Heartburn is more than just a painful burning sensation. It can be a sign that your digestive system needs a tune up or an overall. If you experience heartburn more than a couple times a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a more chronic and severe form of heartburn. It’s a very common condition that affects one-in-four Americans and it’s one of the reasons people see a naturopathic doctor. And while you may be inclined to reach for an over-the-counter medication to resolve the discomfort, the best ways to naturally reduce GERD start by seeing a naturopathic doctor.
Complaints from GERD include: burning pain in the throat or chest, difficulty swallowing, belching, sour or bad taste in the mouth, bloating, nausea, dental erosion, chronic coughing or wheezing.
When you opt for a natural approach from a naturopathic doctor (ND), they will not only help reduce symptoms, but also help you find ways to strengthen your lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which when loose allows for acid to flow backwards from the stomach and cause pain.
Naturopathic medicine can correct acid imbalance, as well as heal and rebuild irritated mucosal membrane tissue. In time, as symptoms improve with the assistance of lifestyle changes and use of natural medicines, many are able to reduce or discontinue use of self-prescribed or physician prescribed medications because the cause is taken care of.
If you are suffering from GERD, we recommend that you contact a naturopathic doctor and take these steps to reduce the discomfort.
Best Ways to Naturally Reduce GERD
This article is provided by the Institute for Natural Medicine, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, partnered with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. INM’s mission is to transform healthcare in America by increasing both public awareness of naturopathic medicine and access to naturopathic doctors for patients. INM believes that naturopathic medicine, with its unique principles and practices, has the potential to reverse the tide of chronic illness that overwhelms existing health care systems and to empower people to achieve and maintain their optimal lifelong health. INM strives to achieve this mission through the following initiatives:
- Education – Reveal the unique benefits and outcomes of naturopathic medicine
- Access – Connect patients to licensed naturopathic doctors
- Research – Expand quality research of this complex and comprehensive system of medicine