How Can the Cuttlefish Help Your Heartburn, GERD or Reflux?
Move over TUMS! There’s a new game in town.
Chinese Herbs and their formulas are highly sophisticated and synergistic tools used by the Chinese Medicine Practitioner. They are extremely effective in the treatment of Acid Reflux, Heartburn or GERD. Readers will be surprised by the power and energy they embark, particularly when combined with other herbs. Please remember that single herbs are rarely prescribed alone. They are combined with other herbs.
The “Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica” studied in schools today lists 474 herbs, including their variations. They are derived from plants, animals, insects and minerals. Herbs have the ability to enter certain channels or meridians that make up the human body. They can either warm, cool, ascend, descend, disperse, regulate, clear, tonify or sedate. They are also linked to a taste, such as bitter or sweet, and a temperature such as hot, cold or neutral.
One of the Chinese herbs commonly used to resolve heartburn or GERD is called Hai Piao Xiao, or cuttlefish bone. The pharmaceutical name is Os Sepiae seu Sepiellae. The cuttlefish looks a lot like a squid, but its not actually a fish. A cuttlefish is actually a mollusc from the class of cephalopods, which are found in all oceans and includes squids, octopuses, cuttlefish and nautiluses. Cuttlefish are highly intelligent creatures and experts in the art of disguise as they change their color and patterns to suit the environment.
In the Chinese Materia Medica, this herb is salty, astringent, and slightly warm. Of course, its salty because it comes from the ocean. It has the ability to enter the Kidney, Liver and Stomach channels. This herb has many functions, but in this case it controls the acidity of the stomach, acid regurgitation, foul tasting belching and alleviates pain. It can do this because the bones of the cuttlefish are made of calcium carbonate, the active ingredient found in TUMS. The difference is you aren’t getting all the bad stuff that comes with TUMS like sucrose and aluminum. You’re also not going to be using it long term. The idea behind Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture is get to the root of the problem.
Some other interesting functions of this herb are:
- Stops Bleeding and vaginal discharge.
- Can be used topically to stop bleeding due to traumatic injuries, or for chronic, non-healing skin ulcers.
- Retains essence by resolving nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculations and vaginal discharge (this is usually due to a kidney deficiency).
- Can stop chronic diarrhea or dysentary.
Hai Piao Xiao has also been shown, when combined with the correct herbs, to resolve gastric and duodenal ulcers, and bleeding ulcers.
This is only one of the four herbs you will find in Royal Reflux Remedy, a natural herbal treatment derived from the classical Chinese herbal pharmacy of formulas used for hundreds of years. Combined with some changes in diet and lifestyle you can resolve your reflux, heartburn or GERD without pharmaceutical drugs.