Regurgitation in human beings can be digestive or circulatory in nature depending upon the organs involved. Digestive regurgitation may be the undigested food returning from the esophagus to the mouth, like the natural process witnessed in birds when feeding their young or the partly digested acidic food returning from the stomach to the mouth, leading to heartburn, a burning throat, and sour taste. Circulatory regurgitation relates to the reversal of blood flow as in aortic, mitral, pulmonic, tricuspid, and valvular regurgitation. This article relates to digestive regurgitation only.
Milk regurgitation due to overfeeding, coughing, or swallowing air is normal is babies. Being a symptom and not a disease, regurgitation generally resolves by itself within few minutes and is differentiated from emesis or vomiting that is painful and not natural. Persistent regurgitation may underline diseases like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal diverticulum or stricture, pyloric stenosis, alcoholic neuropathy, diabetes mellitus, Chagas disease, scleroderma, or abnormal cardiac blood flow.
Treatment options for digestive regurgitation
All systems of medicine have approached regurgitation with their own set of principles that are applied to its effective analysis and treatment. Allopathic treatments for regurgitation include lifestyle modifications, dietary regulations and antacids. Extreme cases are treated with histamine2 blockers, proton pump inhibitors, fundoplication, and radio frequency treatment. Alternative medicine systems offer treatment without any side effects that is curative and not symptomatic. Herbal remedies offer treatment with plants and plant extracts.
Homeopathy addresses the issue at its roots and usually treats with nux vomica, robinia, iris versicolor, phosphorous, and arsenic album. Ayurveda treats with sweetened cold milk, grapes, avocadoes, cherries, melons, triphala along with reduction of hot spicy foods and the practice of yoga. Chinese herbal medicine utilizes ginseng, green tea, astragalus, and ginkgo in a variety of teas, syrups, pills, tinctures, and powders. Acutonic system of healing treats with vibrations occurring from sounds produced with symphonic gongs, tuning forks, bells, drums, rattles, and bowls that are tuned with respect to specific planets.
Numerous other treatment options like acupuncture, iridology, reflexology, aromatherapy, light therapy, Reiki, music therapy, Rolfing, art therapy, meditation and yoga may also be explored. These options aim to create a harmony and balance between the mind, body and soul rather than focusing on a single illness. Due to its offering of a complete solution, these options are rapidly gaining popularity.
Natural remedies for digestive regurgitation
* Controlled Diet. Avoid any of the foods that may cause heartburn like citrus fruits, garlic, onion, spicy foods, carbonated beverages, tobacco, coffee, and alcohol.
* Not lying down immediately after eating. Meals should be taken at least two or three hours earlier before you retire to bed.
* Concentrating on food while eating. Avoid talking, reading, walking or looking around while eating. Pay full attention to the food, its color, texture, flavor, smell, and presentation. Eat in small portions and chew slowly. Drink water in sips between portions of food. Do not drink water for one hour after meal is finished.
* Quitting smoking and alcohol. Do not mix food with wines or other alcohol beverages. Do not smoke as the lower esophageal sphincter may be weakened by nicotine, thereby promoting regurgitation.
* Exercise daily. It removes toxins, increases stamina and promotes healthy living.
Note: This information may not cover all possible claims, uses, actions, precautions, side effects or interactions of regurgitation. It is not intended as medical advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultation with your doctor, who is familiar with your medical situation and your present or past history of regurgitation.