Q & A section
Suppliers of complementary medicine,
Nutri Centre (now offering their range of products in a number of
larger Tesco stores), are providing laterlife visitors with the
opportunity to ask questions on health issues.
The Q & As are produced by Paul Joseph in conjunction with
the Nutri Centre.
My doctor has confirmed that I am in good health, but I often
get a pain in my chest after eating. Is it heartburn, or
indigestion? And what is the difference between the two?
A: Heartburn is a burning pain in the front of the
chest, behind the breastbone. It is often accompanied by
discomfort when swallowing and also an acidic taste in the mouth
when the sphincter (valve) joining the oesophagus (food pipe)
relaxes when it shouldn’t, or becomes weak.
When this happens, the stomach is not working properly and
allows stomach acid to rise back up into the oesophagus.
Causes include overeating certain foods (fatty, spicy,
caffeine, tomatoes), particularly before bedtime. Alcohol,
smoking, restrictive clothing and excessive weight gain are also
Indigestion is a pain that occurs after eating in the
upper abdomen or chest. It often comes with bloating,
flatulence, belching and nausea. Causes include overeating and
irregular mealtimes, improper chewing of food, stress, anxiety,
alcohol, smoking and certain foods or drinks (fatty, spicy
To prevent both, follow a few simple rules. Eat slowly
and chew properly, sitting upright both during and after eating.
Avoid trigger foods as above, reduce or quit smoking and
drinking, avoid eating late at night. For heartburn, add the
following to the list: sleep with an extra pillow, wear loose
clothing and avoid lying down immediately after eating.
A good product for you to take is 'Ceasefire' by Vitamin
Research. It's formulated with DGL (deglycyrrizinated
licorice) and mastic gum to alleviate ulcers, heartburn,
indigestion and inflammatory bowel conditions. DGL helps to coat
and protect the oesophagus, stomach and intestinal lining.
In a study of 120 patients with dyspepsia, after 4 weeks,
43.3% of those treated with a licorice-based herbal preparation
reported complete relief of symptoms. Other randomised trials
substantiate this effect. Ceasefire's other important
ingredient, mastic gum, has been used for centuries by
traditional healers for stomach upsets, ulcers and heartburn.
Modern research supports its use to restore and maintain proper
gastrointestinal and digestive function.
husband has a rather embarrassing problem for which he does not
want to see the doctor: his libido and 'performance'. Are there
any natural supplements that have a Viagra-like effect?
A: There is a supplement called Ashwa Sx, formulated with
a herb called safed musli, often referred to as 'viagra
without side effects'. It can help to boost libido, sperm and
testosterone. It contains saponins and alkaloids. Two of the key
saponins are hecogenin and stigmasterol, the latter being very
similar in structure to testosterone.
This can consequently occupy the testosterone receptor
sites (doorways to the cells) which can act like an
aphrodisiac. Ashwa Sx also contains gokshur, a herb with a long
history of use in Indian and Chinese medicines. This herb is
valued for its ability to boost testosterone, by increasing
secretion of luteinizing hormone produced by the pituitary gland
which in turn stimulates the testes to produce more
When given to laboratory rats, this herb increased blood
flow to the muscles in the penis. Ashwaganda is also
included in this supplement, a very well-documented aphrodisiac
for improving impotency, stress, infertility and premature
Ceasefire - by Vitamin Research Products
?19.95 for 60
wafers, or ?36.25 for 120
Ashwa Sx -
by Nutrition Herbs
?29.99 for 30
you would like to ask a question, please send an email to
The information above is provided by the Nutri Centre.
Laterlife cannot endorse any information presented and
recommends that you consult your doctor if in doubt about any
medication or health-related matter.
* Please note questions cannot be answered
personally but will be selected for inclusion in future editions
of 'Natural Solutions'