Approximately one in three Americans suffer from the occasional indigestion, or heartburn, upset stomach, bloating, gas, and slow digestion. While antacids can provide temporary symptom relief, constant use can be detrimental, since they can interfere with the absorption of vitamins, minerals and other medications used for aiding these symptoms.
One heartburn herbal remedy is licorice has been used as a highly effective alternative to anti-acids and acid-blocking drugs. Stomach discomfort is usually to protect itself against the irritation caused by acid.
While most people consume plenty of salty, sweet and sour foods, bitter foods are not commonly eaten in North America. Bitter herbs encourage salivation and production of stomach acid and digestive enzymes.
Another heartburn herbal remedy is eating Dandelions and Blessed Thistles. Bitters are particularly valuable for people who eat a lot of fatty, hard-to-digest foods.
Another acid reflux herbal remedy is the consumption of chamomile. Ginger and peppermint are also good alternatives. Chamomile, ginger, and peppermint are known and recognized for their potential as a heartburn herbal remedy.
Peppermint is also thought to have healing properties against indigestion. It also has the additional property of calming the stomach.
Studies have shown that peppermint in combination with the caraway fruit have the same ease of relieving the symptoms of heartburn as Chamomile and Ginger do. Herbs like blessed thistle are advocated in the hopes that they will alleviate heartburn.
Although there is no clear way of knowing their effects, blessed thistle and other herbs are not as universally recommended, nor have they been thoroughly tested as the other herbs did.
Before using any of these remedies, be sure to consult your doctor about the different heartburn herbal remedies you are going to use. This way you can take care knowing that the heartburn herbal remedies will not conflict with your other ongoing medication treatments as prescribed by your physician.