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Cinnamon-Ginger Drink Fights Heartburn

Q. I’m disappointed that you did not mention ginger in your comments on acid reflux. My reflux became really bad when I stopped hormone replacement therapy. Acid suppressing drugs worked great, but after two months I couldn’t stop them without the heartburn recurring.

One night, I took colleagues to dinner at a Korean restaurant. Someone ordered Persimmon Punch, a concentrated cinnamon-ginger drink, for dessert. A few sips later, I felt fantastic.

After one month of adding about 3 tablespoons of the cinnamon-ginger drink to my tea in the morning and at night, my low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels had dropped 30 points, blood sugar dropped 10 points and the heartburn was in control.

This cinnamon-ginger tea has sugar, unfortunately. A simpler alternative is to add a piece of candied ginger to tea. The ginger is amazing for heartburn and the Chinese have used it for centuries for motion sickness. Are there any potential problems with long-term use?

A. We have not seen any studies identifying long-term adverse reactions to ginger. A few studies suggest that components in ginger might have the potential to interact with certain other medications. We’ll be sure to mention it in future discussions of heartburn.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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Please give a recipe for persimmon punch. If other people can get it for free please let us get it for free.

Please give a recipe for the persimmon punch. – ingredients and amounts / percentages of each ingredient . thanks.

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