Herbs and Heartburn
For sale in 120ml, 300ml and 555ml sizes.
Problems of Acidity and Heart Burn
Indigestion and heartburn are common complaints. Indigestion is usually characterised by pain or discomfort in your chest or stomach which comes on soon after eating. Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest, behind the breastbone, caused by the incomplete colosure of the door (oesophago-gastric sphincter) between the oesophagus and the stomach. This allows stomach acid to enter the oesophagus. It can come on from bending over, tight clothing, hiatus hernia, acid dyspepsia or gastritis. It can cause a bitter taste in the mouth, this is reflux. HeartBurn Herbal Tonic is an antacid to relieve heartburn and gastric reflux. It can relieve conditions such as acid dyspepsia, gastritis and hiatus hernia.
Avoid fatty foods, alcohol, coffee, chocolate and smoking.
Avoid medications like nitrates, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as iuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac which can cause the symptoms of heartburn.
Eat the right foods, take regular exercise and manage your stress levels (relaxation exercises) will improve the health of your digestive system.
I read somewhere on your website that you like to hear how people are getting on when they reorder the stuff that you have advised them to take. Well, I am feeling loads better thank you. I had a very painful stomach and lots of rumbling. I stopped taking the omeprazole as it was making me feel awful. I have been taking the Heartburn tonic and slippery elm and marshmallow powder and ABC powder. I’m very grateful to you for your advice and herbs and I expect I should continue taking the same stuff for a while yet. I am not getting pain any more.
Very many thanks. LM
Heartburn – what’s happening?
Take a bite of warm, gooey pepperoni pizza, and your digestive system kicks into action. Acids tumble into the stomach, ready to break down your meal. In many people, a faulty valve-like structure lets these acids run amok, triggering a burning sensation in the chest. Heartburn is an extremely common symptom. More than 60 million Americans have heartburn at least once a month.
To understand what causes heartburn, let’s trace the path of that pepperoni pizza. Once you swallow a bite, it travels through the esophagus to the stomach. A valve-like ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter opens to let the food in. Then it’s supposed to close again to prevent stomach acids from sliding up into the esophagus.
In some people, the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus doesn’t work as well as it should. It doesn’t shut properly. This allows acid to seep into the esophagus (called acid reflux). It is this hydrochloric stomach acid that causes pain and irritation. This is called Heartburn.
Not everyone with acid reflux suffers from heartburn, and some people with “heartburn” symptoms don’t actually have acid reflux but may have some other condition causing this pain.
GERD (Acid Reflux) Symptoms (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)
1. The hallmark of acid reflux is heartburn — a painful burning sensation in the middle of the chest. It feels like your heart is on fire. Heartburn typically strikes after meals and can last several hours. The discomfort may be worse after bending over or lying down.
2. Other symptoms of severe acid reflux include a sour-tasting fluid in the back of the throat.
3. Difficulty swallowing, or feeling that food is stuck in the chest or throat.
4. A chronic cough or asthma attacks can also be caused by acid reflux.
A description of heartburn symptoms is usually all that’s needed to diagnose acid reflux.
Anyone can develop heartburn, but certain lifestyle factors affect how well the sphincter works, as well as the amount of acid produced by the stomach. People who are overweight, eat large meals, wear tight-fitting clothes, or smoke tend to be more vulnerable.
Is it GERD?
Heartburn usually doesn’t pose a serious threat to your health. However, complications can occur with severe, frequent, and persistent acid reflux. If you have severe heartburn or heartburn two or more times a week, you may have a condition called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and you should see your doctor. Without treatment, chronic GERD can cause inflammation, ulcers, and scarring. GERD can also lead to changes in the cells lining the esophagus, called Barrett’s esophagus. These changes raise the risk of esophageal rogue cells developing.
A bitter taste in your mouth
Waking with a sore throat, cough, or a bitter taste in your mouth? It could be nighttime acid reflux. It is a warning light. In addition to disturbing sleep, nighttime reflux increases the risk of esophageal damage. That’s because lying down leaves stomach acid in the esophagus longer. And as we sleep we swallow less acid-neutralizing saliva than when awake.
