Recommendation Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum frutescens)"Although a few sources have recommended cayenne pepper as a potential treatment for dyspepsia, gastritis and even peptic ulcers, most modern herbal texts suggest avoiding the herb for persons with these conditions..."
The Condition"...Belching, distension and abdominal sounds often occur in association with abdominal or epigastric pain..."
The Condition"...Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease ( GERD): Incompetent cardiac sphincter, causing backward flow of acid from the stomach up into the esophagus..."
The Condition"...It interferes with the body's ability to absorb certain nutrients, causing weight loss, irregular breakdown of carbohydrates and fats, resistance to insulin, and malfunctions of the immune system..."
The Condition"...Gastric Mucosal Tears: Lacerations in the mucosa of the gastroesophageal junction, where the esophagus passes through the diaphragm, or in the lining of the lower esophagus..." Relationship to Fluoride Toxicity"Studies have shown that ingested fluoride damages gastroduodenal mucosa..."
The Condition"...The upper GI tract consists of the organs where food is initially taken into the body and digestion begins, including the esophagus, stomach, pylorus and duodenum..."
The Condition"...Esophageal Varices: Enlarged veins in the lower esophagus are a common complication of liver cirrhosis..."
The Condition"... Hiatal Hernia: Movement of the upper part of the stomach up into the chest cavity resulting in retention of acid and other stomach contents which can then easily reflux into the lower esophagus..."
The Condition"...Generally caused by repeated vomiting or retching (repetitive contractions of the abdominal muscles), it can cause profuse hemorrhaging..."
The Condition"...Esophageal Stricture: Narrowing of the esophagus due to scar tissue, resulting in difficulty swallowing..."
The Condition"...Hypochlorhydria and achlorhydria: Insufficient stomach acid to sterilize the stomach and start protein digestion..."
Recommendation Hydrochloric Acid (Trial)"Upper digestive symptoms are often due to hydrochloric acid (HCl) or pancreatic insufficiency and it can be difficult to distinguish between the two..."