Nexium or Esmeprazole is one of the most common prescription medicines handed out by medical professionals all over the world to treat stomach acid. It is one of the best ways to deal with heartburn associated with stomach problems and it also deals with gastroesophagael issues, but it does come with its fair share of side effects as well. First, let’s take a closer look at what Nexium does and to get a better understanding of what we should be using instead as a natural remedy.
Nexium is in essence a proton pump inhibitor meant to provide relief from any kind of chronic heartburn that is caused by acid reflux disease. It is also highly effective in dealing with an erosive esophagitis and any kind of damage caused to the esophagus by it. It can easily prevent and treat ulcers due to Helicobacter pyroli bacteria that can be caused due to consumption of drugs that deal with inflammation. Many doctors prescribe this medicine to help with the treatment but despite its many advantages and helpful factors, it also comes with its fair share of side effects that can crop up and sometimes they can also get a bit adverse and cause health problems that you might not want to deal with if you tend to have other medical conditions.
One of the best ways to herbally deal with peptic ulcers and GERD is through the use of licorice. It is a natural alternative for Nexium. Not in the state that we are accustomed to having it but in a more natural deglycyrrhizinated form where all of the helpful benefits of this not so liked ‘candy’ that people love to hate. Whenever you buy licorice try to look for the abbreviation DGL on the labels that are included to know if you should be getting it. According to various studies it has been found out that people who took licorice root liquid experienced significant improvements to their ulcer conditions and have been able to recover in a matter of weeks. It can take up to six weeks which is only slightly more than what normal medication offers but not having to deal with side effects is something that is a good tradeoff for the extra time that is needed. There is an herbal formula called Iberogast which is known to contain licorice and can help with GERD symptoms according to research. There are many patients who have claimed that it has led to complete disappearance of ulcer for them in many cases. It is only preliminary research and nothing has been confirmed so far but the results are very promising and it can serve as another natural alternative for Nexium.
Marshmallow is another herb that is known to contain mucilage which can help with ulcers and it is very effective in soothing the mucous membranes of digestive system as well as respiratory systems according to UMHS. It is best consumed with hot or cold tea to allow high levels of effectiveness.