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GERD Can Be Treated Naturally and Safely with Acupuncture or Acupressure

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Acupuncture in Austin is defined as the treatment of disease or pain by the intrusion of solid acupuncture needles into specific points on the skin.

Traditional acupuncture (Chinese acupuncture) has been used to address digestive diseases and disorders for over three 3000 years. Practitioners of traditional Chinese acupuncture, insert slender long needles into strategic parts of the body to alter the flow of yin and yang and Qi (vital energy) in order to restore organs to their normal function. The site where a needle is inserted is affiliated with what are known to be the underlying cause(s) of reflux. Acupuncture is not always but very frequently used in combination with Chinese herbal medicine.

Another very closely related treatment is acupressure, a type of acupuncture minus the needles. The mechanism behind this treatment is that by applying pressure to targeted areas and/or organs in the body, the body can heal itself. The Neiguan acupoint or P6 point is very important in the treatment of acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Application of pressure to this point is known to lessen relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter which is what lets acid go back up or reflux to your esophagus. Acupressure to the P6 has been used for thousands of years to alleviate vomiting and nausea and lately, to cure motion sickness. One can use a wrist band (which can be purchased in health food stores) to apply pressure to the wrist. The band has a small plastic button that exerts pressure to the Neiguan point. People can carefully apply this pressure on themselves.

The Neiguan point is situated between 2 tendons on the underside of the wrist. If you hold out your hand and bend it toward you, you can find the P6 in the middle of the wrist about two finger widths from the crease where the arm and hand meet. I should note that when pressure is applied to this point, you should not feel any pain, just a slight numbness. Acupoints are never found on arteries, blood vessels, or bones. They are found between tendons and bones.

In a study published in the Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, on August 2005, it was indicated that when certain acupoints are stimulated, it inhibited the relaxation of the esophageal sphincter by as much as 40%.

Calcium, PPI’s and GERD

The Mayo Clinic has warned that taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for a year or more will inhibit the body’s ability to absorb calcium. If you’ve been taking PPIs for more than a year, you should be evaluated by your doctor. To prevent the loss of calcium, I highly recommend eating lots of fresh vegetables and salads.

A four year study showed that adults who ate lots of foods containing carotenoids, i.e. leafy green veggies, carrots, tomatoes had a greater bone density than those who consumed fewer vegetables. Carotenoids stop stress that’s believe to contribute to age- related bone weakening; therefore, they should be a part of your diet to help protect your bones. They can also assist vitamin D in increasing the growth of bone cells.

Written by Valerie

April 11th, 2017 at 5:12 pm