NATURAL HERBAL REMEDIES FOR HYPER ACIDITY

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The stomach normally secretes acid that is essential in the digestive process. This acid helps in breaking down the food during digestion. When there is excess production of acid by the gastric glands of the stomach, it results in the condition known as acidity. More names for acidity are hyper acidity or acid dyspepsia. Acid reflux or Acidity is one of the most normal diseases that cause heart burns in the upper body. The acid solution that splashes up into the esophagus causes inflammation, irritation and scarring, which can narrow the circumference of the esophagus. Dyspepsia, heartburn and the formation of ulcers are some of the symptoms. Other Symptoms include hoarseness, food getting stuck, burning, irritation, nausea, coughing, wheezing, asthma symptoms and eroded tooth enamel. It also increases your odds of esophageal cancer. Some causes of acidity include Alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, citrus, tomato, fried and fatty foods, over-eating, stress, some medications, and being overweight. But it’s not a hopeless situation some simple natural remedies can be used to treat stomach acidity. Here are some of the best natural herbal remedies to try for the occasional bout of hyper acidity.
NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR HYPER ACIDITY

Basil Leaves
Basil (Tulsi/Niyaz boo) Leaves stimulates the stomach to produce more mucous and has potent anti-ulcer properties. It also reduces the effect of peptic acids in the stomach thereby preventing excessive acidity. Basil leaves has compounds that make it an effective digestive agent and also reduce gas formation. Simply eat fresh five to six basil leaves or 1 tbs dried leaves after your meal to get instant relief. You can also boil three to five fresh basil leaves or 1 tbs dried leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes and sweeten this basil tea with honey. Sip it frequently.
Fennel /Aniseed
Fennel /Aniseed (Saunf) Rich in volatile oils containing flavanoids, plamitic acid and many others, it is known to have very potent anti-ulcer properties Apart from that fennel acts as a coolant for the lining of the stomach helping it heal faster and thus provides relief from acidity. Soak one teaspoon of aniseed in one cup of boiled water overnight. In the morning, strain the water, add a teaspoon of honey to it and sip it at least three times during the day.
Cumin Seeds
Cumin seeds (Sufed Zeera) can also be used to treat acidity as cumin works as a great acid neutralizer. Cumin seeds have a calming effect on irritated stomach nerves and helps in healing ulcers formed due to acid secretion. It has properties that stimulate the production of saliva which helps in better digestion, improves metabolism and relieves gas and other gastric troubles. Boil one teaspoon of Cumin seeds in a cup of water, strain it and then drink the water after your meal. One can either chew on 3 gm raw Cumin seeds to relieve acidity or slightly crush some roasted cumin seeds or stir it into a glass of water. Drink it after every meal for 2 consecutive days.
Cloves
Chewing and swallowing one Clove and one Cardamom is a great way to stop indigestion and instant relief from acidity, gas and nausea. Or just chew 1-2 cloves thoroughly and keep it in the mouth so that the juices are released into your system. The slowly escaping juice will immediately lower acid reflux and give you some relief. Cloves can help alleviate acidity and dispel gas due to their carminative effect that increases hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Contrary to the popular belief, acidity can be caused due to low stomach acid too.
Cardamom
Cardamom (Elaichi) is known to stimulate digestion and relieve people of stomach spasms. It soothes the mucous lining of the stomach helping it ward off the effects of excess acid produced in the stomach. Due to its sweet taste and slight cooling effect it also relieves the burning sensation associated with acidity.  To relieve acidity crush two pods of cardamom (with or without the skin), boil the powder in water and drink the cooled juice for instant relief. To cure usual acidity chews 1-2 Cardamom after every meal. It is better to avoid constipation.
Mint /Peppermint leaves
Mint leaves (pudina) have been used for ages as a mouth freshener and an effective digestive agent. Mint has amazing properties that make it just the medicine to treat acidity. It also lowers the acid content of the stomach and improves digestion. Plus its cool effect helps to reduce the pain and burning associated with acid reflux. If you feel an attack coming on chop 7-9 mint leaves, add them to a pot of boiling water and drink this water after it cools. Or steep 1 ½ teaspoons of dried Peppermint in a cup of hot water for 2-3 minutes you can drink it hot or cold. Peppermint oil soothes intestinal muscle spasms and helps prevent nausea. Take one to two capsules containing 2 mL (1 tsp.) of oil three times a day between meals.
