What is acid reflux?
Acid Reflux is a digestive disorder in which the acid from the stomach move up to the oesophagus and irritates the lining of the food pipe. It is a very common condition that features a burning pain known as heartburn, in the epigastrium, nausea and regurgitation of food. It is also calles Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is diagnosed when acid reflux occurs more than twice in a week.
Acid reflux is a condition when some of the acid content of the stomach flows up into the esophagus, through the lower oesophageal sphincter. Despite the name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. The stomach secretes hydrochloric acid, that helps to break down the food and protect against pathogens such as bacteria.
The lining of the stomach is specially adapted to protect it from the powerful acid, but the esophagus is not.. Not only acid but also pesin and bile is refluxed along with the stomach contents. These substances irritate the lower oesophagus and cause inflammation and pain.
Acid refluxes occur in almost every individual once in a while but in people with GERD, it is too frequent and chronic with oesophagitis. Acid reflux usually produces heartburns and regurgitation, whether it is due to a single episode of overeating or persistent GERD.
Other symptoms of GERD include:
- dry, persistent cough
- asthma and recurrent pneumonia
- throat problems, such as soreness, hoarseness
- difficulty or pain when swallowing
- chest or upper abdominal pain
- dental erosion
- Bad breath
GERD affects people of all ages, sometimes for unknown reasons. Often, it is due to a lifestyle factor, but it can also be due to causes that cannot always be prevented such as pregnancy and people with weak muscle and sphincter control.
Food and dietary habits that have been linked to acid reflux include:
- a high intake of salt
- a diet low in dietary fibre
- eating large meals
- lying down within 2 to 3 hours of eating a meal
- consuming chocolate, carbonated drinks, and acidic juices
Homeopathic medicine for Acid Reflux
Schwabe’s Alpha-Acid tablets provide utmost relief from acidity and heartburn, with constant eructation and regurgitation. This homeopathic medicine for Acid Reflux is also useful in gastric disturbances, burning, epigastric pain and dyspepsia.