Acid reflux – often known as “heartburn” – can cause uncomfortable, burning sensations in the esophagus and throat, and persistent acid reflux attacks can lead to serious, long-term complications. Medications prescribed to decrease stomach acid only address the symptoms, failing to fix the root cause for the many people who suffer from this condition. Because it looks at lifestyle and the whole person, naturopathic medicine is an ideal way to treat acid reflux and prevent it from becoming a chronic disease.
Why Choose Naturopathic Treatment for Acid Reflux?
About 20% of adults suffer from the most frequent and severe form of acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Medications that address chronic acid reflux often fail to treat the problem. Some medications – like antacids – only change their pH scale from acidic to alkaline, which doesn’t impact the food and acid damage caused by the condition. Others like proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine (H2) blockers, turn down the digestive juices. Because of this, medications have a higher chance of suppressing the vital role of stomach acid in the digestive system.
Your stomach acids allow nutrients to be adequately absorbed, and standard medications can cause insufficient nutrient and protein breakdowns, leading to calcium deficiencies and, eventually, osteoporosis. Stomach acids also play a role in preventing infections in the digestive tract, and acid suppression medication doesn’t provide the balance needed for the body to fight off infections from pathogenic bacteria.
Through naturopathic treatment, Dr. Wool can work to eliminate the causes of acid reflux, GERD, and other conditions that affect your digestive system. By avoiding standard medications that worsen the problem, Dr. Wool treats the whole person by looking at all possible causes of acid reflux and then will create a plan to heal each underlying problem.
Dr. Wool’s Gut Repair Plan for Acid Reflux
As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Wool ensures that your gut health is fully treated. He emphasizes simple, natural therapies and will only progress to medications when needed to correct the cause of your acid reflux.
- Assessment: When meeting with Dr. Wool, he will perform a thorough 90-minute intake and exam to assess your current symptoms, medical history, and other factors that affect your gut health.
- Testing for Acid Reflux Causes: Dr. Wool will order and perform a complete wellness blood panel and gastrointestinal specialty tests, including food sensitivity tests, and micronutrient analyses, to uncover underlying issues causing your acid reflux or GERD. In some cases, imaging referrals may also be recommended.
- Overview and Diagnosis: After receiving your test results, Dr. Wool will provide a comprehensive, easy-to-understand review of his findings, diagnose your condition, and recommend a holistic treatment plan.
- Treatment for Acid Reflux: Throughout your recommended treatment plan, Dr. Wool will recommend a personalized combination of herbs, supplements, peptides, and other treatments to help control your acid reflux symptoms long-term and will suggest lifestyle upgrades such as nutritional guidance and stress management techniques
If you struggle to control acid reflux, don’t wait to seek help. Call Dr. Dan Wool’s office in Scottsdale, Arizona, or connect online today to request a free 15-minute in-person or telehealth consultation.