Acidity is caused when our stomach’s acid i.e. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) have been released with some irregularities or passes onto our small intestine or food pipe. When the protective layer of mucus is lost in stomach inner lining or the acid secretion is increased, the acid acts on the unprotected stomach and duodenum and causes the symptoms of Acidity (Acid Peptic Disease). It is caused by various factors that may or may not be local, the causes of acidity that are caused by our body’s response is local while that caused by some external factor is external.
Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is normally secreted by specialized cells in our stomach in response to food intake. This acid is very crucial for the digestive process to function efficiently. It is an important constituent of digestive juices.
Our stomach and duodenum (the first part of small intestine) is protected from this acid because of the presence of thick mucus layer which is strongly alkaline in nature and is secreted by certain mucus secreting glands of the stomach. Moreover, there are present biochemical substances called Prostaglandins that help the mucus and alkaline substance secretion.There are several herbal remedies for treating acidity. These natural remedies work synergistically, depending on the severity of the acidity symptoms and related factors. Herbal supplements can neutralize the acid and also control the total amount of acid present in the stomach. The natural herbs provide relief from the acidity in a natural way.