I just found this news article. I hope it proves to be helpful for your heartburn woes. An article out of Northwestern University state:
Debate on health benefits of tea still brewing
BY ALEXANDRA ARKIN
FEB 18, 2011
Regularly drinking green tea could protect people from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as well as cancer, according to a study completed by scientists at Newcastle University, located in northeast England.
Other herbal teas are also good for health and wellness. “Drinking tea in a relaxed environment affects not only the body but also the mind and spirit,” Fulop said. Tea can have a placebo effect, calming the nervous system and the body.
Lavender and chamomile teas are good for relaxing, and chamomile, mint, and ginger teas help digestion. Mint and ginger teas help regulate the immune system.
Ginger tea is excellent for cramps, as well as cold and flu symptoms. Fulop recommends drinking it while taking a hot bath, and wrapping up in a blanket to sweat out an illness.
Ginger tea helps with heartburn and nausea related to motion sickness or chemotherapy. Seidman said cancer patients often drink it and suck on ginger lozenges to fight the side effects of chemotherapy.
Fulop said that herbal stores can make combination teas with multiple herbs to help one or more health problems. For example, recovering drug addicts sometimes drink a chamomile and oat straw tea, which calms the nervous system. Adding lemon balm adds flavor in addition to helping calm the nervous system.
Yuan agreed that mixing different herbs together combines their effects and flavors.
Doctors and herbalists agree that tea should not be the only remedy someone uses for an illness. Seidman, as an integrative medicine practitioner, believes it is important to take advantage of both conventional and alternative medicine.
Fulop agreed that tea should never be a substitute for any medication. Patients should work with a practitioner to determine what herbs may work for their illnesses, and communicate with doctors if their symptoms change and they need to adjust their medications.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers teas safe. Herbalists agree that they have few side effects, but still recommend caution. Fulop said some herbs are toxic to the liver. “People need to be aware of what they’re doing if they’re going to make their own teas (with herbs they collect themselves),” she said.
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So there you go. As it states teas may not be a cure but hopefully it can help curb some of your problems.
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