How This Helps

Painful sensation in the throat or the chest can follow when the patient is suffering from acid reflux or heartburn. A person who is suffering from acid reflux has tried so many treatments to get through the issue. Over the counter medicines, a different diet and specific lifestyle changes can help a person to decrease and eliminate the rounds of acid reflux. [1]

Ginger for acid reflux can be a helpful remedy to ease the symptoms. Apart from being a kitchen ingredient, ginger is an integral part of Chinese and Indian medicine too. The anti-inflammatory property of ginger can help an individual to deal with a heartburn or acid reflux.

What Is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux or heartburn is a prevalent problem among people of any age. When the muscle that connects the esophagus and the stomach, known and lower esophageal sphincter fails to do its job, the person can have acid reflux. 

Usually, the muscles open up to help the eaten food to pass through it and reach the stomach. When the muscle tissue becomes weak for some reason, there is a chance of acid reflux. It happens mainly when the sphincter is relaxing too much. During the period, the stomach acid flows back to the food pipe. [2]

The stomach acid is an irritant component, and because of that, when the food pipe receives the flow of that acid, it gets inflamed and causes discomfort. Acid reflux or heartburn is a common yet chronic health problem and is responsible for the health disorder known as gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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What Are the Symptoms of Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a highly uncomfortable health condition, but it is treatable. The burning sensation that takes place in the region of the chest and behind the chest bone is the most common symptom of acid reflux is t. The feeling at times can extend to the lower end of the rib cage to the neck and van last for a few hours.[1]

Other symptoms may include:

The feeling of tightness in the chest or upper abdomen

Backflow of sour fluid to the mouth from the stomach

Nausea

The sour, bitter taste inside the mouth

Sore throat

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Is Ginger Good for Acid Reflux?

Can ginger heal heartburn?

Most of the foods can worsen the condition of then acid reflux. Ginger is full of antioxidants and medicinal benefits. It has phenolic compounds present in it, which are said to lessen gastric contractions and for relieving gastrointestinal irritation, which means that consumption of ginger can send the acid flow back to the esophagus from the food pipe.[4]

Ginger is also useful in reducing the inflammation caused by the acid movement. For such use in the acid reflux, the Ayurveda also uses the perennial herb in many of their medicines. 

Taking 2 to 4 gm of ginger root can help the patient to deal with the situation. 

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Studies in Ginger for acid reflux

What Researches Say About Ginger for Acid Reflux

The ginger rhizome contains three major active elements: 6-gingerol, 6-shogaol, and 6-paradol.


1) Though ginger can aid in acid reflux, the amount of consumption must be limited. Excess use of ginger in any form can hurt the health condition. Primarily the researchers could establish the working abilities of ginger for nausea reduction. 

The medical basis for the usage of ginger in treating acid reflux is yet to get established, and investigations are still going one for finding the medicinal properties of the herb.[3]


2. Effects on the gastrointestinal tract

The active elements of ginger are reported to stimulate digestion, absorption, relieve constipation, and flatulence by increasing muscular action in the gastrointestinal tract. The efficacy of ginger (940 mg) in motion illness was compared to that of dimenhydrinate (100 mg) in 18 male and 18 female college students, who were rated as having an intense or very higher susceptibility to motion sickness.[7]


The analysis concluded that ginger was superior to dimenhydrinate in preventing motion sickness. Ginger management (1g) before optional gynecologic laparoscopy was also shown to be effective in preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting. The effect of ginger was comparable to that observed with 100 mg metoclopramide. [7]


3. Additionally, a double-blind study in 27 pregnant women suffering from morning sickness demonstrated that oral administration of 250 mg of powdered ginger four times per day over four days significantly reduced symptoms of nausea and vomiting. [7]

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How to use ginger to treat acid reflux

How to Consume Ginger for Acid Reflux

The amount of consumption must be adequate. Whereas the patients need to intake a certain amount of ginger, they must not exceed the safe amount of eating too. While cooking, ginger is peeled, grated, and sliced or diced for use. Ginger is a herb, and it has its flavor. There are many creative ways of adding ginger to your diet.

