Ginger for Acid Reflux
Last updated on September 7, 2011
Modern clinical studies have found that ginger tea can be an effective way to reduce acid reflux and heartburn. Traditional herbal medical practices have used this tea since 3000 B.C.
Gingerol’s Volatile Oils
One study found that ginger contains a compound called gingerol, which is made up of many volatile oils that provide therapeutic properties. These oils include borneol, bisabolene, linalool, geranial, camphene, and zingiberone. Gingerol absorbs stomach acid, improves digestion, and relieves nausea.
High Doses of Ginger
If you are using ginger for acid reflux, be cautious about the dosages that you are taking. In the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, it is cautioned that doses of ginger over 6 grams can result in gastric problems and ulcers.
Relaxing the Esophagus Muscles
It has been found that using fresh ginger root can be an effective way to relax the muscles of the esophagus, which in turn can help to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux.
Overall, ginger is a great remedy for a number of digestive conditions. If you have acid reflux, try using ginger on a daily basis to see if it helps you find relief from your symptoms.