Hyperacidity, an excessive production of the digestive acids in the stomach, is often associated with mental or emotional stress, and this aspect of health should be attended to.
The finest herb for hyperacidity is meadowsweet, well named Queen of the Meadow. Infuse 1oz (25g) for twenty minutes in 1 pint (0.5 litre) of boiling water; a teacupful three times daily will help to correct acidity, and an extra dose may be taken at any time. Meadowsweet may be combined with an equal quantity of centaury herb and dandelion root, and 1oz (25g) of the mixed herbs to 1 pint (0.5 litre) prepared by simmering gently for fifteen minutes.
A wine glass full should be taken after meals. Both peppermint tea and chamomile tea are useful. In addition papain tablets (made from the paw-paw fruit) help to neutralize stomach acid, and should be taken with meals. Gerard Papaya tablets include slippery elm and golden seal, both of which are soothing to the stomach and aid digestion.
The diet should be changed to include plenty of alkaline foods – salads, vegetable juices, green vegetables, carrots, and fruits such as sweet apples, grapes and pears. Pineapple contains enzymes which aid digestion, and the juice diluted with an equal quantity of warm water taken an hour after a meal will often give relief.
Refined sugars and starches, sweets, jams, chocolate, alcohol, gooseberries, rhubarb, plums, tomatoes and spinach should all be excluded from the diet.