Natural remedies: For gastroesophageal reflux disease
Kashish Bhardwaj and Ladli Kishore
The present study is aimed at review on to find out natural remedies from medicinal plants which offer many potential efficacy to treat reflux disease (GERD), transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations (TLESR) and reducing inflammation. Fumaria officinalis (Fumitory-of-the-wall) and Chelidonium majus (Celandine) are potent cholagogues that empirically seem to be helpful. Artemisia asiatica (Asian worm wood) has been shown to reduce GERD related symptoms. Atropa belladonna (belladonna, deadly nightshade) and other anticholinergics are also shown efficacy to treat TLESR. Demulcents, such as Ulmus rubra (Slippery Elm), Alginic acid, Ceratonia siliqua (Carob), Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow), and Aloe vera (Aloe) leaf gel showed to reduce acute symptoms and heal acid-damaged tissues. Inflammation herbal modulators, such as Zingiber officinale (Ginger), Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice, Calendula officinalis (Calendula), Curcuma longa (Turmeric), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) and Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) showed in tissue repair and symptom control. The present study indicated that these medicinal plants be a very useful to treat naturally the GERD with better efficacy.