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Heartburn

Heartburn strikes an estimated 20% of Americans at least once a week. Here you'll find in-depth heartburn and GERD information including their symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Heartburn is defined as a burning sensation in the chest, behind the breastbone or in the upper central abdomen. It is also known as pyrosis or cardialgia or acid indigestion. Heartburn occurs when the stomach acid of alimentary canal gets backflow to the oesophagus. Heartburn is not related to complaints of heart. It is a symptom of the gastrointestinal tract Heartburn is commonly used interchangeably with gastroesophageal reflux disease rather than just to describe a symptom of burning in chest though all case of GERD may not have the symptom of heartburn. Heartburn needs to be differentiated from symptoms of cardiac disease (Heart attack) because heartburn can mimic heart attack in some cases.

 

Symptoms of heartburn include:

  • A burning pain in the middle of the chest that usually occurs after eating and it may occur at night.
  • The burning aggravates on lying down or bending over.
  • Acid Reflux: The heartburn may be associated with regurgitation of gastric acid into mouth and throat. This brings a sour taste in mouth.

Causes of Heartburn:

Heartburn is caused by regurgitation of stomach acid into oesophagus. In normal conditions, when there is no pathology the gastric acid does not go back because the muscles of lower oesophageal sphincter prevent this. The weakness of these muscles causes reflux of acid and leads to a burning pain in chest called heartburn.
GERD is the most common cause of heartburn.
Functional Heartburn: It is heartburn of unknown origin and may be present along with other diseases of gastrointestinal tract like irritable bowel syndrome.

Risk factors for heartburn include:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Hiatus Hernia
  • StressLarge
  • Fatty meals
  • Certain Foods and Drinks -Spicy foods, citrus products, onions, peppermint, tobacco, alcohol, coffee and chocolate are known to cause heartburn.

When to seek medical advice for Heartburn:

Most of us have experienced heartburn at some or other point of time in our life but it needs proper management and treatment if it occurs more than twice a week .Heartburn is a clinical feature of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) but It may not be present in all patients suffering from GERD.GERD along with other risk factors need immediate treatment and management.

Tests and Diagnosis of Heartburn:

It is very important to find the underlying cause of heartburn and this is done by following diagnostic processes:

  • X-Ray
  • Endoscopy
  • Oesophageal Motility Testing
  • Ambulatory Acid Probe Testing

Management of Heartburn:

  • Maintain proper weight
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes
  • Avoid Lying down immediately after meal
  • Avoid smoking
  • Elevate the head of bed

Homeopathy treatment of Heartburn:

1. Carbo veg: If the well-selected remedies fail or do not help. Distension of abdomen, amel. by eructation and agg. from milk. Desires for salts and sweets
2. Capsicum: Heartburn during pregnancy. Severe buming internally with face, tongue, orifices, urethra and rectum; ameliorated by warmth. The patient is chilly. Chill and shivering after aking water. Home sickness.
3. China: Heartburn with dyspepsia and flatulence. Aggravation after milk. Loss of appetite. Periodic symptoms. Ailments and weakness from loss of vital fluids.
4. Nux vom: Heartburn of drunkards and night-watchers. Bad effects of mental and physical exhaustion, rich foods and sexual abuse. Aggravated before breakfast, after eating and after fat and sour foods. Aversion to foods. Sleeplessness.
5. Pulsatilla: With a coated tongue, bad taste, tasteless with nausea. The patient is susceptible to hot, weepy and changeable stool.
6. Staphysagria: When caused by smoking. Desires for milk. Ailments from sexual excess of patient and severe anger, tendency to dental carries and styes.

Homeopathy medicine for Heartburn:

1. Carbo veg: If the well-selected remedies fail or do not help. Distension of abdomen, amel. by eructation and agg. from milk. Desires for salts and sweets
2. Capsicum: Heart burn during pregnancy. Severe burning internally with face, tongue, orifices, urethra and rectum; ameliorated by warmth. The patient is chilly. Chill and shivering after aking water. Home sickness.
3. China: Heart burn with dyspepsia and flatulence. Aggravation after milk. Loss of appetite. Periodic symptoms. Ailments and weakness from loss of vital fluids.
4. Nux vom : Heartburn of drunkards and night-watchers. Bad effects of mental and physical exhaustion, rich foods and sexual abuse. Aggravated before breakfast, after eating and after fat and sour foods. Aversion to foods. Sleeplessness.
5. Pulsatilla: With a coated tongue, bad taste, tasteless with nausea. The patient is susceptible to hot, weepy and changeable stool.
6. Staphysagria: When caused by smoking. Desires for milk. Ailments from sexual excess
of patient and severe anger, tendency to dental carries and styes

Updated: October, 7 2015

Comments (1)

  1. Abhay Singh Mar 16 2016 1:15PM Reply
    Very Helpful Info..

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