Heartburn is not fun. Many people think relief can only be found with antacids or proton pump inhibitors. Some of the drugs used for heartburn relief have horrible side effects. (Source). Sadly most people think drugs are the only option.
That is not true.
I did not have problems with heartburn until I was pregnant. It did not get bad until the very end of the pregnancy. I am guessing this happened from the pressure on my stomach. The beauty of homeopathy is the cause does not matter, only the symptoms matter. (This takes some getting used to, especially for my mind, that was trained in the allopathic ways for so long).
During my first pregnancy I managed heartburn with Braggs Raw Apple Cider vinegar, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. I also had to prop my head up a little at night. Though the Apple Cider Vinegar did help, most of the time, doing a “shot” of it was not always pleasant. (Let’s just say it is an acquired taste).
For my second pregnancy I found something better. It is the homeopathic cell salt Nat Phos 6x. When I had heartburn I would take one dose. (One dose is 1-5 pills, depending on the manufacturer). I would wait at least 15-20 minutes before taking a second dose. Usually the heartburn was resolved after the second dose. I usually take 3 doses of a homeopathic remedy before I decide if it is the correct remedy. So if there is no improvement after 3 doses, then I try another remedy. (Or take out the Apple Cider Vinegar).
When I used Nat Phos 6x I did not need any other remedy for heartburn. It was truly amazing. I only needed a few doses.
I love homeopathic remedies because they are non-toxic, inexpensive, and they do not have any harmful “side effects”.
Many skeptics will say homeopathic remedies are nothing more than a placebo effect. There are scientific studies that prove that is not the case. However, if taking a homeopathic remedy resolves the problem without any harmful side effects, then who cares how it works? What is the alternative? Let’s look at the possible side effects for pharmaceutical drugs called PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors);
“No matter how we sliced and diced the data from this large data set, we saw the same thing: There’s an increased risk of death among PPI users,” said senior author Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, an assistant professor of medicine. “For example, when we compared patients taking H2 blockers with those taking PPIs for one to two years, we found those on PPIs had a 50 percent increased risk of dying over the next five years. People have the idea that PPIs are very safe because they are readily available, but there are real risks to taking these drugs, particularly for long periods of time.” (Source)
Increased chance of DEATH? No thank you.
Many people do not realize that GERD and heartburn is not caused by low stomach acid. Heartburn is actually a result of not having enough stomach acid. (This explains why an acid such as Apple Cider Vinegar help). Many clinicians have found HCL supplementation can help. (Which also indicated that low stomach acid is the problem, not too much stomach acid).
“In 24 years of nutritionally oriented practice, I’ve worked with thousands of individuals who’ve found the cause of their heartburn and indigestion to be low stomach acidity. In nearly all these folks, symptoms have been relieved and digestion improved when they’ve taken supplemental hydrochloric acid and pepsin capsules.” Source
Obviously if low stomach acid is part of the problem, taking drugs that lower the stomach acid is not a good long term strategy. Lowering your stomach acid can cause other problems, such as disrupting the balance of bacteria in the gut.
Homeopathy does not cause imbalances, it restores balance.
I am not saying Nat Phos 6x will resolve all cases of heart burn. There are many factors that can contribute to this problem, including genetics and diet. Homeopathy is individualized medicine, and a consultation with a professional homeopathy may be necessary to find the “root cause” of your heartburn. But Nat Phos 6x is a remedy that is known to help with this specific ailment and it is definitely worth a try.
If heartburn is a chronic problem, them homeopathic constitutional care will probably be your best option; if you want this problem to be resolved instead of just managing symptoms. Under the care of a professional homeopath, a specific problem like heartburn will not only get better, it will most likely disappear completely. This is the benefit of homeopathic medicine, homeopathic medicines heal, they work WITH the body, not against it.
So before you reach for that antacid, give homeopathy a try. It might surprise you.
What natural remedies have you used for heartburn?