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Acidity

Also known as heartburn, this condition is very uncomfortable. It may be felt as a burning sensation in the gullet and a bitter taste in the mouth.

As soon as the telltale flicker of heartburn begins, drink a large glass of water. A glass of warm water with a teaspoon of  meadowsweet tincture will help as an antacid.

Marshmallow root is also one of the oldest remedies for heartburn. This plant produces a gooey substance called mucilage that coats and protects the membrane of the oesophagus. Slippery elm as a powder mixed into a paste may also be just what you need if your oesaphagus feels like it is on fire.

Stir a teaspoon of either the marshmallow root or slippery elm powder into a cup of warm water and sip it slowly up to 3 or 4 cups a day.

Do not drink peppermint tea . Peppermint can help to relax the cardiac sphincter (at the top of the stomach) and allow the leakage of acid.

Acorus calamus has traditionally been used as an antacid and helps to strengthen this sphincter. It was much esteemed by the Dutch for stomach complaints and is also used for loss of appetite and gastric ulceration. The Menominee Indians used to use the powder for stomach cramp. The powder or tincture must not be boiled.

With regards to diet - avoid hot spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices, fried and fatty foods, coffee, tea, cola and chocolate. Cut out smoking.

Drink dandelion coffee and eat smaller and more frequent meals.