Medical Applications of Baking Soda
Baking soda has several medical and health applications. It is most commonly ingested in a solution with water to relieve heartburn and acid indigestion. In clinical medicine, it has been used to treat aspirin overdoses and other illnesses. For first aid applications, baking soda can be used to treat scalds while medical attention is pending.
Sodium bicarbonate may be used to treat hyperkalemia, or an elevation of blood potassium levels in the clinical setting. Sodium bicarbonate can be delivered intravenously by medical doctors to raise the pH of blood in cases of acidosis. It may also be used topically as a paste to relieve itching or rash inflammation. One recent medical study even found that baking soda was effective at slowing down advanced kidney disease