WHAT IS GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE
Many refer to this disease as acidity, reflux etc and it is a condition where the patient experiences symptoms such as heartburn, water-brash and indigestion including bloating. The pain and burning sensation can sometimes last up to two hours after a meal. This is a fairly common condition in today’s time of high stress levels and take away meals. Some well-known triggers are Spicy food, smoking, alcohol consumption, pregnancy and a diet lacking in fibre.
Conventional treatment includes avoiding spicy food and other triggers and the use of antacids which offers a temporary solution and the patient must take it everyday to avoid the symptoms.
HOW DOES HOMOEOPATHY HELP IN TREATING GERD?
Homeopathy works at the level of the immune system. The root cause of the problem is relaxation of the lower oesophageal sphincter and erosion of the lining of the pylorus and oesophagus. And homoeopathy squarely addresses this root cause and does not merely subdue symptoms.
Since there are several reasons why a patient develops GERD, our homeopathic practitioner will take a detailed case history that involves an understanding of the patient’s life including his regimen and food habits, medical history and the mental emotional as well as physical stressors that bother him.
Accordingly then a medicine is prescribed which usually works by rebuilding the stomach mucosa and helping the smooth muscle of the sphincter gain its tone because the acid balance is restored.
LONG TERM PROGNOSIS WITH HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT
The duration of homeopathic treatment is determined by how chronic the condition is. Usually significant improvements are noticed in the first couple of months itself if diet and lifestyle regimen are strictly adhered to and eventually the homeopathic practitioner tapers off even the homeopathic doses. So all in all, homeopathy offers a far more safe and permanent solution to a problem like GERD.