Nasty heartburn, acid reflux?
Acid reflux is one of the most common medical conditions that causes heartburn, coughing, and pain in the upper part of the stomach. Natural treatment for heartburn becomes more and more popular when the truth about the PPI medicines (antacids) uncovers. Gastric Esophagus Reflux is so common medical disorder that many people believe it should be easy to diagnose and heal.
At some occasions, however, the acid reflux symptoms are not that apparent and can be easily misdiagnosed with some other medical conditions.
If left without attention, indigestion symptoms can result in Barrett’s syndrome – the most common predecessor to esophageal cancer.
Here are some symptoms—both common and unusual—that could mean you have acid reflux:
- Post-meal pain
- Sore throat
- Chest pain
- Pain worsens with rest
- Bitter taste
- Extra saliva
- Trouble swallowing
That hurtful feeling behind the ribcage is often more than a simple heartburn for patients receiving medicines from the group of Proton Pump Inhibitors. The pharmaceutical drugs from this group are well-known and available with or without prescriptions. On the top of the list of those medicines are Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid. Brand or generic, these medicines displayed on shelves of pharmacies and can be found in medicine cabinets virtually in each household.
What we know and what we need to know about omeprazole and other medicines made from this ingredient?
In 2002, the mutual earnings for all 10 pharmaceutical syndicates in the Fortune 500 reached $35.9 billion, which is more than the incomes for the rest of 490 companies of this group combined ($34.6 billion). In the year 2014, the profit of these drugs giants almost doubled.
The PPI group of drugs has been the ideal cash cow for its fabricators.
Interesting thing is that based on the pharmaceutical patent law of the USA 5 years ago this cash machine should have run dry. The official patent on Prilosec supposed to be terminated. Under standard conditions, that would have initiated the appearance of a generic form on the market. But that didn’t occur.
By filing lawsuits, the manufacturers of Prilosec have accomplished to keep the generics out unleashing while performing a half-a-billion-dollar selling bombardment to transfer people off Prilosec and onto new patent-protected, high-cost analog – Nexium aka Purple Pill.
A new clinical research by scientists at Houston Methodist and Stanford University demonstrates that the group of medicines usually prescribed to combat esophagus reflux, known as omeprazole, significantly raises the risk of heart arrest. The omeprazole group of medicines includes well-known brands – Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid.
Earlier researchers have revealed that omeprazole can harm the “Teflon-like” coating of veins and arteries, which is intended to foil a backlog. Further acknowledged side effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors comprise vitamin B12 deficiency and vulnerability to fractures of the wrist, hip, and spine.
Another newest study performed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore revealed that patients who take omeprazole are more likely to develop enduring kidney illnesses.
Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid prevent stomach coating cells from manufacturing of acid, which results in reducing of the reflux symptoms, however, the same drugs cause initiations of kidney irritation, swollenness, and tenderness known as interstitial nephritis.
And finally – dementia is the most recent concern. A new research recently published in New England Medical Journal discovered that elders, who recurrently use PPI, were 45%t more vulnerable to culminate in dementia.
And it raises the question – How to fight a heartburn?
Natural medicine may be the right answer to this question. As an alternative to using pharmaceutical omeprazole, people have an option to change their standards of living – switch to low-fat diet, decrease alcohol and coffee consumption and when it necessary seek for holistic and natural treatment approaches.
What causes Acid reflux?
Nobody knows the real causes of Acid reflux. A hiatal hernia could stimulate the development of this disorder, however, there are no straight relations between a hernia and GERD. A hiatal hernia takes place when the superior segment of the gastric is above the diaphragm, the internal muscle partition that splits the abdomen from the thoracic cage. The diaphragm prevents the acid from flowing up into the gullet. If a patient suffers from a hiatal hernia the acid can easily come up causing reflux and as a result – heartburn.
Other things that may cause Acid reflux are:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Obesity and overweight
Besides, some food products may cause Acid reflux episodes:
- oranges, mandarins, clementine;
- Coffee and chocolate;
- drinks with caffeine;
- fast food (deep fried meat, chicken, and fries);
- garlic and onions;
- basil and mint;
- piquant, peppery foods;
- tomato products (sauces, ketchup, etc.).
