“I experience pain below the sternum.” “The acid comes all the way up to my throat.” “I can only sleep in a sitting position.”
This or a similar experience is what people report with regard to their chronic heartburn and their excruciating symptoms.
Chronic heartburn restricts one’s quality of life drastically due to the typical reflux symptoms, such as burning or stabbing pain in the stomach area, in the neck or throat, acid belching and reflux of acid foods in the mouth. Even chronic hoarseness can be an indication. Consuming coffee, fruit juices, wine or chocolate often intensifies the complaints.
The strong stomach acid attacks the sensitive mucous membrane of the oesophagus and can lead to inflammation. If untreated for years, it can cause oesophageal cancer.
What is the Vedic medicine point of view on chronic heartburn?