conditions heartburn



Condition:Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
ICD-10 Codes:R12

Naturopathic Treatments

• exercise
weight loss - obesity is a risk factor
• establish meal time routine - conditions the LES

Aggravating factors
• over-eating
• tobacco
• spicy foods (e.g. cayenne, ginger, fennel)
• lying down, post-prandial snooze

• increase soluble fiber - helps protect the mucosa
• elimination diet - eosinophilic esophagitis is often misdiagnosed as GERD

gentian (Gentiana lutea)
- increases LES tone but increase HCl & may aggravate ulcer, gastritis, etc.
marshmallow (Althea officinalis) - demulcent
slippery elm (Ulmus rubra) - demulcent
chamomile tea (Matricaria recutita) - decrease inflammation, increase healing
American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium)

• deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)
• digestive enzymes
calcium carbonate - antacid

• more effective than doubling PPI

Conventional Treatments

• proton pump inhibitors
- omeprazole
- lansoprazole
- dexlansoprazole
- esomeprazole
- pantoprazole
- rabeprazole
• H2 blockers
- cimetidine
• surgery

Signs & Symptoms

Typical symptoms
• epigastric pain
• indigestion
• dysphagia
• acid regurgitation
• sour taste
• bloating
• belching

• dry chronic cough
• dental erosions
• odynophagia
• chest pain
• anemia


peptic ulcer
• duodenal ulcer
• unstable angina
• ischemic heart disease
• esophagitis
• esophageal cancer
• biliary tract disease (gallstones)
• hiatal hernia
• gastritis


• relaxed lower esophageal sphincter
• delayed gastric emptying
• hyperchlorhydria
• food sensitivites
• medications
• alcohol
• tobacco


• based on ss/sxs and having r/o other potential disorders
• may have history of esophagitis
• can use diagnostic testing
• often normal respiratory and chest examination
• may have epigastric pain with abdominal exam


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