Acid reflux is a very common problem in the United States, affecting ten percent of Americans on a weekly basis. Reflux happens when a valve (called the lower esophageal sphincter or LES) malfunctions, allowing food and acid to return to the esophagus. This can cause burning pain in the chest (heartburn), coughing, difficulty breathing, a sour taste, regurgitation, and pain in the upper abdomen. Over time, reflux can damage the lining of the esophagus, and has also been linked to an increased risk of esophageal cancer. This means that treating reflux is very important.
Because reflux is such a widespread problem, there are a number of treatment options available. Most cases are relieved with simple diet and lifestyle changes. More severe cases often require medication, and sometimes surgery is necessary. However, traditional medicine is falling out of favor for a number of reasons, making natural and alternative therapies more appealing. One of the more popular natural treatments for this condition is Aloe Vera acid reflux therapy.
Most people are already aware of the soothing benefits of aloe when it comes to burns. However, it is becoming more popular as a way to treat a number of gastrointestinal problems. Aloe Vera acid reflux treatment can be pursued with the use of aloe supplements or juice. Many people choose juice, as it provides quicker relief (though many complain of the bitter taste). Juice can be diluted in water or a non-citrus juice, but it is not necessary.
Aloe Vera acid reflux treatment works by covering the esophagus with a protective coating. It is also believed to repair the function of the LES as well as any damage caused to the esophagus. Those who have used aloe vera to treat their reflux find it most helpful when taken two or three times a day. If drinking juice, these doses can be small- about what fits in a shot glass. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may experience relief in as little as three days. Most people who benefit from this therapy only need to take aloe vera for a brief period of time for long-lasting results. Using aloe to treat your reflux can be very effective, but make sure to talk to your doctor first as not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment.