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Homeopathy and the Treatment of Heartburn

Homeopathy and the Treatment of Heartburn

November 27, 2015

Homeopathy offers a selection of remedies for the treatment of heartburn and painful acid reflux symptoms. Homeopathy works by giving a tiny dose of a remedy whose characteristics are similar to those of the person who needs that remedy. The remedy stimulates the individual’s own vital force, or immune system, encouraging the body to heal itself.

Homeopathic medicine relies not only on identifying the symptoms of the disease, but on a variety of personality traits, the person’s mental state and other characteristic symptoms a patient exhibits which correlate to any particular remedy. When choosing a correct remedy for the treatment of heartburn, all aspects of the patient must be taken into account.  It is important to seek the advice of a trained Registered Homeopath to receive the most fitting prescription.  
 

Colubrina

One of the main remedies for most digestive complaints. The individual may complain of stomach pains of all types including burning, bloating, aching, constipation, nausea, belching and the feeling of stomach digest and acid backing up into the throat. His personality characteristics, which help determine this remedy, are a brusque temperament — similar to the overworked, high powered business man who is very intense. He or she may be bossy and easy to anger. This individual often eats and drinks alcohol in excess. He desires coffee, spicy food, fatty foods and other stimulants.

 

Arsenicum album

The person needing Arsenicum album for acid reflux disease may complain of burning pains felt in the stomach with food backing up into the esophagus. This is accompanied by burning pains all the way up to the throat. There may be severe, watery, burning, yellow diarrhea. Many of the symptoms will feel better while drinking hot drinks like tea, or by applying hot applications, like a heating pad. They may be thirsty for small, frequent sips of cold water, their mental state may be anxious, restless and fearful of being left alone.

 

Phosphorus

The patient needing homeopathic phosphorus for heartburn will complain about burning pains felt in the abdomen, bloating and a feeling of fullness accompanied by great thirst for icy cold drinks, which are vomited back up shortly after becoming warm in the stomach. Belching and vomiting of undigested food are characteristic of the person needing phosphorus. The person is mild-mannered, and seeks company and affection.

Pulsatilla

The person needing pulsatilla complains of feeling the sensation of a hole being burned in their stomach accompanied by flatulence. They may feel over-stuffed after eating and want to loosen their clothing for relief. Their personality is sweet, gentle, whiny and tearful. Others may feel very protective and sympathetic toward them. They are afraid of being alone and desires lots of sympathy. They may have cravings for ice cream, fatty foods, and pastries, which make them feel worse, and aggravate the reflux.

 

Precautions

Other diseases may look like acid reflux. If symptoms persist, seek medical advice. Heartburn can also be an indication of low stomach acid so supplementing with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in water may provide relief.  Consult with your Homeopathic practitioner to book a consultation and receive a customized treatment plan incorporating homeopathy, nutritional and lifestyle modifications.  

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