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 GERD and Homeopathy:
by Praveen Maurya

GERD, which means gastro esophageal reflux disease, is often misconstrued as chronic acid reflux syndrome or chronic heartburn. GERD is defined as the reflux of bile and stomach acids that flow back up into the esophagus, causing serious inflammation and irritation of the lining of the esophagus. GERD can cause damage to the esophagus, which may or may not be able to be repaired. Over the counter medications are appropriate for generalized acid reflux or indigestion, but GERD requires appropriate treatments by a qualified physician.


The initial symptoms of GERD include heartburn, chest pain which usually worsens at night or when the body is reclined, difficulty swallowing, coughing, asthmatic symptoms or worsening asthma, wheezing, hoarseness, sore throat, or the regurgitation of either food or a sour liquid. Symptoms may be worse at night or after sunset.

The esophagus is equipped with a flap that keeps the liquids and partially digested food in the stomach. This flap, known as the esophageal sphincter, opens briefly to allow food into the stomach. GERD is caused by the esophageal sphincter either relaxing too much or not closing entirely. Over time, this seeping and backwash of stomach acids can cause significant damage to the esophagus.

Risk factors for GERD include chronic heartburn, obesity, asthma, pregnancy, hiatal hernia, diabetes, peptic ulcer, connective tissue disorders, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. While it is unclear why patients with asthma have difficulty with GERD, the only reasonable explanation that doctors have been able to determine include the changes in pressure to the abdominal muscles due to chronic coughing.

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