Dyspepsia is a medical term for disturbed digestion but is generally used to describe a burning or acid sensation in the upper abdomen or lower chest that often radiates up the throat. Generally, dyspepsia, also known as heartburn and indigestion, is caused by inflammation in the lower part of the oesophagus , the stomach or duodenum. All these conditions can be precursors to peptic ulcers .
As a rule of thumb, pain occurring after a meal is gastritis, discomfort associated with bending down or lying down is acid reflux or, if occurring 2-3 hours after a meal or around 2.00am in the morning is duodenitis.
It is commonly assumed that the problem is caused by an excessive amount of stomach acid, although the exact opposite may also be true. A paucity of acid prevents food from leaving the stomach because it has not been broken down and this persistence causes an irritation in the stomach lining. Yeast and, more recently discovered, Helicobacter pylori and other bacterial infection may colonize the stomach and cause problems.
Anxiety and tiredness will lead to a tightening of the diaphragm, which may pinch the top part of the stomach and force acid up into the oesophagus .
A persistent or severe dyspepsia should be examined by a doctor to rule out any serious condition.
Recognize and remove any foods that commonly cause problems, specifically alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars.
Persisting problems may require food allergy testing via bioresonance techniques or blood tests. Consult your preferred complementary medical practitioner.
Liquorice root, Aloe vera and slippery elm are all soothing and can be used at the maximum dose recommended on any proprietary product.
Avoid mint or peppermint, despite its effectiveness, because this will render homeopathic treatment useless.
Homeopathic remedies need to be chosen on the symptoms and reference should be made to your preferred homeopathic manual, paying attention to the remedies Aragonite, Carbo vegetans, Calcarea Carbonica and Nux vomica initially.
Calcium carbonate tablets are freely available and should be used, ensuring that they do not contain any aluminium. Only use half or even a quarter of a tablet at a time because this can often be sufficient. 1 Discuss with your holistic health practitioner the use of hydrochloric acid tablets with or without pepsin because low stomach acid may be the cause. I recommend taking a minimal dose before one meal . Slowly increase the frequency to before each meal and then increase the amount over a period of two weeks. Suddenly using a large quantity of hydrochloric acid can create discomfort or worse.