Barbara mentioned Dr Oz on TV. Did you see the several episodes in 2015 and 16 where he recommended DGL for Acid Reflux and GERD? These are Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice root tablets. Hence the name DGL. They are made from licorice root extract that have certain acids removed, that might be associated with high blood pressure and diabetes. To use them, put one or two in your mouth before eating, or when you have reflux problems, and allow them to dissolve in your mouth. When you swallow, Dr Oz said they cause a mucus lining to coat the esophagus and stomach lining. This protects the tissues, and allows healing.
I have been using DGL for a year now. It is mild, not unpleasant, does not taste like licorice candy, and relieves the symptoms. If I get a real bad session, I may grab a calcium antacid for quick relief, but I have not resorted to my prescriptions that have the side effects of weakening bones. I find one of my friends has been taking those for years, and in the past 6 years, he has been in the hospital three times for broken bones. The worst was when he went to have a physical test, they gave him a urine sample bottle, and he could not get the cap off, he walked out of the bathroom to get assistance, slipped on the polished floor, and broke bones in seven places. Last week he went to the local Food Max, lost his balance backwards when he stepped up to the curb, and broke a collarbone. No way am I taking those prescriptions. My activities are too important to me.
My wife has a choking problem when swallowing food. I finally got her to take DGL before eating, and she has had few stuck food problems.
We get our DGL from a local health food shop, The brand is Planetary Herbals. They also have carried Enzymatic Therapy brand. Both work. But larger stores may carry additional brands. We do not find it in Big Box stores. And no, we are not associated with the stores, companies, or products in any way.