Let me share my story on wholistic medicine and GERD, but please remember wholistic medicine takes TIME and doesn't work as quickly as the typical drugs we're used to!!
about 6 years ago I was diagnosed with GERD and my gastroenterologist put me on Aciphex. My symptoms ran the gamut...nausea, gallbladder pain, IBS, chestpain, sorethroat, throat constiction, horseness...etc.... The Aciphex worked like a dream, for the first year, but alas it did quit working. When I called my gastro. she told me to double-up on my proton-pump inhibitor and she scheduled me for another scope to make sure there were no serious advances to my esophogus. (Just a bit inflammed)
So, instead of hopping on the band-wagon.... I took a deep breathe and reflected to....my first experience of GERD (pre-gastro) and what my body told me intuitively to do...which was to basically fast for 2 days...just a little fruit and raw veggies. My symptoms disappeared.....BUT, I went back to my regular diet and my symptoms grew worse and that is when I had my first scope and gastroenterologist appointment.
Always being interested in heath, especially food... I read every book, magazine, pamlet, and internet site I could on GERD. I just didn't feel taking a second dose of a drug limiting my acid production was such a great thing...as I am 48 and I know the older you get...the less HCL you produce. (other enzymes too) So after many years of experimenting....and to keep my story short..this is what works for me.
1. MOST IMPORTANT lower carbs for at least a week to 15-20 net carbs... if I am under duress ( which usually means I ate a great deal of flour products and white potatoes)
2. Figure the highest amount of carbs you can have...(that took time for me) I can only have about 50 a day.
3. Supplements I take :
A. upon rising I open up two slippery elm capsules (found at health food store) and mix them in with my watered down cup of coffee. ( it soothes the whole digestive track) I also take in whole form 2 at lunch and 2 at dinner.
B.every meal I take food enzymes (except fruit..which I always eat alone)
C. I take 6-8 "green pills" a day (chlorella, kelp, wheatgrass...etc..)
D. If I have to go on antibiotics, when I am finished with the course....I take mass amounts of probiotics.
E. Swedish Bitters 1 TBSP morn and one at night
F. Other supplements I take not necessarily for GERD are salmon oil and natural progesterone
I firmly believe GERD is a "condition" and not a disease. If I reflect back....my symptoms started over 15 years ago and I ignored them or chewed on the carafate pills my Dr. prescribed. Our bodies all react differently..... for example I get GERD with too many carbs and my husband gets Type 2 diabetes....
I am still a work in progress, but I feel my best when following this diet
( as for tomatoes, citrus-fruits, coffee, spicy foods, alcohol etc.... Unless I ate poorly and am experiencing many symptoms ....these food have no effect on me...... : - ) )
Good luck on your natural path.... it is well worth it!