Natural Herbs for Acid Reflux
Given its close association with the stomach, Ayurveda relates the problem of acid reflux to an excessive build-up of the fire element. This element sits in the stomach and is responsible for fueling the digestive fire that metabolizes energy, and when food has passed from stomach to the small intestines, the fire and heat level of the body rise. When we consume substances like spicy foods, heavy meats, and sour foods like yogurt and pickles, however, the level of heat in the body rises to excessive levels and symptoms occur. Symptoms typically appear a few hours after eating these fiery foods.
Some people have found herbs and other natural remedies to be helpful in the treatment of heartburn symptoms. Here are a few natural herbs for acid reflux which you might find useful.
- Chamomile – The versatile herb receives anxiety and insomnia, preventing some stress related stomach conditions. Its effects are antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, tonic and antiseptic. You can drink chamomile tea whether your problems are caused by stress, indigestion or a tummy bug. Buy the tea from a store or make your own using 20g of chamomile flowers in a litre of water.
- Peppermint – Peppermint’s anti inflammatory, sedative and cooling properties make it ideal for stomach upsets. It releases flatulence, eases indigestion and helps soothe away tummy bugs and colic. If you feel nauseous, drink peppermint from your chemist. Using the fresh leaves in your cooking, on potatoes or in yogurt, helps to balance your digestive system. Peppermint is a soothing herb that will help to settle your stomach and ease pain.
- Lettuce – Ensure you wash lettuce well to get rid of chemicals that it may have come in contact with. Lettuce is useful for coughs, digestive problems, the kidneys and liver, and for asthma. Eat plenty of salad and, if you wish to use it as a tea, dry the leaves then boil 2 tsp in a cup of hot water.
Hope this helps.
Reference : https://homeayurvedic.com/category/herbs-a-to-z/