If you experience nighttime heartburn, try placing blocks under the legs of your bed to raise the head about 6 inches, or sleep with your upper body on a wedge pillow. This strategy uses gravity to keep stomach acids where they belong. (Avoid raising your head with piles of pillows. This bends your body in a way that can aggravate heartburn.) Reflux also occurs less frequently when lying on your left side rather than your right. I recommend that our HeartBurnLess Tonic is combined with our Slippery Elm and Marshmallow powder and taken at night to reduce acid reflux, and help heal the sphincter that is not closing properly.
You may be able to manage mild heartburn with a few changes to your daily routine. Start by eating smaller meals. Finish dinner at least three to four hours before bedtime and avoid late-night snacks. (Having food in your stomach when you lie down can trigger acid reflux symptoms such as heartburn.)
Foods to avoid
Some foods are known to contribute to heartburn by bringing additional acid into the stomach or by relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter. Stay away from food that may give you problems. Your symptoms may improve if you avoid tomatoes, onions, garlic, chocolate, peppermint, fatty foods, and citrus fruits, including oranges and grapefruit. If you find spicy foods are a trigger, try milder versions rather than giving up your favorite foods altogether.
Drinks to avoid
Certain beverages can also bring on heartburn. These include coffee, tea, sodas, alcohol, tomato juice, and orange juice. However, unless these are causing you acid reflux symptoms, you don’t have to avoid them.
Exercise and yoga
Exercise can increase abdominal pressure, increasing the risk of acid reflux. Some types of exercise increase the risk more than others by reversing the natural flow of digestion. Headstands and inverted yoga poses, such as downward dog, are good examples. Abdominal crunches can be a problem, because the motion may thrust stomach acids into the esophagus.
Another way to ease heartburn is to take pressure off the abdomen. Lose excess weight and wear loose-fitting clothes and belts.
More than half of all pregnant women report symptoms of severe heartburn, especially during their second and third trimesters. Changing hormone levels and increased abdominal pressures during pregnancy increase the risk of acid reflux and heartburn. Mild symptoms should be treated with lifestyle changes, including eating several small meals a day instead of three large ones, avoiding fried and spicy foods, and not lying down after eating. However, if diet and lifestyle don’t alleviate symptoms, pregnant women should consult their doctor before taking any medications.
For occasional heartburn, take something that works immediately, like a our herbal antacid HeartBurnLess Tonic. Just like the name suggests, an antacid neutralizes stomach acid. This provides temporary relief from heartburn, and is emptied from the stomach quickly. With more prolonged heartburn symptom, antacids may not help. I recommend that this tonic is combined with our Slippery Elm and Marshmallow powder.
Also available over-the-counter, H2 blockers work differently than antacids. Rather than zapping acids after they appear, these medications lower the production of stomach acid. This can help prevent heartburn from acid reflux if taken about 30 minutes before meals. More powerful doses are available in prescription form.
Proton pump inhibitors, available over-the-counter and by prescription, are a class of drugs that block the production of stomach acid. They are more effective at decreasing acid production than H2 blockers.
The heartburn treatment that’s best for you depends on many things. How often does heartburn happen? How bad is it? Do you want fast relief or prevention? Antacids offer fast relief for mild heartburn. H2 blockers can stop the burn before it starts, but only if you know when to take them. Proton pump inhibitors can tackle really stubborn heartburn. Your doctor can help you pick the treatment that’s right for you.
The herbs used in this unique tonic are called Herbal Antacids. These herbs can reduce hyperacidity and relieve the associated burning sensation and pain, are relaxants, anti-inflammatories and immunostimulants.
This herbal tonic can
help control stomach acidity
help reduce the pain and discomfort of heart burn
help after-meal discomfort
help you relax
improve your healing
Herbs like Meadowsweet flowering tops, Marsdenia, Irish Moss.
I recommend that this tonic is combined with our Slippery Elm and Marshmallow powder and ABC Daily Herbal Nutripowder Plus.
“My daughter who’s 14 often gets heartburn, it affects her studying and school activities. I bought a small bottle of your heart burn tonic for her to try. She asked me to get another bottle when I came past your shop. That says it all! Thanks Alan it’s changed her life.” David Williams