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Treating Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD with Aloe VeraDescription: Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone. The pain is often worse after eating, in the evening, or when lying down or bending over, when a bitter or acidic taste can reach the throat. Occasional heartburn is common and no cause for alarm, but prolonged symptoms can cause detrimental changes to the oesophageal wall. Most people can manage the discomfort of heartburn on their own with lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medications, or eventually a prescription for omeprazole.
Note: Seek immediate help if you experience severe chest pain or pressure, especially when combined with other signs and symptoms such as pain in the arm or jaw or difficulty breathing. Chest pain may be a symptom of a heart attack and you need help quickly. You might only have one or two heart attacks over a lifetime, but if you get regular heartburn you will soon be able to tell the difference.
Other symptoms of heartburn include, difficulty swallowing, persistent nausea or vomiting, burning pain in the chest, pain that worsens when lying down or bending over, bitter or acidic taste in the mouth, weight loss because of poor appetite or difficulty eating.
Causes: Normally when you swallow, a band of muscle around the bottom of your oesophagus (lower oesophageal sphincter) relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach. Then the muscle tightens again. If the lower oesophageal sphincter relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can flow back up into your oesophagus (acid reflux) and cause heartburn. The acid backup may be worse when you're bent over or lying down.
Risk factors: Certain foods and drinks can trigger heartburn in some people, including: spicy foods, onions, citrus products, tomato products, such as ketchup, fatty or fried foods, peppermint, chocolate, alcohol, carbonated beverages, coffee or other caffeinated beverages, large or fatty meals, being overweight or pregnant, or a smoker can also increase your risk of experiencing heartburn.
Complications: Heartburn that occurs frequently and interferes with your routine is considered gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD treatment may require prescription medications and, occasionally, surgery or other procedures. GERD can seriously damage your oesophagus or lead to precancerous changes in the oesophagus called Barrett's oesophagus.
What can I do about heartburn, acid reflux or GERD?
If you want to treat your condition naturally, or in conjunction with a conventional treatment, you might like to try using our Aloe Vera gel. The gel contains dozens of different nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols and salicylic acid. Often these are the very constituents found in your medication.
How do I use my gel when it arrives?
Take a frozen cube of your gel and allow it to dissolve in a little warm water. We usually dissolve ours in about 150ml of water, but more or less is ok. Take a few sips at a time while you enjoy a healthy meal, or drink at the end of your meal. As most of us seem to have our main meal of the day in the early evening because of work committments, then this is also the best time to take your aloe gel drink because this is when you will produce the most acid, the most stomach mucus and you will need the most protection.
With heartburn our aim should be: To come off omeprazole tablets altogether and not have an acid response.
Sometimes that will involve taking note of what triggers our heartburn most and perhaps finding a tasty alternative that doesn't give us acid reflux. Unfortunately, diet has a great deal to do with the prevelance of heartburn, but it can be other things, like medication, stress, anxiety, lifestyle or genetics.
Very important! It is likely you will be on omeprazole or other ant-acid. It is important not to stop these suddenly, otherwise you may have what's called the 'rebound effect', and suffer even more. What's important is to switch slowly to avoid this. So to start, I would do both. Take your omeprazole and aloe gel together, though not necessarily at the same time.
If you have the blessing of your doctor, see if you can reduce the mg dose. Ie, if you are on 20mg, see if you can try 15mg. If you are on 40mg, try to go to 35 or 30mg. Try this for 1 or 2 months. If all ok, ask to go down another 5mg and another, and taper off over time. Keep your aloe gel the same throughout. You will soon know if this is going to work for you, and you may find a lower dose with your aloe gel works best for you.
What you are waiting for is for the stomach to regulate and reset your acid production. See, you need the acid to break down food, fats, and kill bacteria in the stomach. You've been producing too much and so the omeprazole interferes with the acid production. You still need enough to create safe digestion, but not enough to eat your stomach or oesophagus away. So the stomach is now in competition with the medication. When you come off the meds its like opening the floodgates, hence the rebound effect. So do it over time, a long time.
