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Heartburn

Western Diagnosis

Aptly named, heartburn is the name given to the burning sensation of indigestion in the stomach and/or chest. It often occurs when hydochloric acid, which is used to digest food in the stomach, backs up. This causes the esophagus to become irritated.

Under normal circumstances, the esophageal sphincter closes to prevent the acid from entering the sensitive tissues of the esophagus, but when the sphincter is not functioning properly, acid gets through, into the area. This is called gastroespophageal reflux.

People with hiatal hernia often suffer from heartburn, as do those excessively consuming fatty or fried foods, coffee, alcohol, citrus fruits, chocolate and/or tomato based foods.

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