If you often experience the burning sensation in the chest that comes with heartburn, you have probably tried to find relief through various treatments. While conventional treatments involving over the counter medications can help, there are various natural treatments like ginger, may also ease your symptoms. Whether powdered, pickled or fresh, it quickly relieves the pain and discomfort due to heartburn.
Ginger is an herb and has been used in ayurvedic medicines for a very long time. Ginger contains various antioxidants and natural compounds that provides a number of health benefits. Its natural ingredients are known to provide relief from gastrointestinal irritation and gastric contractions. This simply means ginger reduces the probability of stomach acid flowing back from stomach into the esophagus (food pipe). Ginger also absorbs excess stomach acids and aids in proper digestion.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can provide relief from inflammation, if taken in small doses. But if taken in high doses, could make heartburn symptoms worse. As per a study conducted in 2011, it has been reported that participants taking ginger supplements had reduced inflammation makers within 1 month.
Ginger’s anti-inflammation properties makes it effective against heartburn, but more medical research is required to confirm if it’s suitable treatment for heartburn.
Using ginger to treat Heartburn
Ginger is available in the form of root, supplement or made into candies. Ginger root can be used to make ginger tea. Ginger tea can be simply made by using ginger root and water. Please follow below steps to make a ginger tea, which may provide relief from heartburn and acid reflux:
First peel some ginger with vegetable peeler and slice it into thin pieces. Then boil some water in a saucepan.
When the water is boiled, add some ginger root slices to it. Reduce the heat and boil it mildly for around 8 minutes. You may use colander to strain ginger from your tea.
Let the ginger tea cool for some time, until it reaches your desired temperature. You can add honey or lemon to add some extra flavor. Ginger tea can be consumed any time of the day, especially when you have heartburn.
Risks and Precautions
There are some side effects associated with the use of ginger like gas or bloating. Try taking ginger in small doses, taking more than 4 grams of ginger in a day may worsen your acid reflux symptoms.
Finally, your decision to use ginger for heartburn should be based on your body’s response to this natural treatment. It’s recommended that you may consult with your physicians first, if you want to try this home remedy. You can also consult with your doctor about adding ginger to your diet or taking ginger supplements.