Acid reflux has become a common digestive ailment in many Americans. In this condition, the lower end of esophagus (food pipe) is irritated and inflamed due to back flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. One of the main reasons for heartburn is acid reflux. If you want to relieve heartburn caused as a result of acid reflux in a natural way, try this time tested ancient popular herb called ginger.
Ginger is a traditional herbal remedy used since ancient times for alleviating gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Due to its soothing effect on the internal lining of stomach and lower end of esophagus, it plays an effective role in alleviating mild to moderate acid reflux and heartburn.Thanks to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
The main anti-inflammatory compound found in ginger root is gingerol. The compound gingerol mainly includes resin and volatile oils. Its therapeutic value as well as its pungent and aromatic flavor is due to these ingredients.
According to historical evidence, ginger was cultivated in south Asia few thousand years ago. As the word spread, people started cultivating ginger in different parts of the world for its culinary and medicinal benefits. Ginger root is obtained from plant Zingiber Offcinale.
The flesh of ginger root is white or yellow in color.It is covered by brown skin which can be thin or thick depending whether the root is old and mature or young. Fresh ginger root is available in the produce section of the departmental store throughout the year.
How To Use Ginger Root For Acid Reflux Cure?
Ginger root can be used either fresh or in its dried form. However, fresh root has higher level of gingerol which is therapeutically important in reducing acid reflux. There are varieties of ways to consume ginger.
- The roots can be dried in sunlight and finely powdered and filled in capsules. These capsules can be taken as prescribed by the herbalist. They can be taken after the meals. Capsules filled with dried ginger powder are available in most health food stores.
- You can prepare ginger tea. Crush fresh ginger root or cut few fresh pieces of ginger root. Take a cup of water and heat it for some time. Put ginger slice or crushed ginger in the cup and let it simmer for few minutes. Strain the ginger root or its slice and drink the freshly prepared ginger tea. You can add honey to it as honey also helps to relieve symptoms of acid reflux.
- Besides, tincture derived from ginger root is also useful for alleviating heartburn and acid reflux.
- Ginger ale and ginger candies are also useful for acid reflux. It is always beneficial to prepare them at home rather than to purchase from the stores. You should buy fresh ginger root from the produce section of the store and prepare the fresh candies and gingersnaps.
Side Effects Of Ginger Root
Though ginger is said to be a safe natural remedy for treating acid reflux disorder, consuming it in excessive amount can have negative repercussion. You can land up with exaggerated acid reflux problem. For this, you should begin with a small amount.
Experts and herbalists suggest ginger should not be consumed more than 4 grams in a day. It can also interfere with drugs used for serious form of acid reflux. Keeping this perspective in mind, before taking ginger root as a remedial measure for alleviating heartburn, you should consult with the doctor for its amount of consumption.
Ginger is known for blood thinning. Therefore, if you are taking any blood thinning drugs you should not take ginger. Also avoid ginger root tea and other ginger products before surgery as it may increase bleeding. If you are suffering from bleeding disorder, you should not take ginger.