Ginger
Ginger is justifiably famous for setting stomach upset and improving digestion. The anti-inflammatory properties in ginger help treat acidity. Ginger juice can also neutralize stomach acids. Ginger protects your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion thereby reducing the effect of the acid on the stomach. During acidity just chew a slice of fresh ginger. If you find that too pungent, you can also put 1 tsp fresh chopped Ginger in a cup of boiling water, let it steep for a few minutes and then drink it. Even a teaspoonful of Ginger juice taken two to three times a day can provide relief from acidity.
Emblica goose berry
Emblica goose berry (Amla) helps in healing the injured stomach lining and oesophagus. Have one teaspoon of goose berry powder twice a day to help keep acidity way.
Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera juice extracted from the aloe Vera plant can reduce inflammation in the esophagus and heal stomach ulcers. Just make sure that the aloe Vera is created for internal consumption. Drink two ounces of unprocessed Aloe Vera juice daily.
Camomile
Camomile is an age-old treatment for indigestion. It calms the stomach and soothes the intestinal tract. Chamomile tea can relieve stress and prevent acid build up in the stomach. Drink a few cups of the tea during the day or take the tincture up to three times a day.
Slippery elm
Slippery Elm Tea is excellent for soothing the esophagus. It covers the mucus membranes of the esophagus with a protective coat that relieves inflammation caused by acid. Simmer 1 tsp of dried Slippery Elm in a cup of water strain add honey to taste.
Slippery Elm and Chamomile tea is also a very effective remedy for hyperacidity. A paste made from slippery elm should be mixed into chamomile tea and consume in small amounts for best results. You can also take the herbal supplement slippery elm in capsule, powder or lozenge form, as it soothes the irritated tissues of the digestive tract.
Cinnamon
Cinnamon helps calm and soothe the stomach. Cinnamon’s healing and anti-viral properties can also help you get rid of acidity. Plus, it works as a natural antacid and helps improve digestive health. You can also add cinnamon powder to your soup or salad to enjoy its medicinal properties. Simmer 1 tsp crushed Cinnamon in 3 cups of water for 5 minutes strain and add Honey to taste and drink thrice a day.
Licorice
The herb Licorice has long been used as a healing remedy for various ailments such as respiratory trouble and sore throat. Licorice root may also encourage healing of damaged areas in the stomach lining and esophagus caused by hyperacidity. ½ tsp of Licorice herb powder in a cup of water or milk should be drunk once in a week to treat hyperacidity. This will help to alleviate burning and pain in the chest and throat. Licorice has natural stomach healing properties. Eating a lot of licorice, however, can also have serious side effects like high blood pressure, so look for DGL licorice. (It does not contain the potentially dangerous glycyrrhizic acid.) DGL (deglycyrrizinated licorice) sold in health-food stores in chewable tablets or powder. Chewing a couple of tablets or taking a half-teaspoon of the powder in water as often as it takes to get relief from ingestion and stomach upset.
Chamomile
Chamomile, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, is a natural remedy for digestive conditions. Hernias in the abdominal region may lead to acid reflux. The herb chamomile helps to soothe the lining of the digestive tract and reduces the production of stomach acids. It also helps to soothe esophageal lining. Drink a cup of chamomile tea up to four times a day, between meals.
Mustard
Any kind of mustard will neutralize the acid in your stomach. Take a spoonful of mustard and let it slide slowly down your throat, coating it (don't swallow it quickly). You'll feel immediate relief.
Chebulic Marobolan
One of the most powerful herbal remedies is taking ½ tsp Chebulic Marobolan (Hareer) powder after each meals .The most effective and natural way without any side effects
Mango Tree Leaves
Make a juice of fresh leaves of Mango tree is and add sugar candy to taste. This juice should be given once every day before going to bed in the night.
Curry Leaf
Decoction of Curry Leaf is wonderful natural option for reducing acidity and controlling it. Curry Leaf juice (2-4 teaspoon) should be given every day for better digestion and to control acidity.
Milk Thistle
This herb is an excellent herbal remedy for treating hyperacidity and related symptoms. More popular as a liver tonic, milk thistle has the active ingredient of silymarin, which can repair the damage cause by hyperacidity and other toxins.
Flax seeds
Boil a few spoons of Flax seeds/linen seeds (Alsi) in 1 litre of water and then drink half a glass twice a day. Flax seeds concoction can relieve stress and prevent acid build up in the stomach.

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