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By September 16, 2010 - 5:58am

I am so confused as to what to do regarding my diagnosis with LPRD. I am eager to get rid of this aggravating feeling in my throat, asthma symptoms and stop fearing food but all of my doctors are recommending PPI's and there are just so many horrible side effects not to mention the rebound effect after you stop. I don't want to end up on Nexium for life. i saw a naturopath who recommended Licorice, probiotics and a xylitol throat spray. I have also heard about digestive enzymes. I am breastfeeding and have kidney stones so I have to take this into consideration when I chose a method of treatment. Any thoughts???

By HERWriter Guide September 20, 2010 - 1:22pm

Hi rrupp76

Thanks for your post and welcome to our new Ears, Nose and Throat group!

From our Encyclopedia (it's regarding GERD as opposed to LPRD but these tips would also apply):

Lifestyle changes may include:

Keep a food diary of what you eat and what the reaction is. Make gradual changes to your diet and record the results.
Avoid foods that may cause symptoms, such as:
◦High-fat foods
◦Fried foods
◦Spicy foods
◦Onions and garlic
◦Citrus fruits
◦Carbonated drinks


Eat smaller portions.
Allow at least 2-3 hours between meals and lying down.
Lose weight .
If you smoke, quit.
Avoid belts and clothing that are too tight. This may increase pressure on the abdomen.
Elevate head of bed 6-8 inches.

You can read more here : http://www.empowher.com/condition/heartburn-gerd

rrupp76, I have also read that probiotics are a great idea and also licorice.

The Henry Spink Foundation has a list of herbs that can also help. Just remember to talk to your doctor first, as these can also be 'drugs' and can also interfere with other medications (or even foods) you are taking. This is especially important when breastfeeding. Just because some thing is natural, does not mean it's safe.

This can reduce acid production. You can make a drink by putting a teaspoon of meadowsweet into boiling water and letting it stand for five minutes.

This is anti-inflammatory. Chewable lozenges are best for GERD. Liquorice is not suitable long-term or for people with high blood pressure.

Slippery Elm
This protects irritated tissues and helps them to heal. As a powder it can be mixed with water.

This helps poor digestion.

Wild Yam
Anti-inflammatory and gives relief to poor digestion caused by long-term stress.

St John's Wort
This helps with depression, but it is also a pain reliever.

This is calming and helps sleep.

Linden Flowers
Particularly good for treating painful gas or wind.

Below is a list of the remedies usually prescribed by a homeopathic doctor for GERD symptoms. The doctor will also tell you what strength and dosage is needed.

Arsenicum album
This is for burning pain that feels better with warmth.

Carbo vegetalis
This is for bloating and indigestion that is worse when lying down. Also good for flatulence and fatigue.

This is for heartburn.

Nux Vomica
This is for heartburn with cramping and constipation.

Let me know what you think!


September 20, 2010 - 1:22pm

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