The unpleasant sensation of stomach discomfort is often bothersome for some of us after eating. If this is accompanied by a burning sensation that rises from the stomach to the throat, accompanied by a bitter aftertaste, then this is heartburn. It can occur after overeating, after physical exertion, with a horizontal position of the body. The attack can last up to several hours. The nature of such a phenomenon as heartburn is as follows: on the way to the stomach, the sphincter passes - the opening between the stomach and the esophagus. Usually the sphincter closes as soon as a valve. However, if this does not happen, then gastric juice enters the esophagus, starting to irritate it. This is heartburn.
Tight clothing, which puts pressure on the stomach, pregnancy, stress and certain foods, contributes to increased heartburn. What else can make heartburn worse: drinks that are too hot or cold, the habit of lying down after eating, stoop, lifting weights, coffee. If heartburn rarely bothers you, then there is no reason to worry, but if the attacks are regular, and the development of inflammation of the esophagus - esophagitis, in which the walls of the esophagus narrow so that they cause pain and bleeding when swallowing, urgent measures should be taken. So, what are the causes of heartburn: esophagitis, obesity, pregnancy, smoking and alcohol consumption, stomach ulcers, hernia of the esophagus, taking anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal drugs.
First aid for heartburn.
First aid consists in eliminating the unpleasant burning sensation with the help of enveloping preparations, for example, fosoflugel or maalox, and preparations neutralizing the acidity. The drugs Gastal and Reni are considered effective. It is often not recommended to use a soda solution as an ambulance in order to avoid disruption of the water-salt balance in the body. It is not recommended to take drugs that reduce the production of bile juice. Incorrect use can have the opposite effect. To decide the question of what treatment should be taken, it is necessary to find out the root cause of the disease.
Treatment of heartburn with folk remedies.
When treating heartburn, it is good to chew and then swallow a piece of calamus root. Horse sorrel, eaten early in the morning, is also a good way to get rid of. You can drink a glass of warm mineral water or milk. Destroys heartburn with charcoal powder diluted in water. You can prepare an infusion of plantain leaves, St. John's wort, 20 g each, 5 g of chamomile inflorescences. Drink one tablespoon three times a day. Mix equally the herb of yarrow, St. John's wort and dried cress. Take three tablespoons of the mixture, insist in 1 liter of boiling water 2 itself. Drink 4-5 times a day in case of stomach pain and heartburn.
But such a popular recipe promises to get rid of heartburn forever. Drink a brewed glass of wormwood on an empty stomach, then a glass of chamomile broth. And so for 10-12 days. There are supporters of extreme methods of dealing with heartburn. These include dry peas. As soon as you feel a burning sensation, swallow a few peas. The operating principle is unclear, the consequences are well known, but it helps.
Another remedy is apple cider vinegar. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar is diluted in half a glass of boiled water. Drink in small sips while eating. It may seem strange to use acid against acid, but there is an effect.
For heartburn, it is often recommended to drink raw cabbage or potato juice. A good remedy is fennel. All folk remedies that help get rid of heartburn are good, but if the pain radiates to the larynx, shoulder, neck, accompanied by nausea and shortness of breath, this can be the cause of a heart attack.