Ways to treat acid reflux without medicine include changing a person's lifestyle and undergoing relaxation therapy, according to Healthline. Quitting smoking and losing weight are some of the best lifestyle changes to make to treat acid reflux without medicine, as well as avoiding foods that trigger the condition, such as alcohol, citrus fruits, spicy foods and fried foods. Also, relaxation therapy is effective in reducing the occurrence of acid reflux, as stress can trigger the condition.
Acupuncture is another treatment option that some people have found effective, according to Healthline. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicinal technique that uses needles to rebalance the flow of energy in a person's body and stimulate healing. However, research into the effectiveness of acupuncture is still in its first stages, as of 2015.
Another nonmedicinal treatment includes melatonin, according to Healthline. While this hormone is commonly associated with sleep and is produced by the pineal gland, 500 times as much resides in the intestinal tract. This is because most melatonin is made in the stomach, intestines and colon. Some studies suggest that melatonin stimulates this part of the body, which may have a positive effect on acid reflux symptoms.
Finally, peppermint oil has been shown to speed up the process of emptying the stomach, states Healthline. Some types of acid reflux are related to a slower emptying of the stomach, so the theory is that peppermint oil can help with this type of reflux. However, research is still ongoing, and the supplement may make symptoms worse for some people.