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5 herbs instead of antacids

Written by buy provigil from canada Simon Mills

Contrary to common belief excess acid does not usually lead to digestive problems. The main rationale for using antacids is to protect sensitive surfaces from damage that follows disruption in various other digestive functions. Indeed stomach acid is one of our most important defences: it sterilises and begins the breakdown of foods, so as to protect our immune system and tissues from these foreign materials. We should be very careful in using acid-blocking agents at all. So to use herbs to reduce acid-associated problems, it is wise to understand some of the mechanisms involved.

Treatments for excess stomach acidity are used in the following key problems. (Note that some of the conventional terms are from the USA where they spell Oesophagus without the ‘O’)

I am a Cambridge medical sciences graduate and have been a herbal practitioner in Exeter since 1977. In that time I have led the main professional and trade organizations for herbal medicine in the UK and served on Government and House of Lords committees. I have written standard textbooks used by herbal practitioners around the world, including with Professor Kerry Bone from Australia.

I was involved in academic work for many years, co-founding the University of Exeter pioneering Centre for Complementary Health Studies in 1987 (where we built a complementary research and postgraduate teaching programme from scratch), then at Peninsula the first integrated health course at a UK medical school, and the first Masters degree in herbal medicine in the USA, at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

I am particularly fascinated by the insights we can distill from the millions of intelligent people who over many centuries needed plants to survive. Mostly I want to learn and share the old skills, to experience healing plants as characters, that can help us fend off ill health. My passion for offering people tools to look after themselves and their families has led me to work with the founders of the College of Medicine on pioneering national self care and social prescribing projects. I am now the College Self Care Lead and also Herbal Strategist at Pukka Herbs

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