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Heartburn is a very unpleasant, burning or painful feeling behind the sternum. It occurs when stomach content flows back into the oesophagus (reflux). The acids that perform important digestive functions in the stomach itself irritate the delicate mucous membrane in the oesophagus. It is thus generally not a case of too much stomach acid, but instead that the acid is in the wrong place. If reflux occurs frequently, inflammation of the oesophagus can occur, and the risk of cellular degeneration also increases over the long term. Heartburn particularly occurs when the lower sphincter of the oesophagus become loose. The composition of the food has a major influence on the tension of the muscle. Fatty and heavily spiced dishes, sweet foots, caffeine and alcohol reduce the tension, while protein-rich meals strengthen muscle tension. Those prone to heartburn should also tend to eat smaller meals, eat in a slow and relaxed way, and possibly lose any excess weight. If heartburn occurs suddenly, causes such as inflammation, protrusions in the oesophagus, stomach ulcers and illnesses of the gall bladder and pancreas should be ruled out diagnostically.

Medicinal mushrooms for heartburn

Hericium possesses a strengthening and protective effect on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and can thus quickly soothe irritated gastric mucosa. What’s more, this medicinal mushroom counteracts inflammatory processes.

Reishi can be used very well to alleviate many inflammatory events. It also has a direct pain-relieving effect and also strengthens the connective tissue, so that, among other things, reflux can be prevented.

Our suggestions about the usage of medicinal mushrooms is no substitute for treatment from a doctor or alternative practitioner. Medications currently being taken or ongoing treatments should not be stopped without first consulting your doctor or alternative practitioner.