Heartburn is a sharp painful sensation behind the breastbone. It can feel as though it rises up from the stomach into the throat and is caused by the acid contents of the stomach going back up the food tube (the oesaphagus). It is made worse by bending or stooping, lying flat, hot or spicy foods, alcolhol and smoking, being overweight.
Persistent reflux into the oesaphagus can cause damage to the lining and persistent symptoms should be investigated.
Antacids are often prescribed to ease heartburn, but these can be counter productive. If you have an attack of heartburn, break open an acidophilus capsule and sprinkle the powder on your tongue. Let your saliva take it down your throat so that it coats the inside of your food tube. This will calm the burning and help the lining of the tube to heal.
Eat small meals, little and often to ease the pressure on the digestive system.
Chew thoroughly and eat slowly so that digestive juices have chance to work.
Eat live yoghurt every day for it’s gut friendly bacteria.
Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)
- Arsen Alb
- Carbo Veg
- Nux Vom
Suggested further reading:
- About heartburn
- Tips to help