Q. I have a hiatal hernia and terrible problems with acid reflux. I usually take Nexium in the morning, ranitidine before dinner and I use sucralfate as an emergency if the acid reflux breaks through all that. Now I am down to Nexium only and I am planning to phase it out soon since I started using the persimmon punch I read about here.

I used fresh persimmons but I will find dried persimmons soon and keep them on hand. I mix the recommended amount of ingredients in the recipe using fresh persimmons and I leave the persimmons in the container. It takes me about 1 week to use the entire recipe. I drink about 3 or 4 ounces cold three times a day and before bedtime.

I mix the morning dose with “Clear & Natural Metamucil.” One time I overate at dinner and the hiatal hernia trouble kicked in and I threw up. This was purely due to the overeating binge!

I took a sample of the persimmon punch to my doctor and he really liked it. He said he is going to give the recipe to his mother and if it works as well for her as it does for me then he will start giving the recipe to his patients. One more thing: I can now eat what I want, even chocolate, coffee, bananas, orange juice and coffee!

One morning I had a bacon & egg breakfast with buttered toast, orange juice and coffee. Not a hint of a problem! Yeah!

A. The persimmon punch or persimmon tea you refer to also contains ginger, and we suspect that contributes to its power. We are certainly pleased that it is working so well for you. 

There are many other natural approaches to ease acid reflux, from eating a half-dozen almonds after a meal to taking a few bites of banana, chewing sugarless gum or sipping a solution of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). You can learn about all of these, along with fennel, broccoli and more (as well as get recipes for digestive tea, persimmon punch and ginger pickle) in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies.

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  1. GeoMom
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    As long as I keep meal portion small, and abstain from foods that are acidic, I found that drinking the Persimmon-Ginger-Cinnamon Tea 2 to 3 times a day helps to keep GERD (GastroEsophogeal Reflux Disorder), aka heart burn, as well as Gastritis pain, in check. It’s something I need to continue in order to be free from pain. At least my GI system hasn’t been “cured” to the point where I no longer need to take the Persimmon Punch/Tea.
    Also, when I’ve either eaten more than just a little, or eaten an “offending” food that brings on pain, I also take Slippery Elm lozenges to help protect my throat and sometimes DGL Licorice to do the same for my stomach. So far, so good. For myself, I’ve found that I needed to eliminate most raw foods or else suffer with GERD and/or Gastritis. I can’t even drink decaf green tea without feeling as though a hole were burning through my stomach. Dr. Mercola mentioned there is a chiropractic technique to help a hiatal hernia, so I googled and found several YouTube videos showing self-help maneuver to push down the stomach. I am not a big allopathic fan, so I am avoiding pH Impedence tests and endoscopy. Even though perforation is rare, if and when it does occur it can be life-threatening. If results of these tests were to show I needed surgery and/or pharmaceuticals, I would still continue to treat myself naturopathically, so I don’t think the gain of knowing is worth the risk of perforation, infection, or allergic reaction. BTW, I have tried omeprazole and Tagamet, with neither of them doing a great job, however, my bones were in so much pain. Since I already have osteopenia, I decided to discontinue the pharmaceuticals. Anyway, I am grateful for my son telling me about the Persimmon Tea remedy he heard on NPR’s People’s Pharmacy, and will continue making and taking this tea.
    RECIPE:
    Combine 2 quarts of water, ½ cup of thinly sliced fresh ginger and 3 cinnamon sticks. Simmer for ½ hour. Strain the liquid and stir in 1 and ½ cup sugar and 1 cup of sliced dried persimmons. Keep refrigerated. NOTE: I use only 1/2 Cup of Palm Sugar instead of 1-1/2 Cups, as I want to greatly reduce sugar intake. I buy the dried persimmon in a 4-ounce bag at Whole Foods. DOSE: I put an ounce or two of the prepared Persimmon Tea in a cup and add room temperature water. It tastes good and I look forward to it.

  2. ss
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    please share the recipe for “persimmon punch”

  3. jim
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    I have silent acid reflux gerd. I’ve been on all the meds nothing working. Doctor told me to get surgery don’t like that option. Went to anther doctor and he has me on zegerid which is not time released helps a little. I have been dealing with this for 2 years I feel a tightness in my throat and burning sensation. I’m considering links surgery has anyone else been in this situation that can help? thanks jim

  4. Patricia H.
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    I had a friend tell me she eats an apple for reflux, what the heck, I have been eating an apple [small] for six months now and no reflux. I eat it in the evening. My husband started eating an apple at night also about 3 mo. ago and no reflux. What would make this work so much better than meds.?

  5. Marie PIerce
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    Is a tablespoon of vinegar just as effective for heartburn?

  6. BDT
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    Where can I get the instructions for making the punch or tea?

  7. rmh
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    Have been affected by occasional–and drastic–heartburn for years. Was talking to a woman some months ago, and she said aloe juice is the answer–all natural, no manufactured chemicals, no side effects, no interactions. I did what research I could, verified much of what she had told me, and went looking for aloe juice.
    To my great surprise, found it in gallon container, $6.95, at Walmart in the pharmacy heartburn-acid reflux section. Tastes terrible, so flavor it or mix it with other beverage.
    But—it works!! Have not used it long enough to report on long term effects, if any.

  8. RB
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    I would like to try this. What is the recipe?

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