Acupuncture for Acid reflux
Acupuncture for acid reflux is one of the major healing techniques engaged in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Best on the report from National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, acupuncture has been progressively achieving recognition as an unconventional form of treatment since the beginning of the 1970s, when it initially moved to the U.S. as a medical approach for different sorts of pain syndromes. By needling particular biologically active skin points on the head, torso, and extremities, acupuncturists challenge to reestablish the stability of internal energy (Qi).
Acupuncture for acid reflux treatment must be delivered by a well-trained, licensed specialist.
Acupuncture for acid reflux is recognized commonly harmless, even though insignificant bruising can sporadically happen. Those bruises usually disappear within7 to 15 days.
Study’s findings of acupuncture for acid reflux.
A 2006 publication in the “Journal of Gastroenterology” stated that Acupuncture for acid reflux is in effect in the Gastroenterological clinics because it fuels gastrointestinal peristaltic and constraints gastric acid production.
Another study on 300 patients, distributed in the 2008 issue of Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, conveyed that combination of Acupuncture for acid reflux and PPI drugs (the orthodox approach) appeared to be more appropriate in the treatment of GERD symptoms than increasing the prescribed amount of Nexium.
Homeopathic treatment for acid reflux
Homeopathy is one of the most common holistic methods in medicine. The choice of homeopathic medicine is grounded on the conception of personalization and symptoms match as required by the principals of the holistic philosophy.
The purpose of homeopathy is not only to manage the acid reflux symptoms but first of all to address its initial source and foundation as well as the specific predisposition of the particular patient.
Homoeopathy is very effective in healing all symptoms of GERD and moreover is vital in stopping the deterioration of the illness. Homeopathic remedies are recommended based on corporal, psychological, and hereditary specifics that make each patient individual. This general methodology is enclosing emotional and physical components at the ground-level.
Using this approach homeopathic remedies help reduce sour build-up, reinstate normal pH level by cleaning and repairing the gastrointestinal system, and reinforce the lower round muscle also known as esophageal sphincter Homeopathic medicines are natural, harmless, gentle and they cause no side-effects. Also, people who are taking numerous western pharmaceutical drugs can without harm take Homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic pills do not cause any dependencies or addictions. They have an extraordinary confirmed safety record and approved by FDA in the US and all over the world.
Since homeopathic medicine uses a holistic approach, it leads to a stable, permanent cure, instead of short-term suppression of symptoms.
Conclusion regarding treatment of acid reflux.
The conventional western approach to managing of heartburn and other acid reflux symptoms implicates the use of Proton Pump Inhibitors for as long as symptoms take place. Regrettably, because these pharmaceutical medicines don’t cure the principal cause of acid reflux, and rather make them poorer, patients who get prescription of PPI end up dependent on them for the rest of their lives.
This is a severe issue, because Nexium, Prilosec, and other drugs from this group support microbial overgrowth, declining individual’s immune system, diminishes immersion of vital nutrients, and upsurges the probability of rising symptoms of IBS, further peptic conditions, and cancer. The producers of these medicines have always been attentive to it. FDA does not recommend to use PPI drugs for longer than two weeks. Obviously, this practical instruction has been cast-off and people take these medications on a regular basis all lifelong.
What is mainly upsetting about it is that acid reflux can be easily healed and cured with simple nutritional and standard of living modifications.
Regrettably, the dishonesty and exploitation of our pharmaceutical industry practically assure that these important facts will continue to be incomprehensible. Pharmaceutical companies make a profit of more than $7.2 billion a year vending Proton Pump Inhibitors. The last thing they agree is for physicians and population to study holistic treatment techniques for acid reflux. And since 2/3 of all medical research is sponsored by drug companies, it’s up to patients to determine the truth about effective treatments for acid reflux.
Philadelphia Acupuncture Clinic led by medical doctor Victor Tsan has strong academical and clinical experience in the treatment of acid reflux. Dr. Tsan learned classical acupuncture in China and is recognized by Chinese Academy of Chinese Traditional Medicine. He also graduated an International Academy of classical homeopathy and was personally trained by Professor George Vithoulcas.
Most of the patients in Philadelphia Acupuncture Clinic are happy with the results of treatment and in the majority of cases get cured.