Chronic heartburn is a common complaint and the pharmaceutical industry has made a fortune providing medications such as Prilosec, Nexium, Zantac and other antacids. In this article we explore whether it is possible to get effective natural relief from chronic heartburn.
Almost everyone has suffered from heartburn at some time in their lives and experienced the painful burning and nauseous sensation which is distinctly uncomfortable. So, we must sympathize with the folk who suffer from chronic heartburn, where the distress can become intolerable.
So what is heartburn?
Quite simply, heartburn, or acid reflux is caused when the stomach contents, which are highly acidic, flow back into the esophagus or food pipe. It is the acidity which causes the burning pain because, while the lining of the stomach is capable of handling the acids, the delicate esophagus lining is not.
When this occurs only sometimes there is no problem other than temporary discomfort. However, when acid reflux occurs regularly, the esophagus lining can become severely attacked and this can result in permanent damage and even esophageal cancer.
So, what can be done to remedy the problem?
Apart from prescribed medication, there are numerous natural remedies available from simple "home remedies" to basic lifestyle changes. If the problem is not too serious, these, or combinations of them can actually cure the complaint. But what can you do if the problem persists? Of course, when any medical problem persists, one should always seek medical advice.
However, there is a growing school of thought, which believes that treating heartburn with prescription drugs will only give temporary relief because it is only the symptoms of the problem that are addressed and not the root cause. Heartburn results from the combination of a number of factors and if you are to get complete relief from chronic heartburn then you need to tackle each one of these factors. In other words the entire complex "internal environment" causing the heartburn must be treated and you must approach the problem as a whole ie holistically.
Consequently, following years of research, a number of programs are now available, that have achieved great success in giving people an opportunity to get permanent natural relief from chronic heartburn and give them their lives back. Surely this must be worth consideration?