Acid Reflux - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Reflux (backward flow) is a common condition in western civilization, characterized as a gastrointestinal condition that develops when the stomach’s contents (food, digestive secretions, and gas) regurgitate back to the oesophagus causing discomfort, burning sensation in the chest region and pain...

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Reflux occurs due to weakening or damage to the muscle that connects the oesophagus to the stomach, called the oesophageal sphincter, which allows the passage of contents from the stomach to flow in an upward direction.

It is relevant to be aware, however, that it is not always an over production of acid that is the issue, symptoms of lack of gastric acid also includes bloating, belching, burning sensation and flatulence and fullness after meals, bowel irregularities, food intolerances.

There is also an association with chronic stress that places additional pressure on the nervous system to respond, resulting in rising inflammation and cortisol levels via the adrenal gland. This additional pressure can cause upset to our digestion and increase acid production in the stomach, which in turn, increase symptoms of reflux.

Acid reflux is a simple condition to heal by the use of herbs. It is best to treat acid reflux before it becomes an habitual and chronic problem as it can develop into an Hiatal Hernia condition.

In adults, acid reflux tendencies may be exacerbated by particular drinks such as coke-a-cola, coffee or apple and orange Juice in excess and by acid forming foods such as too much sugar and white flour in the diet. You should make an effort to reduce these aggravating substances permanently in your diet.

McDowells Products

Slippery Elm
Slippery Elm powder when taken daily is soothing and healing of the gastrointestinal tract. Slippery Elm can be added to mashed banana, stewed fruit or yoghurt.

Each dose is taken in small swallows and for a continuous period of 12 weeks. Slippery Elm provides a protective lining to the mucosal lining of the oesophagus and stomach, and in 12 weeks should heal any irritated areas. It may be that slippery elm would be required as an ongoing addition to your diet.

Reflux Support Mix
The herbal mix to be used in conjunction with Slippery Elm is taken three times per day as well as 3 cups of either hot or cold Chamomile tea to support the relaxation of the nervous system response involved in the reflux response.

It is often the way that people who suffer from this condition like life to be sweet and acceptable so they may use food as a reward and actually use eating as an alternative to swallowing everyday life stresses. This gradually creates spasms around the sphincter between the stomach and oesophagus.

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