Acid Reflux affects many many people and there’s a common misconception that stomach acid must be low when acid reflux happens. However, most people who come into my practice have low hydrochloric acid, not high. Much of medical literature will talk about high hydrochloric acid, but in my experience, the problem has been low amounts. Stomach secretions are made up of hydrochloric acid, several enzymes, and a mucous coating that protects the lining of your stomach. Hydrochloric acid helps your body to break down, digest, and absorb nutrients such as protein. It also eliminates bacteria and viruses in the stomach, protecting your body from infection. A simple thing you can do for a client is a little test: squeeze half a lemon and drink it. Have a glass of slippery elm, almond milk or cow’s milk handy and continue talking to your client after they chug the lemon juice. (Yes, it’s intense going down the trachea, it’s lemon juice. Add some water if needed.)
Keep talking and if they say “Oh I’m burning!” or something to the like, give them the milk drink to coat it. If after five minutes they say “I think I feel better,” or something to that effect, then they need hydrochloric acid. (The old test was using apple cider vinegar, but I can’t drink vinegar, even salad dressing with too much vinegar is too intense for some.) Then you can move on from there and continue asking questions. How they are eating will affect their digestion and the ability of the stomach to do its job and break down food. Are they chewing or just swallowing? Are they eating slowly without stress?
When you’re stressed, blood moves away from your core and into the periphery of your body, your body will think “it’s not time to eat food, it’s time to run/fight” and the release of stomach acid will be inhibited. Get a thorough breakdown of your client’s eating habits and attitude, it can tell you a lot before even going to the herbs!
Let’s talk about the stomach…and gas. The expulsions of gasses from the body are indicative of fermentation happening. Fermented foods are really popular, but you don’t want to be one! If you’re fermenting, it means the food is actually bubbling up within you and the gasses need to be expelled. One of the issues is too much fluids during meals. Really the only fluid that is acceptable during a meal is red wine. Because red wine is full of enzymes. It improves digestion in reasonable quantities. If you travel in Europe, they don’t serve ice water, they look at you like you’re crazy, and they’re right. My grandmother’s favorite swear word-only swear word was “P-shaw!” which means, “Hot water.”
She would start her day and end her day with a drink of hot water.
If you have cold water with a meal, you’re basically putting out your stomach fire. Ice water is death to the intestines. If you make gravy and you want to separate the fat from the juices, you drop an ice cube in it or put it in the fridge and it separates. And if you drink ice water, it makes the fats push up to the side of your intestine. That separation of fat can cause cancer. So, ice water is bad.
Aromatic herbs reduce gas & cramping
I just returned from The Great Lakes Herb Faire in Michigan. Sat in on Jim Mcdonald’s highly entertaining classes and was reminded to add “Drink aromatic herbs for gas and cramping!” So glad he lived.
It’s important to eat hot food. If you eat predominantly cold food, it’s not good for your digestion. If people are depleted nutritionally, they need at least steamed or warm food. It’s more bio-available. Take care of your stomach and look for the markers of lack of intrinsic factor—don’t know what that is? Take a class with me to find out, buy my book, give me a call, get involved with all that’s happening at Earthsong Herbals, I love sharing this important, life-giving knowledge!
I have been saving client folders for nearly forty years. The drawers were literally bursting like mushrooms with no wiggle room. It three of us two days to go through every file and shred papers where clients had not visited for over ten years.
I was amazed at how many of these people I remembered, and smiled to recall. Not an easy task! Some people I simply had to keep! Noting the changes in my intake form, timeline, and drawings of indications was really fun. Practice evolves and changes as we do.
What a wonderful job being a practicing herbalist is!
After 40 years of working hard and caring for everyone, I AM GOING ON VACATION, and learning how to play.
Rosita Avego, Stratton Semmes, and I are meeting in central Paris to wander aimlessly, arm in arm, getting lost, and not caring.
Life is good!
I will be away from May 5th until the 18th.
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