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Persimmon Punch to Ease Heartburn

Persimmon Punch to Ease Heartburn

Q. Several months ago I heard about a remedy for heartburn that involved a tea made with persimmons. That’s the only ingredient I can remember.

I suffer from acid reflux and I am looking for a natural remedy rather than continuing on heartburn medicine. Could you please send me the recipe for the persimmon tea? I am desperate.

A. We first heard about this remedy from another person struggling to get off acid-suppressing drugs. She took some colleagues out to a Korean restaurant, and they had a cinnamon-ginger-persimmon drink after dinner.

We suspect that the ginger is the most relevant ingredient, although the persimmon (fresh or dried) gives it a unique flavor. The tea contains fresh ginger root, cinnamon sticks and persimmon and is sweetened to taste. You’ll find more details in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies, available in libraries, bookstores and online. You’ll also find many other suggestions for easing heartburn, including almonds, baking soda, broccoli, fennel, ginger pickle, papaya and a low-carb diet.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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