Home Remedies for Reflux with Ginger
For years, ginger has been recognized for its medicinal properties. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the herb has been used in Asian medicine to treat many stomach and digestive ailments such as nausea, diarrhea and stomach aches. Nausea, which is a symptom of acid reflux, is one of the symptoms ginger treats to relieve acid reflux.
Ginger is a natural digestive enhancer because it works in the stomach to neutralize certain acids and toxins. It “relaxes the esophagus walls and muscles” thereby preventing acid reflux from occurring according to Reflux Removal. Ginger comes in various forms, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which include fresh or dried root, capsules, tablets, teas and liquid extracts also known as tinctures. As a tea, you can drink ginger before or after your meals and whenever you experience symptoms.
You can use either ginger root or powdered ginger to make tea to treat acid reflux. Place ginger root in boiled water, and allow it to steep for 10 minutes to 15 minutes before drinking.
Ginger root supplements are just as effective for absorbing stomach acid and relaxing the muscles. If you experience acid reflux after a meal, take one ginger root capsule after eating, as suggested by Home Remedies Web.
For dried ginger rhizome powder, take between 2 g and 4 g, two to three times daily to treat acid reflux. The dosage for an herbal ginger tincture is between 1.5 ml and 3 ml, three times each day.
According Mayo Clinic, ginger powder, capsules, tablets or fresh ginger should be used in doses of 1 g to 5 g daily.
In addition to herbal and supplement uses, there are several other ways ginger can be used to treat acid reflux. You can eat ginger raw or use it in when you cook or bake.
Candied ginger is also available that you can chew before eating meals or when you experience symptoms.
Although ginger ale is a carbonated drink, it is flavored with ginger and can help calm your upset stomach.
Herbs 2000 recommends using ginger oil. You can apply 1 to 2 drops of ginger oil on a sugar lump or 1/2 tsp. of honey. Digesting it through this method helps relieve nausea and other digestive problems.