Service Highlight: Acid Reflux
Do you suffer from acid reflux? The Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego treats acid reflux at the root cause — we also help reduce symptoms from medications.
Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it occurs when the liquid content of the stomach backs up into the esophagus. This backflow occurs when the valve between the lower esophageal sphincter fails to close properly, permitting stomach acid and other liquid contents to back up. It is also often referred to as heartburn, though technically, heartburn is just the symptom you feel when acid splashes up and out of the stomach.
Causes of acid reflux include:
- Food Allergies
- Inherited tendency
- Poor Diet
- Trauma to the stomach area
- Valve in esophagus that does not close properly
- Weakness of Stomach Muscles
Untreated, GERD can scar the lining of the esophagus making it hard to swallow. It can also increase the risk of esophageal cancer.
At the Stengler Center, we seek to treat root causes of acid reflux rather than just the symptom. Many acid reflux medications treat only the symptom, and unfortunately, they come with a wide range of adverse side effects, including increased risk for pneumonia, memory problems, protein difficiency and much more.
We offer natural treatments for acid reflux and common sense practices to target root causes and relieve heartburn, addressing things from the food you eat and what time you eat it to integrating nutritional and homeopathic supplements and even aloe. If you would like a consultation to help with heartburn, give us a call!