Heartburn is a form of indigestion that causes burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen. It is also related to acid reflux which is also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). These digestive issues are also referred to simply as “indigestion”. Heartburn normally occurs at night after eating a large meal or when laying down flat on your back.
There are some medications which can help ease the burning sensation, but natural heartburn remedies and lifestyle changes may be another way to get relief. There are few herbs which can help get relief, they can help soothe the burning of acid reflux. Some herbs can actually help heal the damage done to the digestive system by excessive acid production.
Here are 6 most effective herbs for heartburn:
1. Ginger Root
Ginger root is been in use for a very long time for the treatment of various gastric problems. It has lots of beneficial gastro protective properties due to its ability to suppress helicobacter pylori and block stomach acid.
Ginger root can provide relief from various stomach woes like acid reflux, ulcers, nausea etc. Having a cup of ginger tea 20 minutes before meal can help calm down stomach significantly and will also act as an acid buffer.
Turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce the inflammation caused by heartburn. It’s a digestive bitter with very good pain relieving qualities for alleviating heartburn. Turmeric heals the tissue damaged by acid reflux. It’s important to note that, turmeric should be consumed in small doses.
Pregnant women and those who are trying to become pregnant should avoid this herbal remedy. Also people with congestive heart failure condition should not use turmeric for the treatment of heartburn.
Marshmallow root contains mucilage which a sticky mucous like substance. Mucilage helps coating both the stomach and esophagus lining, creating a barrier which stop flow of stomach acid to esophagus lining. Which ultimately helps healing heartburn and acid reflux.
Marshmallow root also heals the damage made by excess stomach acid in esophagus lining. It can be consumed in capsule form. Consider consulting with your doctor for recommended dosages.
Fennel is one best herb for the treatment of heartburn or acid reflux. It is generally consumed in the form of tea. Fennel improves digestive process and works at preventing acid reflux before it begins. Fennel contains anethole, which calms and soothes digestive tract, preventing spasms in the intestines. Fennel tea can be taken before or after having a meal or you can simply chew if fresh after meals.
It has been shown in studies that chamomile reduces acid reflux, nausea, cramps and stomach pain. It is also known as relaxing herb and German chamomile is best for the acid reflux that comes from stress. Good news is that there are no side effects reported against chamomile usage.
A form of licorice called DGL provides relief from the burning sensation due to heartburn. It promotes mucus release in the stomach to provide protection from stomach acids. Licorice is available in the form of DGL tablets, you can place in your mouth and allow it to melt. Don’t swallow it directly as it is your saliva that helps activate the DGL.