Man suffering from acid reflux

Alternative Treatment and Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

One of the most common gastro intestinal disorders is acid reflux. Acid is necessary in aiding digestion, however, it can enter the esophagus and produce a piercing sensation which is called a heartburn. The burning pain is usually felt behind the breastbone and into the chest area. Thankfully, there are home remedies for acid reflux that can eliminate or reduce the symptoms.

Many people who suffer from acid reflux should see a doctor, as the typical sensations associated with it may also mimic that of a serious heart condition. Usually, the pain is relieved by over the counter acid neutralizers, but in more severe cases, stronger medications or even surgery maybe prescribed by doctors.

If you feel a sensation like the below picture inside your throat/chest region, you may have acid reflux.

burning sensation like fire

There is, however, a simpler way of dealing with acid reflux that does not necessitate taking regular medications, more so surgery. This involves some lifestyle changes that may not only help you deal with acid reflux, but may also create a healthier you.

The best treatments and home remedies for acid reflux are simply changing your diet and eliminating stress in your life. The first step in changing your diet is knowing which foods can give heartburn. For instance, you can avoid or completely eliminate fatty foods from your diet, as well as other contaminants such as caffeine or alcoholic drinks. Even acidic fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, oranges and pineapples can cause heartburn and should also be taken in moderation.

To help you identify which foods give you acid reflux, jot down the foods that you had been eating and the amount of serving you usually take. Take note of the foods that give you heartburn and try to reduce or eliminate these foods from your diet.

Another home remedy for acid reflux is changing how you handle daily stress in your life. It is common knowledge that the stomach becomes more acidic during stressful situations. You can easily overcome stress by keeping yourself relaxed, and by breathing deeply. You can try relaxing each muscle group at a time, starting from your head to your toe. Once you have calmed down, you can deal with a stressful situation better and you will notice relief of your acid reflux as well.

It is also important to remember that going to bed right after a meal can cause acid to go up the esophagus. You should then allot about 3 hours after meal before going to bed. This is the estimated amount of time to complete the digestion process. If you experience acid reflux after you had gone to bed, try lying on your left side which may help stop the acid from going into the esophagus.

By following the above changes in lifestyle, these treatments and home remedies for acid reflux can eliminate or lessen your experience of heartburns, without necessarily going through surgery. These lifestyle changes will not only help you avoid acid reflux, but may also provide your more health benefits and improve your life.

Types of Alternative Medicine

The cost of traditional medicine nowadays has prompted people to look for alternative ways to cope with their condition. Alternative medicine has the answer for all the people looking for more natural ways to better their health.

There are several advantages when you talk about alternative cures. Basically, alternative medicine deals with the fact that a person’s health relies on various components to make it work. This is why it encourages people to explore several options in order to fully optimize their health.

There are a lot of disciplines in alternative medicine. The most popular of which includes acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal medicine, and massages. Looking closely at the disciplines of alternative medicines today, you can conclude that most of these originated from the East and Europe. A lot of the concepts that people are familiar with regarding alternative medicine are due to the fact that the science has developed over time. Studies have been done in the past regarding their effectiveness and what we have today is the result of these studies. Some of the accepted disciplines of alternative medicines are stated below with a brief description of each one.

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques such as meditation is useful for individuals to have a total control over their breathing. The intake of air is a process we all take for granted, but properly pacing such will enable us to relax both our minds and bodies which is will make us healthier in the process.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is a field in alternative medicine which takes advantage of the healing properties of plants found in nature. The plants will then have to undergo a certain process so that it can be readily consumed by people to better their health.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy employs the various elements of a massage on certain parts of the body to improve blood circulation, which enhances health.

Chinese Medicine

This particular discipline focuses on distributing the body’s energy in an equal manner. The Chinese believed that diseases are caused by a negative flow of energy in the body. Popular Chinese techniques include acupuncture, herbalism, and massage therapy. Acupuncture is carried out by inserting tiny needles in specific points of the body to activate it in order for it to function property.

Naturopathy

Naturopathy focuses on the fact that different things should converge for optimal health. Eating a proper diet, indulging in stress management, intake of herbal medicine, and exercise are all important parts of naturopathy.

Homeopathy

This type of alternative medicine believes that introducing the body to various types of natural medicine will encourage it to heal on its own.

These are just some of the disciplines of alternative medicine which people are ranting about. There are so much more specialized disciplines that are targeted for specific conditions and alternative medicine can be a good route to take as a complement to traditional medicine.

Why Don’t Doctors Prescribe Exercise and Healthy Eating?

The following is an opinion piece submitted by Kathy Walters. Her work has appeared in several other publications.

