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Naturopathic approach to heartburn or acid reflux


It’s a horrible feeling to experience an ongoing burning sensation up into your throat. At times this sensation can cause pain at your sternum (middle of chest area) region.

Maybe you are against pharmaceutical medications and you are wondering if there is something else you could try. To begin, I think you should refrain from eating dairy products and spicy foods as well as coffee. Acidic fruit may also be a culprit as well.

Finding out your blood type and following a regimen for a month to see if that would help is an idea as well. Here at the clinic I do Live Blood Analysis; it is very beneficial as several diet-related issues will be revealed by assessing the red blood cells.

Try buying some digestive enzyme tablets and take them with your meals. Fried foods are a major problem so be sure to stop these foods or take enzymes if you must.

There is a product called deglycyrrhizinated licorice, (DGL) and this can help sooth mucous membranes along the esophagus. Homeopathic medicines include Colubrina 30CH (Nux vomica) which may help as well. These are homeopathic pellets that dissolve in your mouth daily. There are teas specific for stomach problems available at health food stores.

Dr. Lisa McNiven, BSc., RN, ND is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Naturopathic Services, 277A Foord St., Stellarton

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