Reflux - McDowell's Herbal Treatments


Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus.


  1. Drinking more water and herbal teas-liquorice and chamomile would both be excellent. At least 4 glasses of water and two cups of liquorice tea each day.
  2. Very Important. Start taking 1 flat teaspoon of slippery elm powder before meals and again before bed. Mix with small amount of yoghurt or mashed stewed fruit or banana. Slippery elm assists to heal the lining of the gastrointestinal tract if taken regularly for 3 months and make digestion comfortable, reducing bloating and burping .
  3. To assist with your work related stress, some form of yoga or meditation or diaphragmatic breathing (5 minutes twice daily) will help
  4. Exercise at least 4 times a week for 30 minutes. Even walking and enjoying nature can be very uplifting and help put life in perspective.
  5. Lifting the head of the bed with something the size of a brick (10cm) will assist with any acid reflux at night
  6. No over eating or eating late at night or eating when stressed.
  7. Chocolate, tomato, onions, spicy foods and fatty foods can lower the tone of the lower oesophageal sphincter, so avoid these for now.
  8. White flour and refined sugar can also be detrimental to healing.
  9. Emotional issues are often at the base of digestive issues so I urge you to take up at least some of my suggestions to address this.

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