I have been diagnosed with panic disorer, anxiety disorder, post traumatic-stress disorder, personality defective disorder. There is essentially a categorized disorder for every ailment we experience in the U.S. There is a disorder for everything. We even have to call being fat, obesity as if not to place the blame on anyone. Not any one person is to blame and so it feels impossible to lay the blame on anyone, but there are industries, and large vile coorperations to blame. McDonald’s, Burger King, Wal-Mart are just a few to name. The stuggle with poverty and obesity is astounding and that’s another story, but unhealthy, saturated food is cheap, and fast. Healthy organic, wholesome food is overpriced. That is why we are obese, America! Wake-up and smell the Sausage Egg McMuffin with Cheese!

Practitioners have created a disorder for everything that ails Americans, and there are more disorders “discovered” and added to the long list every day. Every minute, a person in America is put on a new medication. Every day a new drug is being created and introduced to the drug market. How sick is this country? So sick that we need all of these new medications? How many more medications are going to be approved by the FDA today? How many more people are going to die in the US due to medication related side-effects? How many more ER visits will be calculated this year from medication related allergic reactions, side-effects, and death? How many drugs will stay on the market despite fatalities, and despite reports of horrid side-effects?

I have been in the ER several times for panic attacks this year alone due to side-effects from the medications I’ve been prescribed to HELP ME with panic. I am prescribed new medication all the time, as my panic appears to be worsening. Every drug I take results in more panic as I experience a variety of frightening side-effects associated with each drug. For instance, I’m prescribed Toprol XL for heart palpitations due to anxiety. The Toprol XL results in a feeling of chest tightness, shortness of breath, tingling in my chest and insomnia, which results in more panic. I’m prescribed Xanax to take for my panic from the Toprol XL which results in more panic as the Xanax makes me feel woozy, dizzy, out-of-control, groggy, the feeling like I’m sinking on top of taking Toprol which slows my heart rate. Then, I’m prescribed Ambien, a sleep-aid which will help me sleep on top of all of these side-effects and the Ambien makes me go into panic as it raises my sleep threashold while my body is suffering from panic, dizziness, shortness of breath, headache from heavy breathing, and tremors. How should I live? I’m told I have to be medicated because I have panic disorder. What is panic disorder? Did anybody bother to explain to me why I might be experiencing this so-called “disorder” that must be urgently medicated?

Did anybody bother to ask me what I thought? No, I think not. When I visit the doctor, he sees me for 15 minutes. During that time, his only questions to me revolve around, what medications I think I should be on? “Do you want to be on something daily for your anxiety? Lexapro, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Prozac?…Do you want to take something when you feel the anxiety? Xanax, Ativan…” and my answer that I can’t quite make out to the doctor, is, “No, sir…I don’t want to be medicated, I want to learn how to resolve the roots of my anxiety.” At no moment during the sessions with my family physician does he ask me what I feel might be causing my anxiety. At no point does he suggest to me that I should try to get more excercise or to eat healthier foods or try to go to bed earlier and get more rest.

So, after being on all of these medications, I had to be intelligent enough to realize that none of those were going to resolve my anxiety issues. I decided that I needed to become my own health-care provider and provide myself with the care and nutrition and wellness that I deserve. My anxiety began when I wasn’t getting enough sleep as I was going to bed after 1 a.m. every night, and I was eating poorly because I felt like I couldn’t afford healthier foods. I was shopping at Save-A-Lot and eating a lot of frozen pizzas, and cheap microwave dinners saturated with sodium and fat. I was also not getting enough excercise as I work an office job and I come home and go on the internet or watch the t.v.

Then I realized that my unhealthy living pattern is the pattern of so many many Americans, the ones who are on all of these medications to combat obesity, heart problems, anxiety, depression, etc. etc. Where are the doctors who are prescribing the self-cure of eating right, getting enough sleep, getting enough excercise, taking time out of each day to relax, drinking enough water. We’re human beings. Nothing is wrong with us. We’re constantly being told that we have “symptoms” of disease. We are mindwashed into believing that we are ill and that we must take medications to make us better and that if we don’t take them we will become worse in our condition. These are lies that we must obligate ourselves to deny.

I’ve taken myself off all the medications. I’ve embared on a lifestyle change. I eat healthy. I keep my apartment clean and clutter-free to keep my mind clean and clutter-free too. I go for a walk around my neighborhood everyday. I relax and read for at least 30 minutes each day. I go to bed on time. I practice yoga in my spare time for at least 1 hr a week to assist in my relaxation. I drink as much water as I can during the day every day and I avoid caffeine…

My debilitating anxiety is vanishing. I feel better. I look better. I am better and it wasn’t what the doctor prescribed.