:: Volume 2, Issue 4 (winter 2012) ::
jiitm 2012, 2(4): 345-352 Back to browse issues page
Heartburn and Reflux: From Traditional Iranian Medicine to Modern Medicine
M Yavari, M Mazaheri, M Borhani, M.R Hajiheidari, M Babaeian, M.A Kamali, M Elsagh, M Avijgan, A.R Ghannadi, P Adibi *
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Gastroesophageal reflux accompanied with heartburn is caused by anatomical factors and dysfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter. In the Traditional Iranian Medicine (TIM), heartburn is mostly called herqat-al me’deh (gastric burn), and three types of underlying causes have been mentioned for it. The first cause is taking hard-to-digest foods, which could be eliminated by life style modification and following nutritional rules. The second cause is presence of raw moisture in the first part of stomach. Maturative and laxative drugs can help these patients. The third cause is a condition in which the yellow bile humor is excessively secreted from the spleen in the upper part of the stomach. Soft drinks are prescribed in such cases. Considering the high frequency of heartburn, it is suggested to carry out clinical trials to evaluate these items in the TIM and to introduce the TIM approaches to physicians in order to improve the treatments for this condition. Finally, some comparisons between these topics in the TIM and traditional Chinese medicine were provided
Keywords: Heartburn; Reflux; Traditional Iranian Medicine; Conventional medicine; Gastric burn; Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Type of Study: Origianal Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2012/10/22

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