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Gastroesophageal reflux disease(GERD) is defined as symptoms or mucosal damage produced by the abnormal reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus or beyond into the oral cavity (including Larynx) or lung.

Causes

The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a circular band of muscle at the end of the esophagus. When it’s working properly, it relaxes and opens when we swallow. Then it tightens and closes again afterward. Acid reflux happens when LES doesn’t tighten or close properly. This allows digestive juices and other contents from the stomach to rise into the esophagus.

Signs and Symptoms

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  • A burning sensation in the chest (heartburn), usually after eating, which might be worse at night.
  • Chest pain
  • Epigastric pain
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid
  • The sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Dyspepsia
  • Nausea
  • Bloating

The factors which aggravate pitta dosha are:

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  • Increased intake of tea or coffee
  • Junk food, processed and fermented foods
  • Stress and worries
  • Cold food
  • Oily, spicy, sour, salty, or fried foods
  • Use of curd
  • Late night work schedules
  • Irregular eating patterns
  • Drinking alcoholic and carbonated beverages
  • Increased intake of painkillers and antibiotics
  • Drinking water after meals

Ayurvedic View

According to Ayurveda, acid reflux is a result of the aggravation of pitta Dosha. Consumption of pitta (fire) aggregating foods and foods of incompatible nature (virudh aahar) vitiates all the doshas, predominantly pitta dosha.

So it is recommended to eat foods according to your Prakriti and avoid foods that are not suited for your body and lifestyle. So to balance the pitta dosha, Virechana is more effective in providing distinct and instant relief.

At Samwarthika Ayurveda Hospital, we treat with systemic use of medicines combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Panchakarma procedures such as Takra Vasthi, Kashaya Vasthi have tremendous results. After the disease is controlled with an Ayurvedic protocol, rasayanas are administered to eliminate the residual disease and to provide a long-term immunity towards the disease.

Ayurveda Acharya Charaka has advocated various treatment modalities such as Langhanam, Vamanam, Virechanam, Vasthi, Karma, Ghritapan, Sthambhan, and Brihana.