Managing heartburn without medications

Heartburn is a symptom that many individuals can identify with experiencing at least once in their lives — the burning and aching in the chest and substernal region often associated with meal consumption. For some, however, this is a chronic state of digestive imbalance, and for these individuals, physicians often prescribe treatments such as antacids, histamine receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors. These medications are used as chronic heartburn is very painful and possible long-term sequelae include malignant (cancerous) changes.