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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

Acupuncture Treatment for GERD is Definitely Worth a Try

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For a lot of people, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is a persistent problem, despite alterations in lifestyle and diet. Drugs may not be that fully effective at treating this disease. Surgery is both extremely invasive and expensive, leaving sufferers to endure the symptoms without relief. To try and get some form of relief, these people may raise their intake of medication bringing about dangerous consequences.

The Risks Involved in Taking PPIs

PPIs or proton pump inhibitors have been proven to cause damage to the ability of the body to absorb calcium and contribute to the development of other health condition such as osteoporosis – bone deterioration. And even if you counteract this effect by raising your intake of carotenoid, there is no denying the fact that PPIs are unsafe when used for extended periods of time. The Mayo Clinic states that people who have been taking PPIs for more over a year should be examined for calcium absorption.

Proton pump inhibitors are the most widely used mode of therapy for GERD, in spite of the fact that not all GERD conditions are associated with stomach acid. The manufacture of stomach acid can be impaired by PPIs but since about 50% of all GERD occurrences are not associated with the production of stomach acid, it is understandable why a lot of GERD patients fail to find relief from those drugs.

What is Acupuncture?

For hundreds of years, acupuncture treatment has been used to heal various ailments. The method stimulates certain points on the body via the insertion of needles. The patient’s illness determines the focal point of treatment. Acupuncture has been used to resolve several types of diseases from intestinal issues to fertility problems

In terms of utilizing specific acupoints on the body, acupressure is the same as acupuncture. The difference between the two is that acupressure does not use needles for treatment. Instead, it uses pressure on the acupoints to bring about treatment and healing and treatment.

Acupuncture for GERD

Since acupuncture strives to treat the whole digestive system, not just the condition, which in this case is GERD, the outcomes are not based on the reason why GERD occurs. This implies that regardless if your GERD is due to a malfunctioning lower esophageal sphincter (LES) or from too much production of stomach acid by the body, acupuncture will always be able to help.

Does Acupuncture Work?

For people who have never experienced homeopathic, natural, or holistic healing, considering a treatment in which needles are involved can be quite challenging. However, there is indeed proof that acupuncture in Boca Raton can help sufferers of GERD.

The Neuroenteric Clinical Research Group conducted a study to determine if acupuncture treatment was more effective at treating GERD compared to the doubling of dosage of PPI inhibitors. In the study, 31 participants who were not improving from PPI medication once a day were grouped into two. One group was administered with acupuncture along with a single dose of PPI and the other group was treated with a second dose of PPIs. The study revealed that the group given acupuncture and a single daily dose experienced greater symptomatic relief compared to the group treated with a double dosage of PPIs.

An Australian study conducted fairly recently took a look at how effective acupuncture was for the treatment of GERD. The researchers exploited a specific acupoint located on the wrist to help induce relaxations of the LES, which is the sphincter that causes GERD when it malfunctions. After LES relaxations have been induced, the researchers applied a current to lessen the frequency of LES relaxations. A 40% decrease in LES relaxations was noted in the study. However, the researchers agreed that more studies need to be done to prove that acupuncture truly works for GERD although this Australian research adds proof to acupuncture’s efficacy in treating GERD.

Acupressure vs. Acupuncture

There has been no study to determine whether acupuncture or acupressure is more effective at treating GERD. Acupressure may be more attractive to people who are wary about the thought of needles being stuck inside their bodies. However, both acupuncture and acupressure may not work for all people.

Is Acupuncture a Good Way to Address GERD?

Since there has been evidence showing acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating GERD, then the treatment should be an option to consider for GERD sufferers who have been taking PPIs for a long time without any success. If you are considering getting acupuncture, just be sure that you seek a qualified and accredited acupuncturist. This treatment can be harmful or dangerous if done improperly.

All in all, so long as you are being treated by a qualified acupuncturist, the treatment’s effects are harmless. You lose nothing apart from your time and money if the treatment does not work. If acupuncture is done safely and professionally, no health problems will arise, unlike PPIs.

Written by Valerie

February 28th, 2017 at 3:18 pm

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