus developed

Diagnosis:

Early stage this can be diagnosed clinically, but endoscopy is required for confirmation, if not relived by treatment later stage endoscopic biopsy is required.

Ayurvedic Treatment of GERD:

In Ayurveda this is known as Pittaj Udavart in which sneh and tikshna guna of Pitta is increased.

Ayurvedic treatment have included shodhan and shaman chikitsa, in shodhan process recommended vaman and virechan panchkarma while in shaman chikitsa have included Tikta ras Pradhan aushadhi is the best choice, Aam pachan along with the vatanuloman chikitsa.


GERD is curable disease without surgery

Effective Ayurvedic treatment of GERD is available at lowest cost i.e oral ayurvedic medication at least 4-6 months regularly required.

Some herbal decoction like giloy, patol, yastimadhu, is beneficial in GERD.

Sadyo vaman (Panchkarma procedure) is recommended in acute phase.

While in chronic phase or 2nd phase madhura ras (sweet) is recommended like Draksha, satawari, Maduyasti etc

Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. Medicine should be taken one hrs after meal and at bed time to neutralize stomach acid.
  2. For proper healing medicine should be continue at least 4 months regularly
  3. Raising the head end of the bed is useful (approximate 3 inch)
  4. Absolute avoidance of coffee and tea
  5. Completely avoid Asava & Arista based medicine
  6. Completely avoid spicy sour, salty, fast foods, fermented foods, and citrus fruits
  7. Chocklet, oil, smooking, alcohol, Pain killer NSAID, asprin, are dangerous in this case
  8. Continue the prescribed ayurvedic medicine for 6 months

Home remedies:

  1. Dhanyak Hima (coriander powder 5 gm boil with 250 ml water filter and keep it for sometime after normalize the temperature add 5 ml honey take it at morning)
  2. Stop the intake of water during the meal, take water after one hrs of the meal
  3. A gap between dinner and sleeping should be two hrs.