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Breaking up with GERD: Understanding the time frame of acid reflux


medically reviewed by Dr Godmi Tresa

Dr. Bhavya

Updated on October 19, 2023

Are you tired of trying all the tips and tricks to escape the burning sensation soon after having your go-to meal? Have you been relying on over-the-counter antacids to find relief from acidity with no luck? You might be suffering from GERD, a condition that occurs when the contents of your stomach flow back to the food pipe resulting in various symptoms that can adversely affect the quality of life of an individual.

Have you ever wondered how long GERD last? No worries! In this blog, you will explore the effective ways to gain control over your digestive health and enjoy your meal time happily ever after.

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Managing GERD: Why Choose Ayurveda and Yoga?

In Ayurveda, GERD/ gastroesophageal reflux disease is primarily associated with the imbalances of Doshas/ bioenergies.

'PITTA' dosha among the three doshas is directly related to gut health as it is the vital energy responsible for governing digestion and metabolism. Therefore, any imbalance in pitta dosha can lead to the vitiation of other doshas and cause symptoms like indigestion, hyperacidity, inflammation and aggravated digestive fire.

In Ayurveda, the treatment principle focuses on balancing the pitta dosha and maintaining an excellent digestive fire - not merely providing symptomatic relief.

The symptoms of GERD, like udgara (belching) and amlapitta (sour regurgitations), are effectively treated through;

  • Certain dietary modifications
  • Maintaining a regular eating schedule
  • Lifestyle modifications 
  • Stress management
  • Practising mindfulness
  • Yoga

How Long Does it Take to Cure Acid Reflux Naturally? - Finding the Timeframe

Understanding the duration is crucial in the treatment process for GERD.

GERD can be categorised as acute or chronic.

  •  Acute GERD presents with acute episodes typically lasting for a short period.
  • Chronic GERD  lasts for an extended duration and keeps reoccurring.

Several factors influence the duration of GERD, such as:


  • Diet
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Patterns
  • Stress levels
  • Underlying health conditions
  • Obesity.

Also, certain other factors can prolong and worsen GERD symptoms :

  • Consuming spicy or acidic foods.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • High levels of stress 
  • Genetic factors 

All of these unhealthy lifestyle practices can contribute to the persistence of GERD.

So how long does it take GERD to heal? Can GERD last for months?

Fear not! The good news is that with successful lifestyle changes and appropriate medications, GERD can heal within eight weeks.

In managing GERD, lifestyle modifications are key to unlocking a healthy gut.

Let’s find out how:

  •  Dietary modifications: avoiding spicy and acidic foods
  •  Healthy weight management: excess weight can pressure the stomach and worsen GERD symptoms.
  •  Stress reduction techniques: meditation or yoga to calm the digestive system.
  •  Medications: conventional medications for acid reflux can help in immediate symptom relief. But, taking these medications for a long time has been proven to cause gut dysbiosis.
  • Surgical interventions: For severe cases of GERD that do not respond to lifestyle changes and medications.

Beat GERD and Unlock Your Healthy Version: AYURVEDA AND YOGA can be the Keys!

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In managing GERD, Ayurveda and yoga offer a holistic approach not limited to symptomatic relief. Instead, Ayurveda emphasises the balance of mind, body, and spirit for overall health and treats the root cause of disease. In the treatment of GERD, Ayurvedic principles suggest

  • Dietary modifications like consuming cooling foods and avoiding spicy, acidic foods alleviate the imbalance of pitta dosha.
  • Herbal remedies like amla, liquorice, and coriander can help soothe the gut and reduce acid reflux.
  • Yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation into your routine - to calm your digestive system and reduce stress.
  • Other stress-reducing techniques that are effective in promoting relaxation.

By embracing Ayurvedic principles and incorporating yoga practices, a holistic approach to GERD management can be adopted, and a balance in your digestive health can be achieved.

The following yoga asanas can be practised to alleviate GERD symptoms:

  • Seated forward bend (Paschimottanasana) 
  • Reclining twist (Jathara Parivartanasana). 
  • The bridge pose (Setu Bandhasana) 

Pranayama, specifically deep breathing exercises, can help calm the mind and relax the body. 

  • The alternate nostril breathing technique (Nadi Shodhana) 
  • The abdominal breathing technique (Diaphragmatic Breathing) 

When incorporating yoga asanas, pranayama, and meditation for GERD relief, it’s essential to practise under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor.

It is essential to plan your personalised modifications and ensure that the practices suit your individual needs. 

What Happens if GERD is Left Untreated?

While GERD can be managed effectively, what will happen if GERD is left untreated or poorly managed? It can lead to potential complications!

  •  Chronic acid reflux can cause inflammation and damage to the oesophagus, paving the way to various gut diseases and even an increased risk of oesophagal cancer.
  • It causes complicated conditions such as esophagitis and Barrett’s oesophagus.
  • Chronic inflammation causes erosion and ulceration of the food pipe, gradually causing its narrowing.
  • In severe cases, GI bleeding is also found. Seeking medical intervention and adhering to treatment plans are crucial for long-term relief and prevention of complications.

The prognosis and duration of GERD are greatly influenced by factors such as lifestyle choices, underlying health conditions, and treatment adherence. 

To manage GERD effectively, it’s essential to make lifestyle and diet modifications, following the prescribed treatment plan - including medications and regular check-ups with a healthcare professional. 


GERD management requires understanding its duration and implementing lifestyle changes like diet, weight management, and stress reduction. Ayurveda and yoga provide holistic approaches with herbal remedies, yoga asanas, and meditation for long-term relief. Seeking professional help for diagnosis and personalised treatment is crucial. Practising yoga and meditation under qualified guidance reduces stress, improves digestion, and promotes a healthier life with GERD relief.

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