With thousands of drugs that are available to treat heartburn, one can’t help but be concerned about if the cure is worse than the condition. Heartburn is the result of acid from the stomach percolating up past what is called the Esophageal Sphincter – which is the one-way valve at the top of your stomach. This valve is meant to keep the acid in your stomach from climbing up your esophagus ( the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach ). When acid does escape from your tummy – it can create a severe burning sensation called heart burn.
The reason this burning sensation is called heartburn is because of the location of the esophagus to the middle of your chest. Most people wrongly assume that the stomachs are down around their navel/belly button area – whereas that is where your intestines are.
In the above diagram, you can see how close the heart actually is to the top of the stomach and diaphragm and why if stomach acid was to creep up the esophagus, it can make the heart feel like it is burning.
Heartburn can be the result of a variety of different medical conditions including ulcers, gastritis, H.pylori infections, or the rarely seen Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome but in most cases is something called GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disorder). In part two of this guide to natural heartburn treatments, we will discuss how heartburn can lead to serious health conditions such as pneumonia and cardiac problems.
Heartburn drugs are a $15 billion a year industry in North America, mainly because it’s far more profitable to steer people to drugs than to healthier diets, stress reduction or herbal remedies using all natural nutrients like slippery elm, ginger, digestive enzymes and deglycyrrhizinated licorice root lozenges (DGL). There’s more on the natural alternatives in the second half of this article.