Treating Heartburn with Natural Remedies

Professionals answer reader questions about finding the best herbal remedies for gastric erosion (heartburn).

| May/June 1998

Learn how treating heartburn with natural remedies is safe and preferable to modern medicine.

Read more about combining herbs and vitamins: Safe Herb and Vitamin Combinations.

Heartburn and Medicinal Herbs

Discover how heartburn can be treated naturally.

In every issue of Herbs for Health, professionals from a variety of health-care fields answer your questions about using medicinal herbs. Medical doctor Robert Rountree and herbalist Rosemary Gladstar respond for this issue.

Treating Heartburn with Natural Remedies

Q. I have gastric erosion and inflammation due to gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). I am currently taking anti-spasmodic medication and prescription antacids, and am already experiencing side effects. I would like to request information on the following herbs that have been recommended as antispasmodics, anti-inflammatories, or digestive aids: fennel, feverfew, bog asphodel, mandrake, rosemary, and valerian.
J. G.
received via e-mail.

A. Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a condition where the lower esophageal sphincter—a ring of muscles separating the esophagus from the stomach—has become lax and no longer does its job of preventing stomach acid from refluxing, or reflowing, back up into the esophagus. When this happens it results in a sensation called heartburn. The lining of the esophagus and upper-stomach opening lacks the thick mucus coating that protects the stomach walls from acid, so it is highly susceptible to erosion and ulcers.

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