Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)

Acid Reflux or GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is defined as chronic condition. Acid from the stomach caused by the abnormal reflux damages the mucosal lining of the esophagus. The symptoms include acid reflux and heartburn.

Healthy Ping’s remedies and Suggestions

Consider trying one or more of the following to help reduce the frequency of acid reflex and heartburn:

Neutralize stomach acid with alkaline food for quickly relief

1. Drink 2 oz of water mixed with ¼ teaspoon baking soda; or

2. Drink 1 cup of water blended with 4-5 lettuce leaves; or

3. Drink 1 cup of water mixed with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Initially, lemon is acidic but it becomes alkaline after digestion.

Help Digestion

1.       To avoid heart burn, take 1 tablet of Papaya & pineapple enzymes with your meal to help digestion and keep food from fermenting in your stomach.

2.       Vinegar can help digest protein and starchy food such as noodles, pasta and bread.

Eat more green leafy vegetables: Most green vegetables are alkaline and also contain vitamin u which helps neutralize the stomach acid and heal ulcers.

Vitamin U: S-Methylmethionine is sometimes called vitamin U in naturopathic medicine, it can be found in raw cabbage, green leaves of vegetables and fruits. It has been demonstrated effective for treating peptic and duodenal ulcers and acid reflex.  According to, Garnett Cheney, M.D. demonstrated in the 1950s that fresh, raw cabbage juice could significantly increase the rate of healing in patients with gastrointestinal ulceration. In 1952, he had 100 patients with peptic ulcers drink 4 glasses of fresh, raw cabbage juice daily. 81% of the patients were symptom-free within one week, and over two thirds were better within four days.

Natto: It is a Japanese daily food of fermented soy beans which contains good bacteria and enzymes. Therefore, Natto can inhibit H. pylori bacteria infection, which can cause stomach ulcers.

Probiotics: The good bacteria help reduce the growth of H. pylori bacteria, suppress infection, lower the risk of recurrence and reduce heart burn from ulcer symptoms.

Octopus bone powder (or called fish bone in pet store): mix ½ or 1 teaspoon of octopus bone powder with a few drops water, make paste, swallow and follow with 1 cup of warm water. It will quickly stop acid reflex and help heal stomach ulcers.

Ginger tea: helps soothe stomach pain, nausea, and heart burn.

Green tea: helps digest fatty foods and it is also an alkaline tea.

Chamomile tea: reduce stress, relaxes anxiety and relieve abdominal pain.

Avoid foods that trigger heartburn: Common triggers such as fatty or fried foods, alcohol, chocolate, garlic, onions, green bell pepper and caffeine may worsen heartburn. Some people even get heartburn from bread because of the yeast.

Maintain a healthy weight: if you are overweight, excess pounds push the stomach up and result in acid reflex in the esophagus; therefore, losing weight will help heart burn.

Ping’s Meridian therapy: this technique combines specific acupuncture points with meridian massage to help digestion, reduce stress and anxiety and relieve symptoms of GERD.

Foot reflexology: soak feet in warm water until skin turns red, wipe feet dry and press the sole of the foot for 15 minutes, this is the pressure point for the stomach.

Don’t lie down after a meal: Wait at least two to three hours after eating before lying down or going to bed.

Most of our patients can manage the discomfort of heartburn with the above complementary and alternative therapies. For people with GERD, these remedies may offer temporary relief.

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