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Old 08-22-2006, 09:37 AM   #1
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Manuka Honey

Has anyone ever tried this honey for heartburn and/or reflux? It's expensive and seems to have high reviews.

 
Old 08-23-2006, 01:11 AM   #2
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Re: Manuka Honey

Hi, i have been diagnosed with gastritis from the basis of my symptoms and prescribed nexium tablets. I started taking these last Thursday but also bought some Active Manuka Honey starting this on the Friday. My symptoms have eased considerably but i am not sure whether this is down to the Nexium tablets or the honey or maybe a combination of both.

But i am prepared to keep taking the honey as i have heard and read that it is good for all types of stomach problems.

Really i suppose it is like everything it will help some people but not others but i believe it is worth a try in the hope that it works.

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Old 08-23-2006, 05:44 AM   #3
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Re: Manuka Honey

Shaz, can you tell me if you bought the honey locally or on line?

 
Old 08-23-2006, 06:50 AM   #4
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Re: Manuka Honey

Hi Nanci, I bought the Active Manuka Honey from our local Sainsburys supermarket but i believe you can also get it from good health food shops.

Hope this helps

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Old 08-23-2006, 08:52 AM   #5
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Re: Manuka Honey

Thanks, I called our local health food stores but the only store (Whole Foods) was out - the others never heard of it. So I ordered it on line.

How do you take it - they say to put a tablespoon on a piece of bread four times a day. Does this sound right?

I have chronic gastritis. I'm trying mastica gum right now along with magnesium and digestive enzymes and it's not helping much. I'm going to keep trying until I come up with something that works.

PPI's made me feel worse and OTC meds don't help. After ten years, numerous scopes and doctors telling me that what they see doesn't consitute what I feel, I'm going to try to mange this myself!

 
Old 08-23-2006, 12:09 PM   #6
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Re: Manuka Honey

Hi Nanci, You can take the honey on bread but i have been just taking 4 teaspoons per day on its own about half an hour before eating.

I hope it helps you, that is a long time to suffer your illness. I have only had my gastritis for the last two months and that is bad enough. You must be utterly fed up!!!

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Old 08-23-2006, 02:03 PM   #7
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Re: Manuka Honey

You have no idea - I've been to at 7 doctors over the past ten years and two of them are digestive/gastro specialists. I've had 5 scopes all showing chronic gastritis and nothing else. No GERD. no bacteria, no ulcer.

The burning is constant; hardly ever lets up. I actually hold a pillow to my stomach when I go to bed and I seldom sleep through the night.

One doctor even sent me to a shrink saying it was caused from anxiety. She didn't know what to do with me!

I've tried every PPI on the market; I tried anti-anxiety medication; I tried OTC and herbal remedies.

The closest they came to a reason this is happening is food is not digesting quick enough and therefore lays around and this causes the gastritis.

I'm almost tempted to go back to the doctor I saw six months ago and scream at him that he has to do something. He prescribed Elvail (sp) six months ago saying that taken in small doses, it will relaxe the digestive system. He zeroed in on that because five years ago, a specialist prescribed Librax because he felt that my "stomach tubes" were not opening (or not relaxed) enough for my food to digest. This was the only thing that worked. For six months, it was heaven. But, I became tolerant (or immune) and it stopped working - this is characteristic of anti spasmatic meds. During that time, the doctor had retired. I tried other anti spasmatic meds prescribed by other doctors who concluded that this must be the problem - I have a hyper sensitive stomach. Nothing worked and all these meds did was make me sleepy.

Yeah, I would say I'm a bit fed up, especially where I don't recall how a day spent without burning feels! And doctors ask me if I'm stressed or anxious - well, gee, wouldn't anyone be if they had to deal with this 24/7. Of course it's stressful!

Right now, I'm taking mastic gum; a digestive enzyme and magnesium, suggested from another poster. I've been on this regimin for only a week and it hasn't helped. I'm just going to hand in there and take it for a month. I typicallyl give up after a short time but this time, I'm going to stick it out and see how I feel after a month or so.

Thanks for responding and caring!

 
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