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How did people treat their heartburn before drugs like omeprazole and esomeprazole? These proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are so good at healing stomach ulcers and easing heartburn that doctors often recommend them for any digestive disturbance. There are other ways to calm heartburn, however. One reader reports success drinking spicy green tea to soothe stomachache and heartburn.

Spicy Green Tea for Troublesome Reflux:

Q. My doctor diagnosed my stomachache as acid reflux and gastritis. After being on omeprazole for years, I was determined to get off the drug.

My gastritis worsened when I followed a plant-based diet, until it developed into an ulcer. I quit drinking coffee and began consuming spicy green tea with fresh ginger and fresh turmeric.

One month later I have no ulcer, no gastritis, no acid reflux at all. My joints aren’t as achy, either.

Ginger for Digestive Difficulties:

A. Herbalists recognize ginger for its ability to ease digestive distress (Haniadka et al, Food & Function, June 2013). Chinese practitioners of traditional medicine rely on this common spice. A meta-analysis including 33 clinical trials of a traditional Chinese formula (Wendan) containing ginger found that it alleviates both gastroesophageal reflux disease and reflux gastritis (Ling et al, American Journal of Chinese Medicine, online Aug. 4, 2015). We’re not surprised that making your spicy green tea with fresh ginger would help.

Turmeric Can Also Calm Stomach Irritation:

People treat digestive problems with turmeric less frequently. Research suggests, though, that it acts like acid-suppressing drugs such as cimetidine or ranitidine (Kim et al, Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, Dec. 2005). A water-based extract of turmeric soothed experimentally-induced gastritis in rats (Jeon, et al, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, online Sep. 21, 2015). That suggests it could also help calm your gastritis.

Both turmeric and ginger also have anti-inflammatory activity, which may explain your reduced joint pain. Your spicy green tea sounds like a great idea!

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  1. sheila

    All people. diet wise, have a little of every thing, back in 1939/1945. thats what we had,off ration we had more,because it was available. do not eat this ,that ,other. I cannot keep up with them !!!! Apart from taking the warfarin and blood pressure medication,I have decided to have a little of everything….. love it, makes me feel good when that little butter knob is sliding down my toast.That crispy bacon sandwich on a Sunday,,wow, does my heart good,what contentment,no prescription to collect, just a little common sense and the satisfaction ,not naughty,just nice.If at 78yrs I pop my clogs well I hope its lunch time Sunday. Happy days

  2. Carole

    I agree with all the other comments: can you provide a recipe for the spiced green tea? We all sure would appreciate it, I’m sure.

  3. Laura

    That sounds wonderful. I would love to do that. Please provide your recipe.

    • Terry G
      Durham, NC

      We don’t know what recipe this reader uses, but when we make spicy green tea we cut a piece of peeled ginger root about 1/2″ thick and a similar size piece of peeled turmeric root in a cup to steep for five minutes with green tea. We’d take the tea bag out after about 3 or 3 and a half minutes. Sweeten to taste, though we like it spicy and not sweet.

      Technically, both ginger root and turmeric are rhizomes, not roots. But they are available fresh in the Farmers’ Market this time of the fall. Delish!

  4. Jon B

    I’m on Nexium and doing everything possible to get off of this medication. Nexium seems to treat the GERD condition quite well, but it is all the side effects that concerns me.

  5. Jean
    Lincoln, N

    How do you make spicy green tea?

  6. Toni
    St Louis

    I have never seen fresh turmeric. Would the powder work as well?

  7. Carol

    In order to Make Spicy Green Tea:
    What is the ‘recipe’ per serving? e.g, what is the suggested amount of fresh ginger and of turmeric per 6 or 8 ounces of the green tea, per serving, for making the spicy green tea???

  8. Valerie

    Does the reader have a recipe for his/her spicy green tea with ginger/turmeric that he/she could share? I’d love to try it since I’ve recently started having ulcer troubles.


  9. Judith
    Decatur, GA

    Do you have a recipe for this tea?

  10. Lida

    How many cups of this green tea concoction per day brought about this result? Will ginger root supplements and turmeric supplements have the same results?

  11. Jennifer

    where is the recipe?

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