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Gastro-oesophageal reflux

I cordially greet the magistrate, I would like to start by highlighting the quality of your pages and trying to bring the profile of many medicinal and undoubtedly useful plants to the general public in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. My question is directed to the GER (Gastro-reflux) that I have suffered for some years. Of course, I'm taking medication (Lanzul), but the improvement of the condition seems to be still in sight. I believe that classical natural remedies and herbs may also hide some potential that could improve my condition and also the quality of life. Could you please recommend any of the products from your offer that I could use in this case with the prospect of improving the symptoms associated with my diagnosis? (Heartburn, flatulence, restoration of gastric juices in the esophagus ..) As I understand that this question is very specific, I will also be grateful for a private response to my e-mail or any advice. Thank you and I wish many successes. Sincerely, Ing. RT

Thank you for your pleasant words, Mr. Engineer, and I'm sorry to answer after your holiday. But your answer will not be too much for you because it guarantees little and it means work for you. Yes, ginseng and goji will definitely help you by increasing the resistance of the mucous membrane of the esophagus to burning with gastric juice. But if you can help with reflux alone, I do not know. I looked a little after other herbs, but you have to realize that gastro-oesophageal reflux is a protracted and prolonged illness, and I'm a physiologist rather than a herbalist. On the other hand, however, appreciate my work for you and other readers and do not take my recommendations lightly, otherwise you will find it here on earth, but especially in the world.

I know little about gastroesophageal reflux

Gastro-oesophageal reflux is only a common manifestation that can have different causes: mechanical, nervous, connective tissue degeneration ... Lanzul (lansoprazole) that you take will only reduce your body's ability to produce hydrochloric acid. This is not the kind of therapy. There is no acid in the stomach and other organs, but people with reflux obviously have no choice ...

Such a small pearl has a portal connection to the liver at the esophagus. Esophageal cancer may often metastasize to the liver, and hepatic damage (such as cirrhosis ) can cause esophageal varices . Again, I do not know if your liver is alright and if this link plays a role in your case.

Possible treatment with ginseng and other herbs

Ginseng in your case has a chance to be helpful. If I should believe in traditional Chinese medicine interpretations, ginseng "will ease thirst and heartburn". If I believe today's research, the adaptogenic character of ginseng protects cells from damage and promotes healing processes .

Gensen research is detailed elsewhere, but I do not think I'm a ginseng like that with the hammer that everywhere sees a nail - I did a Breathman's systematic review of herbs to treat "heart heat" and "stomach heat, surplus juices etc.". I know that you do not suffer from your heart , but that reflux is a "heartburn," anglofons call it "heartburn," so bloody if that old Chinese did not do that.

The results of my research

"Heart heat" herbs: p lumula nelumbinis , emen nelumbinis , radix rehmaniae glutinosae , A ngelica sinensis , cinnabarum , ziziphi spinosae , Akebia trifoliata , herba lophatheri gracilis .

Herbal stomach herbs, surplus juice and the like: rhizoma imperatae cylindricae , cortex magnoliae officinalis , concha ostreae , rhizoma zingiberis officinalis recens , sclerotium poriae cocos , mirabilitum , phabitidis seeds ( Phabitis nil or P. purpurea ), raphani sativi , Radix saussureae seu vladimiriae , fructus seu seed amomi , radix trichosanthis , tuber ophiopogonis japonici , radix glehniae littoralis , gypsum , rhizoma phragmitis communis , rhizoma coptidis ( Coptis chinensis ), herba taraxaci mongolici , caulis bambusae in taeniis ( Phyllostachys nigra , Bambusa breviflora or Sinocalamus Beechelyanus ).

Uff, it was a lot of work ...

What now

We see that mineral substances: cinnabarum , concha ostreae , mirabilitum (magnesium sulfate) and gypsum (gypsum) pass through the herbal remedies. While with cinnabarum I recommend not to experiment in any way, the remaining three minerals may have a role as a source of calcium and magnesium (mainly mirabilitum ) and concha ostreae also due to calcium carbonate content also by direct neutralizing effect. In our lands, we have the habit of getting minerals to drink mineral water - buy alkaline with some magnesium ions. Mineral pharmaceuticals are just a matter of principle just to feel the dry-colored color of the TCM.