When I eventually stopped the omeprazole altogether I would occasionally get a burn in the upper stomach and lower oesophagus. A glass of cold water calms it down and dilutes the acid. All gone! This is all part of the acid reset process and after a while stops happening. Your aloe does a find job of lining the stomach from then on and hopefully will give you prolonged recovery.
Omeprazole is not meant to be a long term solution to acid problems so the sooner you find a way of coping without them, the better!!
What do I do when my leaves arrive? Just follow these simple instructions.
Please contact me when your condition improves. I really love to hear your stories.
Disclaimer: Aloe Vera is known to be a wonderful cure-all around the world and back again. But it is always best to keep an open mind on both sides of the orthodox and natural remedies debate, and cherry pick the best solution on a condition by condition basis. Natural remedies alone may not always help to cure your condition, especially if there are contributory factors. If the condition worsens or takes longer than anticipated to recover, you are advised to contact your doctor. Normally, your aloe may be used along with any conventional medical treatment offered.
REFERENCES: Evidence studies and research papers.
Here is the evidence that I have found to support the use of Aloe Vera gel in your recovery.
Study 1: Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Volume 35, Issue 6, December 2015, Pages 632-636
Efficacy and safety of Aloe vera syrup for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease: a pilot randomized positive-controlled trial. Yunes Panahi, Hossein Khedmat, Ghasem Valizadegan, Reza Mohtashami, Amirhossein Sahebkar
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0254627215301515 (opens in a new window)
Objective: To investigate the use of Aloe vera (A. vera) for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms and compare its effects with those of omeprazole and ranitidine.
Conclusion: A. vera was safe and well tolerated and reduced the frequencies of all the assessed GERD symptoms, with no adverse events requiring withdrawal. A. vera may provide a safe and effective treatment for reducing the symptoms of GERD.
Study 2: PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES SEPTEMBER 2016 , Volume 22 , Number 3; Page(s) 190 To 194.
Scientific Information Database (SID)
Paper: EFFECT OF ALOE VERA AND PANTOPRAZOLE ON GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX SYMPTOMS IN MUSTARD GAS VICTIMS: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Author(s): PANAHI YUNES, ASLANI JAFAR, HAJIHASHEMI ALI, KALKHORANI MAHDIEH, GHANEI MOSTAFA, SAHEBKAR AMIRHOSSEIN
https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?ID=519836 (opens in a new window)
Background: Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common complaint of sulphur mustard (SM) -exposed subjects. Routine treatments such as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2-blockers and anti-acids cannot control GERD symptoms completely.
Conclusion: Findings of the present study suggested a significant improvement in the severity of GERD symptoms in SM-exposed subjects following addition of A. Vera to pantoprazole.
Study 3: Aloe vera and GI Tract Health By Dr. Santiago Rodriguez
http://www.lorandlabs.com/pdf/Aloe%20Insight%20-%20Aloe%20vera%20and%20GI%20Tract%20Health.pdf (opens in a new window)
Background: The American College of Gastroenterology reports that 95 million Americans experience some kind of digestive problem in their lifetime and over 10 million of them are hospitalized each year for these problems. One of the major causes is that excessive hydrochloric acid secretion will manifest into various disease conditions. Acid reflux, heartburn, peptic ulcers, functional dyspepsia, and irritable bowel syndrome are all gastrointestinal issues caused or accelerated in part by excessive hydrochloric acid in the stomach
Conclusion: Stomach acid balancing, soothing of the gastrointestinal tract, promoting growth of good bacteria and delivery of the wound hormone Acemannan are some of the properties that have made Aloe vera the plant of choice for ages. Daily oral consumption of Aloe vera can eliminate dependence upon both types of drugs commonly used to control excessive hydrochloric acid without any of the negative side effects.