Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a backup of stomach acid into the tube that goes from the back of the throat to the stomach. The main sign is a burning feeling in the chest and throat. Food and fluid may also move back up into the back of the throat or mouth.
Medicine and lifestyle changes may help to ease symptoms. Surgery may be done if other methods fail.
People turn to natural treatments to help ease symptoms.
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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 5/26/2020