Reverse Acid Reflux Disease
by Eric Smith
Acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, causes stomach acid to back up into the esophagus. GERD irritates the lining of the esophagus, causes heartburn and esophageal erosions. This disorder can be reversed with treatment.
According to the Mayo Clinic, proton pump inhibitor medications such as Prilosec OTC can provide long-term relief of heartburn, reduce acid reflux and allow time for erosions to heal.
Prescription prokinetic agents can help to tighten the valve between the esophagus and the stomach and reduce the occurrence of GERD.
A surgical procedure called an EndoCinch can be performed to create a barrier that prevents the back up of stomach acid into the esophagus.
Herbal remedies such as chamomile, licorice and slippery elm have been used by some patients to relieve heartburn.
Losing extra weight can help reduce the abdominal pressure that can cause stomach acid to back up into the esophagus. Fatty foods, alcohol and caffeine can aggravate heartburn symptoms.