Herbs for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Yarnell, Eric; Abascal, Kathy
December 2010
Alternative & Complementary Therapies;Dec2010, Vol. 16 Issue 6, p344
Academic Journal
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.


Related Articles

  • NATURAL REMEDIES FOR TUMMY TROUBLES. Lund, Melinda // Today's Dietitian;Sep2013, Vol. 15 Issue 9, p18 

    The article reports that herbs can relieve symptoms in patients with gastrointestinal tract (GI) diseases, and discusses the most common digestive diseases and the herbal remedies that can treat and manage them. These herbs include Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)...

  • MANAGEMENT OF TWO CASES OF DESQUAMATIVE GINGIVITIS WITH CLOBETASOL AND CALENDULA OFFICINALIS GEL.  // Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of Palacky University i;2010, Vol. 154 Issue 4, p335 

    No abstract available.

  • Esophagitis as a cause of infant colic. Berezin, Stuart; Glassman, Mark S. // Clinical Pediatrics;Mar1995, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p158 

    Determines if esophagitis occurs in patients with infant colic. Theories of the etiology of the syndrome; Benefits from treatment for esophagitis.

  • 'Tis the season--for heartburn. Lipman, Marvin M. // Consumer Reports on Health;Dec2007, Vol. 19 Issue 12, p11 

    The article offers information on heartburn diseases including its causes, complications and treatments. The condition is characterized by severe burning sensation experienced under the breastbone. It occurs when the food and drinks swallowed by strong and involuntary contractions of the...

  • Are Esophageal Symptoms Reflux-Related? A Study of Different Scoring Systems in a Cohort of Patients with Heartburn. Johnston, B. T.; Collins, J. S. A.; McFarland, R. J.; Love, H. G. // American Journal of Gastroenterology;Apr1994, Vol. 89 Issue 4, p497 

    Objective: To assess three different methods of correlating symptoms with episodes of acid reflux in gastroesophageal reflux disease. Methods: One hundred and one consecutive patients with heartburn were recruited. Patients were divided into those with and those without endoscopic esophagitis....

  • Successful Elimination of Reflux Symptoms Does Not Insure Adequate Control of Acid Reflux in Patients with Barrett's Esophagus. Katzka, David A.; Castell, Donald O. // American Journal of Gastroenterology;Jul1994, Vol. 89 Issue 7, p989 

    Objective: Patients with Barrett's metaplasia of the esophagus often lack the appropriate amount of heartburn for their severity of gastroesophageal reflux. Therefore, we studied patients with Barrett's metaplasia by prolonged ambulatory pH monitoring after completely suppressing their heartburn...

  • Risk Factors for Erosive Reflux Esophagitis: A Case-Control Study. Avidan, Benjamin; Sonnenberg, Amnon; Schnell, Thomas G.; Sontag, Stephen J. // American Journal of Gastroenterology;Jan2001, Vol. 96 Issue 1, p41 

    OBJECTIVES: It is presently not fully understood which risk factors contribute to the occurrence of reflux esophagitis and how such factors might influence the severity of the disease. The aim of this study was to delineate the clinical epidemiology of erosive reflux esophagitis. METHODS:...

  • Chronic dry cough: Diagnostic and management approaches. Mahashur, Ashok // Lung India;Jan/Feb2015, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p44 

    Cough is the most common symptom for which medical treatment is sought in the outpatient setting. Chronic dry cough poses a great diagnostic and management challenge due to myriad etiologies. Chronic cough has been commonly considered to be caused by gastroesophageal reflux, post-nasal drip or...

  • The cough, that irritating cough.  // New York Amsterdam News;2/12/2009, Vol. 100 Issue 7, p32 

    The article discusses a case of chronic cough caused by reflux esophagitis. Among the actions taken by the patient to cure her condition are consulting several physicians and replacing her old mattress. The patient relates that she occasionally experienced a burning in her chest that radiated to...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics