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Herbal treatment of acid reflux

April 16 2009 at 8:23 PM
June Lewis 
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As a sufferer from acid reflux - and a keen grower and user of herbs - I am anxious to know if fellow members have found a good remedy for the condition. Websites refer to rather expensive publications which are guaranteed to reveal cures, but I hope for a natural remedy....or at least something which helps.

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Sarah Head

Re: Herbal treatment of acid reflux

April 16 2009, 10:55 PM 

Hi June

Darcey Blue recommends a syrup made from meadowsweet and fennel. I made some last year and it tastes good. Meadowsweet tea can also be helpful. You may want to talk to someone qualified about your acid reflux if you have not done so already as it can cause lasting difficulties with the base of the oesophagus if it's serious and left untreated.

Best wishes



Do you drink coffee?

April 27 2009, 2:49 PM 

Don't know if you're a coffee drinker or not but I know from personal experience too much of the stuff can make the condition worse - I believe it relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter, so I try, (though I don't always succeed) to limit myself to one cup a day now. White wine can also have a similar effect, so if you notice the condition is worse after either of these two beverages try easing up on them to see if it improves. Good luck.


Re: Herbal treatment of acid reflux

May 16 2009, 12:13 AM 

Hi June

I have to reflect Sarah's advice to see someone qualified about your reflux, but a syrup of marshmallow root, meadowsweet and possibly chamomile would certainly soothe and calm inflammation caused by the reflux.


Re: Herbal treatment of acid reflux

June 2 2009, 6:51 PM 

I elevated the front of bed with wood blocks - that helped alot. I also used a slippery elm syrup at times, and also rubbed peppermint (a little) and lavender (more) essential oils into carrier on the top part of my stomach.



July 16 2009, 5:25 PM 

Hello June,

I have suffered from this recently and have been taking one teaspoon of slippery elm powder each day (mix it with some yoghurt or mashed bannana) and it has helped enormously! It soothes the digestive tract and acts as a barrier so calming the pain in the area.

To help balance the acid in your stomach, try taking 1-2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar (unpasturised) in some water. If you google apple cider vinegar you will find some good information on its many uses.

Hope you find relief!


Michael Vincent

Herbal Treatments for Acid Reflux

February 26 2010, 3:00 AM 

Herbal Treatments for Acid Reflux

Many people often feel herbal remedies are a safe alternative to taking prescribed or over-the-counter medication. Sometimes this may be true, but use caution when trying any new treatment. There are a few possible treatments for acid reflux below, but consider other health issues you have before taking any of these treatments.

Orange Peel Extract

1. Orange peel extract decreases the chance you will get acid reflux by helping the food you eat move more quickly to the stomach. This will shorten the time your food spends in your esophagus.


2. Chamomile soothes the irritated tissue of the throat, which helps reduce the occurrence and severity of acid reflux.

Dandelion Root

3. Dandelion root is bitter, which will help you produce saliva. Saliva neutralizes the acid, which can prevent some cases of acid reflux.

Side Effects

4. The side effects of chamomile are vomiting in high doses and some people may be allergic to it. The only side effect linked to the dandelion root is possible upset stomach.

Drug Interactions

5. If you use anticoagulants, sedative herbs (ginger, palmetto, garlic), or are pregnant do not use chamomile. Also, if you take diabetic or diuretic medication do not use dandelion root.

(Edited to remove commercial link)

This message has been edited by SarahHead from IP address on Feb 26, 2010 10:07 AM



Re: Herbal treatment of acid reflux

March 1 2010, 7:55 AM 

Just to say that the above article is a copy of one from http://www.ehow.com/facts_5035135_herbal-treatments-acid-reflux.html just so credit can go to where its due.


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