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Traditional Chinese Medicine Modes of Treatment For Acid Reflux and Heartburn

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From time to time, a lot of persons tend to suffer from acid reflux and heartburn. These two conditions can occur when acid from the stomach goes back (reflux) into the esophagus. If you’re suffering from a reflux that keeps on recurring (chronic acid reflux), then you need to see a doctor to determine if any erosions have occurred in your esophagus. An existence of these erosions is a sign of gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD. The treatment for GERD, in traditional Chinese medicine, includes Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. They can also be very helpful in treating chronic cases of heartburn.

Heartburn and chronic digestive upset usually are the result of nervous tension, stress, and poor diet. Acupuncture can balance your nervous system as it is an extremely soothing therapy. The meridians and organ systems that are considered for the treatment of acid reflux and GERD include those associated with the Pancreas, Spleen, Stomach, and Liver. Acupoints linked to these meridians and organ systems are stimulated with slender acupuncture needles to make the digestive system function more efficiently and slow down the production of stomach acid. Acupoints that are known to help relieve stress are also needled in order to heal the nervous system.

Acupoints often used for the treatment of acid ingestion and heartburn include the Pericardium 6, Liver 3, Liver 14, and Ren 12. They can lessen the stuffiness that comes with BERD and relieve stress in the body.

In Chinese medicine terms, chronic heartburn is usually caused by an overreaction of Liver on the Abdomen and Spleen. This leads to the production of inflammation and acidity (Heat). Jia Wei Hsiao Yao San or Free and Easy Wanderer Plus is one of the most commonly used herbal remedy for this disharmony. The formula can potentially alleviate discomfort in the digestive system while at the same time relieve nervous tension, stress and anxiety. Free and Easy Wanderer Plus is another very popular remedy and is often used to treat a slew of health issues all at once, that is, if it is indicated based on the patient’s pulse and tongue signs and symptoms.

Homeopathic nux vomica 200c can be also considered for the treatment of heartburn and acid indigestion. For those open to it, homeopathy can be a powerful therapy especially when combined with herbs and acupuncture.

For those suffering from chronic heartburn, the person’s lifestyle and diet should be taken into consideration. Chronic heartburn can be aggravated by eating difficult-to-digest foods and fatty, rich foods. In treating this condition, Chinese medicine practitioners will recommend avoiding or limiting the intake of dairy and milk products. While it may temporarily ameliorate heartburn symptoms, dairy and milk products can block the digestive system, and cause more problems than they solve. GERD can be aggravated by drinking too much alcohol or coffee. For those who are prone to heartburn, spicy foods can be a problem.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture treatment in Cleveland usually leads to a satisfactory and significant outcome. These treatments can reduce or even cure acid indigestion and heartburn completely. Typically, for best results, a total of four to six sessions once a week are advised.

Written by Valerie

November 8th, 2016 at 5:08 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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