Heartburn is a burning pain in chest, just behind the breastbone which is often worse after eating, in the evening, or when lying down or bending over.
Occasional heartburn is common and no cause for alarm. Most people can manage the discomfort of heartburn on their own with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications.
Heartburn that is more frequent or interferes with daily routine may be a symptom of a more serious condition that requires medical care.
SYMPTOMS OF HEARTBURN
Symptoms of heartburn include:
- A burning pain in the chest that usually occurs after eating and may occur at night
- Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over
- Bitter or acidic taste in the mouth
CAUSES OF HEARTBURN
Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into the tube that carries food from our mouth to our stomach (esophagus).
Normally when we swallow, a band of muscle around the bottom of our esophagus (lower esophageal sphincter) relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into our stomach. Then the muscle tightens again.
If the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can flow back up into our esophagus (acid reflux) and cause heartburn. The acid backup may be worse when we bent over or lying down.
Heartburn that occurs frequently and interferes with our routine is considered gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD treatment may require prescription medications and, occasionally, surgery or other procedures. GERD can seriously damage your esophagus or lead to precancerous changes in the esophagus called Barrett's esophagus.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR HEARTBURN
Natrum Phos : Useful for heartburn where the patient experiences sour belching or sour vomiting along with burning in chest or mid upper abdomen. There is specific coating of tongue with yellow pasty matter is a redline symptom along with sour belching and vomiting. Acidic symptoms due to intake of excess of sugar can also be best treated with Natrum Phos.
Iris Versicolor : Useful for heartburn with burning throughout the gastrointestinal tract, right from the mouth to anus with sour vomiting.
Robinia : Useful for heartburn with acrid, burning, bitter or worsesour belching appear along with burning in the chest and stomach. There is headache accompany with heartburn.
Arsenic Album : Useful for heartburn with burning in upper abdomen with acid, bitter risings in the throat.There is nausea and vomiting occurs soon after eating or drinking. Thirst for a small quantity of water at short intervals is also a prominent symptom for using Arsenic Album.Heartburn relieved by hot drink is the key symptom of this remedy.
Phosphorus : Useful for heartburn with belching after eating. Vomiting also appears, but not immediately after drinking.Also useful for Vomiting occurs a few hours after taking water when the water gets warm in abdomen. There is desire for ice creams, juices and cold drinks is another useful symptom for selecting Phosphorus.