Another term used for this condition is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The most frequent symptom is heartburn or indigestion. Typically, acid reflux is thought to be caused by having too much acid in your stomach. It is thought to be associated with a weakness of the lower esophageal sphincter that allows the acid to move back up the esophagus.
What is happening is after food passes through your esophagus into your stomach, a muscular valve called the lower escophageal sphincter closes, preventing food or acid to move back up. So when this valve is not working properly or relaxes inappropriately, it allows acid from your stomach to flow backwards into your esophagus.
Heartburn is the primary symptom of acid reflux — a burning sensation that radiates up from your stomach to your chest and throat. It can be bothersome at night. You may experience symptoms after eating a big heavy meal and it may be worse when lying down, especially on your back.
Modifying your diet – Eating large amounts of processed foods and sugars is a sure fire way to worsen acid reflux as it will upset the bacterial balance in your stomach and intestine.
Instead, you’ll want to eat a lot of vegetables, and high quality, organic, and locally grown foods. You can also supplement with a high quality probiotic or make sure you include fermented foods in your diet. This will help balance your bowel flora.
Some Homeopathic Remedies to help;
One of the main remedies for most digestive complaints is Nux Vomica. The individual may complain of stomach pains of all types including burning, bloating, aching, constipation, nausea, belching and the feeling of stomach digest and acid backing up into the throat. They may be the type of person who is overworked, and very intense. They may be bossy and easy to anger. This individual often eats and drinks alcohol in excess. He desires coffee, spicy food, fatty foods and other stimulants. The person needing Nux vomica is inclined to overdo everything, all of which contribute to his acid reflux symptoms.
The person needing Arsenicum album for heartburn will have burning pain in the stomach and/or in the esophagus. There is belching of acid or bitter substance which seems to burn the throat. They may thirst for small frequent sips of cold water, which may upset the stomach. They may feel better from a warm drink or placing a heating pad on their stomach. Symptoms are worse at night, especially around midnight. The person may be anxious and restless.
A person needing phosphorus for heartburn may complain about burning pains in the stomach or the esophagus. They may belch with a sour taste after eating a meal. They may have a desire for icy cold water, which could be vomited back up shortly after becoming warm in the stomach. Belching and vomiting of undigested food is a common characteristic of a person needing phosphorus. Symptoms are worse in the evening.
A person needing pulsatilla for indigestion after eating rich, greasy, fatty foods. They may feel over-stuffed after eating and want to loosen their clothing for relief. They may complain of a sensation of a hole being burned in their stomach accompanied by flatulence. Belching and the taste of the food remains a long time afterwards. They crave ice cream, fatty foods and pastries which makes them feel worse and aggravates the acid reflux.
The individual needing carbo vegetabilis has heartburn characterized by belching, bloating, heaviness in the stomach and chest and distress from eating simple, plain foods. The heartburn creates burning pains that extend from the stomach towards the back. Belching may bring temporary relief. They may feel like they need air, must be fanned and have all the windows open. They are worse from rich foods. The pains are worse lying down.
Precautions: Other diseases may look like acid reflux. If symptoms persist, seek medical advice.