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Heartburn—Symptoms and Cures

Pyrosis, popularly known as heartburn, is a condition in which a person feels a painful sensation somewhere in the esophagus due to gastric acid. The pain could also affect the chest, as well as the jaw, throat and neck. If not treated properly, heartburn could actually be cause of chronic cough or asthma. Thus, it is imperative to pay attention when a person seems to suffer from heartburn.

The first step, of course, is diagnosing heartburn. Heartburn is categorically a gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). It means that heartburn could be diagnosed with symptoms as the sole basis. GRED occurs because stomach acid and bile moves back into the esophagus, which mainly causes that painful sensation. The most common symptom related with heartburn is the said painful or burning sensation, usually felt in the chest. Some other symptoms include wheezing, insomnia, abdominal pain and choking. Heartburn is sometimes mistaken as a mild heart attack. However, medical attention is needed as serious cases of heartburn could mean having a heart problem already.

In certain instances, GERD could be diagnosed using some medical techniques that serve as confirmatory tests.

One of those is the Upper Gastrointestinal series, composed of a series of x-rays done after the patient has taken a barium solution. The barium solution helps in determining the presence of esophageal reflux illness.

Another method is through the biopsy test. In this procedure, a small tissue of the esophagus is taken that is to be checked for cancer, swelling or other problems.

Endoscope test could also be done by a doctor. A tube with a small camera is inserted through the mouth to see if there are problems in the stomach and esophagus.

If a case of heartburn is confirmed already, the next practical thing to know is the cure of this digestion problem.

One of the most effective treatments for heartburn is engaging in physical activities. If you engage yourself in physical activities, the digestion system would not encounter any problem like heartburn. The calories and fats are consumed and burned easily. The food consumed, thus, is easily digested by the body.

Another treatment you can try is drinking a glass of milk. Milk has calcium, which helps neutralize the acid in the stomach and esophagus. Drinking a ginger tea can also help ease the painful sensation related with heartburn as well.

Antacids, which come in different brands, could also be an option is you think it works better in your case. Either way, you are sure to get rid of that discomfort brought about by heartburn.

The best thing to do is to prevent the occurrence of heartburn by avoiding acidic and spicy food items as much as you can. These two are the top reasons why heartburn happens, and avoiding too much of those would mean doing yourself a healthy favor.

Do not neglect any case of heartburn, especially now that you know a number of treatments already for the disease. Or better yet, live a healthy lifestyle to prevent any form of digestive problem to happen.

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Reflexology as a Natural Heartburn Cure

Reflexology, one of the most popular of all the alternative therapies, can apparently treat almost any illness. It uses massage techniques on the hands, feet and sometimes ears to pinpoint various areas of the body which might need soothing. This claim has led us to wonder whether it would work as a natural heartburn cure and how exactly you might go about doing it.

As a rule, reflexology is not recommended to be done by anyone who isn’t trained, but there are some sources that give basic guidelines and as long as you aren’t massaging too hard then it’s okay to try. Firstly, start off by getting yourself as relaxed as possible. This could be by having a bath, or doing some exercise beforehand. Whatever you do, be sure to soak your hands/feet (whichever you prefer to massage) before attempting this heartburn natural cure and use massage oil to make the process smoother and easier.

So, looking at this hand reflexology map and hovering our pointer over each area shows us that the stomach area is from under the thumb near the wrist on the right hand up to the middle of the palm. On the right hand it is much smaller and also under the thumb.
On the foot reflexology map the stomach area is shown on the sole
of the foot. On the left side it is in the center of the foot, spanning almost the whole length across. On the right ride it is halfway down the foot, on the inside arch and a much smaller area.

It doesn’t matter which side you start with, but it might be better to start massaging with the hand that you write with, so you have more control. Simply massage the area slowly and gently. If you feel an area that is ‘crunchy’ (for lack of a better description) then this is often an area that needs a bit of extra work. Spend about 1 minute in each area before giving the whole hand/foot an overall massage for another minute.

When you are finished performing reflexology as a natural heartburn cure, take a few minutes to ground yourself again. Maybe have a cup of tea or a glass of water and a walk around the garden.

Of course, there is no guarantee that this will work as you are not a trained reflexologist. If you would like to try reflexology as a natural heartburn cure and want to do it properly then simply find your local reflexology clinic and book an appointment.

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