Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 38: Esophageal Disorders (continued)

KEY POINTS Lifestyle modifications help ameliorate esophageal symptoms in a vast number of cases. In addition to general diet recommendations for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), they can also be made patient-specific, depending upon the patient’s symptom triggers. Psychological therapies may be of benefit for patients with GERD and noncardiac chest pain. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Until the late 18th and early 19th centuries, most symptoms of possible GERD and peptic ulcer disease (PUD) were lumped into the entity of dyspepsia or indigestion. Some of these treatments have stood…