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What is a natural treatment for esophageal reflux?

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Aloe vera, parsley, fennel, ginger and low-acid fruits are known to help with esophageal reflux, according to WebMD. Whole-grain breads and cereals, brown rice, low-acid green vegetables and lean proteins, such as egg whites, skinless chicken, and turkey and fish are also helpful choices.

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Studies show that a diet based on low-acid food choices improves acid reflux and heartburn, including foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, cruciferous vegetables, celery and asparagus, reports WebMD. Bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and watermelon contain less acid than other fruits and are safe choices for GERD sufferers. All root vegetables, such as white and red potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and turnips are recommended as low-acid carbohydrate options.

While natural treatments do not reverse the esophageal damage caused by reflux, herbal remedies, such as slippery elm, marshmallow, licorice root and chamomile are known to relieve symptoms of GERD, according to Mayo Clinic. Individuals should consult with their doctor before combining herbs with medications to avoid unsafe interactions. Relaxation therapies that relieve stress, such as meditation, yoga and massage often ease the discomfort of GERD. Evidence exists demonstrating that acupuncture helps individuals who suffer from heartburn, although as of 2015, major studies are lacking. While reflux trigger foods are individualized, some common irritants include caffeine-containing beverages and sweets, alcohol, garlic, onion, and fried foods.

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