TITLE

Herbs for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

AUTHOR(S)
Yarnell, Eric; Abascal, Kathy
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Alternative & Complementary Therapies;Dec2010, Vol. 16 Issue 6, p344
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Herbal medicines offer many potential ways to help people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including by treating the underlying transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations (TLESR), helping relieve symptoms, and reducing inflammation. Fumaria officinalis (fumitory-of-the-wall) and Chelidonium majus (celandine) are two among many cholagogues that empirically seem to be helpful. Another cholagogue, Artemisia asiatica (Asian wormwood), has been shown experimentally to reduce GERDrelated symptoms. Atropa belladonna (belladonna, deadly nightshade) and other anticholinergics may also correct TLESR. Demulcents, such as alginic acid, Ceratonia siliqua (carob), Ulmus rubra (slippery elm), Althaea officinalis (marshmallow), and Aloe vera (aloe) leaf gel can reduce acute symptoms and heal acid-damaged tissues. Inflammation modulators, such as deglycyrrhizinated licorice, Calendula officinalis (calendula), Curcuma longa (turmeric), Zingiber officinale (ginger), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), and Symphytum officinale (comfrey) may also help with tissue repair and symptom control. Herbal medicine has much to offer patients with GERD but more clinical research is needed.
ACCESSION #
56937908

 

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