Herbal Candidate

A heavily-occurring herb, whose health effects I know almost nothing, is a chopped bamboo stem: caulis bambusae in taeniis . In addition, I would have liked to arbitrarily exclude from the circle of our interests even the not quite safe seed of the republic ( Pharbitis nil or, more recently, Ipomoea nil ).

Let's go now to those herbs that are found or have analogues even in our flora. We replace the Mongolian dandelion ( Taraxacum mongolicum ) from our list with our Taraxacum officinalis. It is common to eat a dandelion as a salad, and people should not underestimate it. Wild plants up to weeds in the role of vegetables often outnumber it as "vegetables" mostly grown. This sentence would not be complete if I did not refer to it for Dr. Duke, who still says this about wild plants .

Regarding reed ( Phragmites ), his rabbit is edible - it is also a novelty for me. I have never tried it but can get it or dig up somewhere near the water. I do not know whether it will help or taste, but once again, the rule is that wild vegetables are usually healthier and more nutritious than those grown, grown. Radish seed is easily available and a little tweak.

Eastern herbs - seducek, rehmania, parchment, lotus, cardamom, ginger

I have a personal experience with the japanese sedge ( Ophiopogon japonicum , tuber ) but it is not enough for some assessment. The sedative is well appreciated and used in combination with ginseng for heart problems. The root of the admix rehmaniae glutinosae , especially prepared, is widely used in practice by the TCM. It can be found in the postmenstrual combination together with the aforementioned Chinese heifer ( Angelica sinensis ) and other herbs. Lotus seed (nelumbinis seed) is a nutritious food and is also considered to be a medicine. The extremely bitter lotus embryo ( Plumula nelumbinis ), which is removed because of its bitter seediness from the lotus seeds, is the drug itself with an effect against inflammation and pain. You buy the seeds of cardamom ( fructus seu seed amomi ) in the spice.

Young ginger root ( rhizoma zingiberis officinalis recens ) is available . It is fresh, preferably grated, for meat and soups. Ginger is like garlic - it can not be eaten much, but it is extremely healthy and has antiviral effects. Ginger with its usefulness is approaching ginseng, when it is difficult to name in which all diseases the ginger helps. Even if ginseng does not cure your gastro-oesophageal reflux, it will greatly increase your health and resistance. In addition, garlic consumption can be recommended.

Other candidates

On the table, there are other, mostly Oriental candidates: ziziphi spinosae seeds , Akebia trifoliata , herb lophateri gracilis , rhizoma imperatae cylindricae , cortex magnoliae officinalis , sclerotium poriae cocos , radix saussureae seu vladimiriae , radix trichosanthis , radix glehniae littoralis and rhizoma coptidis . With most of these plants I have little experience. At least three of these candidates, magnolia ( Magnolia officinalis ), Imperata cylindrica and Coptis chinensis , are worth mentioning. Even more attention may be paid to the coconut fungus ( Poria cocos ) and the plant of Saussurea / Vladimiria . Poria cocos , nowadays Wolfiporia extensa , is an extremely interesting sponge that produces woody underground tubers of coconut size. For Saussurea , its most famous species is Saussurea costus , a critically endangered star-like plant from the Himalayas, growing only over 4000 meters above sea level. Saussurea costus fortunately you do not have to look for, because the above recommendation for "gastric surplus" refers to other species of the genus Saussurea and Vladimiria .

Glossy glitter and oesophageal cancer

Beyond the search list, I would also like to turn your attention to the famous sponge glossy sponge . If you would like to have anticancer and adaptogenic effects, you can take a glossy glomerular glomerula at a dose of 0.5-1.5g per day (1-3 capsules).


The information I've found for you is like a door that may be awaiting relief and perhaps nothing is expected. To know, you have to open them - you have to give the effort and the herbs to try to get them. Many of the recommended plants stand at the border between vegetables, spices and medication, so the dosage should be self-regulating and may be somewhat higher. The only exception is a heir, in which you do not exceed a dose of 3g of drug per day (again, according to Dr. Duke).


| 30.8.2010

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