I can tell you from my experience. I was diagnosed with GERD about 2 years ago, drs recomended the typical nexium, aciphex, etc... I didn't like the way the were making me feel (bloated, constipated, and in some cases it felt like I was producing more acid). I started seeing a naturopath and going thru diferent alternative paths, one of them which I really think is what's wrong with me is testing for food sensitivities. If I really watch what I eat it is so much easier for me to control the reflux. I also take digestive enzimes (Similase), for a while I took Zinlori 75 which helps with the production of mucus in your stomack or something like that. Take glutamine, slippery elm and aloe on a daily basis to heal the stomach and esophagus lining. I feel a lot better. I have made some lifestyle changes, like having dinner early and raising the head of the bed a few inches. I think they are small sacrifices I must make in order to feel better, rather than taking ppi's which in the long run end up depleting your system of vital nutrients.
I have to say that following this treatment I was able to feel completelly back to normal, but thinking I was cured I went back to my old eating habits and everything came back, that's why I'm doing it all over again, and it has taken time but I'm starting to see results, I feel a lot healthier now. A lot of it also has to do with your mind and telling yourself everything will be ok, just be patient and keep a positive attitude.
I hope this helps you!