Ginger Tea for acid reflux: Caffeine-free ginger tea can help the patient suffering from acid reflux. The patient can also choose to add a little honey as a natural sweetener along with the ginger tea. Using natural ginger is better while using that as a remedy. Most of the ginger teas available in the market may contain caffeine.

Is Ginger Tea Good for Acid Reflux?

For the anti-inflammatory property of ginger, ginger tea can benefit gastronomical irritation or acid reflux. It may reduce the symptoms of heartburn. 


Gingerale for Acid reflux: Ginger ale is widely available in the market. It is a sweetened beverage made from the underground stem of ginger. The first step of forming the ale is to make the ginger syrup with ginger, water, and sugar. Other flavors are also used based on personal preferences. After this step, the syrup is carbonated like other soft drinks. [5]

Does Gingerale help in acid reflux?

Gingerale is an old remedy for acid reflux. Though it contains very less or no natural ginger, the quantity of ginger extract it contains is enough for consumption. 


Other forms of Ginger for Acid Reflux

Ginger Powder: That is a dried and powdered form of the herb. Though ginger powders are widely available in the market, it can also be sun-dried and powdered to make it a powder form. 

 Ginger Pulp: Ginger pulp is another consumable form of ginger. Fresh gingers can be grated to make one teaspoon of pulp, and the patient can consume that immediately after eating. [6]

The patient can either take the regular or recommended dosage of ginger at once or can even divide the intake into several dosages.



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Side effects of ginger for acid reflux

Risks of Using Ginger for Acid Reflux

There are not many side effects of ginger when people choose to stay in the recommended dosage only. Most of the time, when the patients decide to overdo the daily dosage, there may be a chance of overdosing.

Overdosing of ginger at any form may cause gas or bloat. Taking more than four gms of ginger during acid reflux is not suggestible in 24 hours. 

Exceeding the recommended amount may cause added heartburn instead of relief.

The intake of ginger can be combined with other methods of acid reflux treatment. But people need to be sure about the ingredients of other medications they are taking. If the medicines have ginger as their key ingredient, the patients must not prefer taking ginger any further in any form. 

Once one starts taking ginger for treating acid reflux, it is suggested keeping the doctors updated regarding the consumption. One needs to be very sure that other prescriptions being followed must not contain any such element which can be reactive with ginger. 

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Summary

Ginger naturally soothes the gut and can lower the production of stomach acid. Caffeine-free ginger tea, with a little honey added as a sweetener, is the best way to consume ginger tea for an individual with reflux. Ginger ale is not likely to help, since it's carbonated and might contain caffeine. Most commercial ginger ale sodas also don't contain enough ginger to have an effect. 

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References

1. Endoscopic Approaches for the Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, 369-376, Nabi Z, Reddy DN

2. Prevalence and natural history of gastroesophageal reflux, page 779-783, Campanozzi A, Boccia G, Pensabene L

3. Ginger: An ethnomedical, chemical and pharmacological review. Page 159-190, Afzal M, Al-Hadidi D,

4. Influence of dietary ginger, Indian J Exp Biol, 2000, 604-606, Ahmed R. S, Seth V, Banerjee B. D

5. Effectiveness of ginger for the prevention of nausea and vomiting after gynecological laparoscopy.2006, Page 2003-2009, Apariman S, Ratchanon S

6. Effectiveness of ginger in alleviating mild-to-moderate nausea and vomiting, 2005, page 1-3, Bryer E

7. Physiological and pharmaceutical effects of Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) as a valuable medicinal plant Jalal Bayati Zadeh1 and Nasroallah Moradi Kor*2 http://www.imedpub.com/articles/physiological-and-pharmaceutical-effects-of-ginger-zingiber-officinale-roscoeas-a-valuable-medicinal-plant.pdf


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