Gastroesophageal reflux disease, known in short as GERD, is a common digestive disorder affecting the lower esophageal sphincter. This happens when the stomach acid flows back into the esophagus – the tube that connects your mouth and the stomach. This kind of acid reflux or backwash can irritate the lining of your esophagus creating discomfort and the condition is a chronic one creating the need for proper medical intervention. You can opt for Homeo remedies for the best treatment for GERD.
What is GERD?
Many people suffer from GERD occasionally but for some people, it becomes a regular nuisance for a long-term duration. Esophagus or the food pipe is the tube which moves food from the mouth to the stomach. When your stomach acid comes back to the esophagus, persistently for more than two times a week, it could be due to GERD. Stomach acid that goes back into the esophagus may cause tissue damage that is very severe and can lead to severe complications too.
Symptoms of GERD:
Although heartburn is the main symptom of GERD, it can have other symptoms as well.
- nausea and vomiting
- bad breath
- difficulty in swallowing
- respiratory problems
- chest pain
- regurgitation of sour liquid or food
With an increase in severity or when you experience GERD in the night, you may see symptoms of chronic cough, development or worsening of asthma and disturbed sleep.
Causes of GERD:
GERD occurs when lower esophageal sphincter, the circular muscle between the esophagus and stomach, becomes weak or functions inappropriately. Some risk factors that make you more prone to GERD include –
- being overweight/obese putting more pressure on the abdomen
- being pregnant
- taking certain medicines
- smoking and passive-smoking
- health conditions like hiatal hernia
If left untreated, GERD can result in serious health complications which include –
- Inflammation of the esophagus, called Esophagatis.
- Narrowing of the esophagus, called Esophageal Stricture.
- Other esophagus conditions that can lead to cancer.
- Respiratory problems like chest congestion, asthma, and pneumonia.
GERD and Homeopathy:
Homeopathy clinics have proficient remedies for GERD to treat the root cause of the condition by decreasing the build-up of excessive stomach acid and strengthening the lower esophageal sphincter. Treatments at Homeo clinics focus on strengthening the body from within rather than just working on the external symptoms so as to eliminate the problems from the root and avoid recurrence. Talk to your homeopath immediately upon noticing any of the GERD symptoms so as heal naturally with zero side-effects medicines.