As you may know I have had GERD for the last 12 years. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst, I'm a 15. I had a cough, congestion and hoarseness from the beginning that wouldn't go away with any cough syrup or antibiotic. I finally went and had a scope done at an ear, nose and throat specialist and found out that acid was coming up into my throat. Not a good thing. I have been on medication of some kind since. For the most part, my GERD has been under control. For the better part of the last week, I have been having a burning sensation in my throat and my medication times two failed to help. My major trouble is my lower esophagus sphincter is lax so the acid just has a party every chance I give it. I also have a hiatal hernia which gives me other complications. No tomato sauce!
My English Herbal Companion emailed and encouraged me to try homeopathy. She said it does take time, but it works. I thought I really don't have time. I can't have this acid in my throat. I was already biopsied for Barrett's esophagus which could lead to cancer! Not good. I usually don't talk medicinal herbs on this blog. I am not a practiced medicinal herbalist, but I'm sharing my story with you so it may help you. One of my favorite websites is the Mayo Clinic for health information. Well, long story short I went to one of my medicinal herbal books. Yes, I do have them, but I haven't used them as much as others. This may change after the story I am about to share.
Heartburn does not occur in the stomach. It is mostly in the throat. That is because the lower esophageal sphincter doesn't close completely allowing acid back into the throat. That is exactly what I have. So I thought I don't have anything to lose. I might as well try it. First, though I had purchased some ginger root candy (I can't find this candy on the web any longer or I would suggest it for you.) at The Village Herb Shop in Chagrin Falls. I was chewing on a piece every so often and it was helping the symptoms. Not completely but it was helping. Then I made a tea from the root and sipped that and when I completed the tea, my symptoms were gone! I'm not kidding. I have gone back to one pill instead of two. I did see a new GI doctor in the practice where I go and he was impressed. We talked about other herbs Dr. Duke suggested including camomile, dill seed and fennel seed. Because I take blood pressure medicine, I have to be careful about which herbs I use, but he said all of my choices were fine to try. He said we prescribe ginger ale for patients with upset stomachs and he was pleased that this worked so well for me.
And look what came in the mail today. I think there is a message here for me. This is one of the seed catalogs I discussed in my Herb Companion post, Herb Seed Catalogs Mark the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Isn't this the most beautiful cover for an herb catalog you have seen from Mountain Rose Herbs? You don't have to wait for the paper catalog to show up, but I love on the inside it says, "~Our catalogue is best viewed while sipping tea~" Think I'll do that! Very cold here, but we were in the 50's yesterday! A weird and wacky January in the 'Burgh! Talk to you later.