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Indigestion (discomfort felt as a burning pain in the chest and lower throat) is a symptom of an inflamed esophagus. Causes include hot or spicy foods, and acid flowing back from the stomach.

Indigestion (discomfort felt as a burning pain in the chest and lower throat) is a symptom of an inflamed esophagus. Causes include hot or spicy foods, and acid flowing back from the stomach. A hiatus hernia, in which part of the stomach passes into the chest cavity through the hole for the esophagus is often responsible causing belching, bloating, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Symptoms

- Pain in the chest, throat and jaw

- Partially digested food that returns to the mouth on bending or lying down

- Pain between the ribs suggests a peptic ulcer

- Water brash, whereby the mouth suddenly fills with watery saliva – is also typical of a peptic ulcer.

Cures

Cabbage juice has long been taken to help heal peptic ulcers. Sip 10-13 fl oz daily on an empty stomach, freshly juiced, with a handful of fresh basil, marjoram and/or oregano leaves to improve the flavor and boost the effect. Small, regular meals taken 2-3 hours apart help to reduce stomach acid and soothe painful inflammation. Sip reduced-fat milk and milk beverages, and chew liquorice, which has potent ulcer-healing properties. Follow a daily vitamin/mineral regimen and take 2 kelp (seaweed) tablets daily, because large quantities of raw cabbage (or juice) can affect thyroid gland function in people with an iodine deficiency. Take additional A, C, and E vitamins; B-complex vitamins for stress reduction; and a zinc supplement, 40 mg twice daily, to boost the healing process.

Aloe vera juice or gel taken orally, before your three main meals and or bedtime has been clinically shown to combat peptic ulceration. A herbal practitioner might prescribe an infusion of marshmallow leaves, or medications containing ginger, bay leaves, thyme, caraway, marjoram, mint or savory. Follow recipes containing these herbs to increase ulcer healing. Chew slices of dried or candied root of angelica.

Add a couple of drops of essential oils of cardamom, laurel, basil, cinnamon and/or lavender to a carrier oil and heat in a burner, or add sparingly to bathwater.

Prevention

- Reduce stomach acid with small frequent meals and milky drinks.

- Avoid acidic/spicy foods.

- Avoid smoking, alcohol, strong tea and coffee.

- Reduce stress by counseling/meditation.

- Lose surplus weight to help combat reflux.

- Raise the head of the bed to reduce night-time reflux.

Caution

- A diagnosis by x-ray or an endoscopy is vital if there are persistent symptoms.

- Unexplained weight loss, jaundice or pain radiating into the back must all be traced to their cause.

- Dark ‘tarry’ stools or ‘coffee grounds’ vomit (containing partly digested blood) suggest an active ulcer – see a doctor without delay.

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