27. September 2018 · Comments Off on Natural Ways Of Treating Acid Reflux · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

In the treatment of acid reflux and Laryngopharyngeal reflux, there are a variety of natural healing approaches to choose from. For most people suffering from frequent GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) disease or acid reflux, non-drug and natural remedies are usually the desired mode of treatment not only for addressing their symptoms, but also to prevent them from recurring.

Listed below are some commonly used natural remedies for acid reflux. However, because every condition is different per individual, bear in mind that not all natural therapies work will the same for everyone who has a reflux problem. So what may work for one person, may not always work for another.

Lower stress levels – This can result in behavior that promotes acid reflux.

Wear loose clothing – Avoid tight pants, belts, corsets, etc.

Avoid smoky environments and quit smoking – Avoid areas where smoking is allowed

Lose extra pounds – If you are obese or overweight

Avoid eating two to three hours before you go to sleep – When sleeping, your shoulders and head should be elevated about three to six inches high than the rest of your body.

Eat smaller portions meals more frequently and do not gulp your food – Chewing your food thoroughly can help improve your digestive process.

Refrain from drinking and eating beverages and foods that activate reflux – This includes alcohol, caffeinated beverages, tomato and citrus products, and fatty and spicy foods.

Drink lots of water – You may not be aware but water is actually one of the easiest and most natural ways to prevent and treat acid reflux. To flush out residue acid of the esophagus and boost digestion, we recommend drinking eight, 8 oz. glasses of water everyday.

Lifestyle modifications – A positive change in lifestyle is usually the first step in the natural treatment of acid reflux. This approach is meant to prevent a sufferer of acid reflux sufferer from exposing their body to the numerous elements that can set of symptoms by weakening the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Lifestyle changes usually vary and are based on the person. It however usually involves eating and taking:

Herbal and food remedies – There are many different herbs, fruits, and other foods that are recommended for soothing and preventing heartburn and other acid reflux symptoms including:

 Bananas
 Ripe papaya fruit
 Apple cider vinegar
 Active Manuka honey
 Lemon balm
 Slippery Elm
 Dandelion root
 Chamomile
 Ginger

Alternative treatment – Common alternative treatments used to remedy acid reflux naturally include:

Natural foods – These are usually eaten raw before, during or after every meal. Herbs are traditionally taken as tea, capsules or eaten in their natural form prior to, during, or post meals.

Homeopathy – This alternative therapy is derived from the Law of Similars. It entails the preparation of natural substances in a specific way. The substances are used in small doses to help restore the health of a sick person, that otherwise would cause sickness to a healthy individual.

Acupuncture – A form of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatment involving the sticking of very fine needles into preselected points into the skin to stimulate the self healing processes of the body in order to heal, relieve pain, and treat symptoms.

Acupressure – A TCM treatment similar to acupuncture except that instead of needles, the knuckles, thumbs, or fingers are used in order to stimulate healing by bearing pressure on specific acupoints.

Remember to follow all recommended doses and directions carefully and to learn whether there are any drug interactions or side effects you should be aware of regardless of what natural remedy you select in the treatment of acid reflux.

While non-drug natural treatments may be truly beneficial in addressing your acid GERD/acid reflux problems, you need to understand that not every natural method will work for every acid reflux sufferer. This is because not every person suffering from acid reflux has the same digestive problem. For example, although digestive catalysts such as ripe papaya can help resolve symptoms of acid reflux caused by too little production of acid; it can worsen symptoms in a person who manufactures too much acid.

Natural therapy may be inadequate for individuals susceptible to GERD/acid reflux due to delayed stomach emptying (gastroparesis), Barrett’s esophagus, hiatal hernia, or peptic ulcer, or another condition, such as asthma or diabetes. Their treatment should be supplemented with other modes of treatment like drugs or even surgery.

Don’t be discouraged knowing what natural treatments will work for you will depend on the process of elimination. In addition, knowing what specific root cause triggers your reflux symptoms will make it easier to determine the best remedies for naturally treating your acid reflux. Therefore, let a health care professional diagnose your condition properly and consult with your doctor for the proper kind of treatment you need.

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27. September 2018 · Comments Off on Moxibustion Treatment For Cold Conditions And For Severe Menstrual Bleeding · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When we think about Chinese medicine, we usually think of acupuncture. But even the Chinese term for acupuncture, “Shen Jiu”, literally means “Acupuncture and Moxibustion”.

In ancient China, it was rare that moxibustion wasn’t used when acupuncture therapy was performed. Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that involves burning of mugwort or moxa plant on certain acupuncture points.

These days, moxibustion therapy is usually combined with acupuncture with great success for diseases ranging from arthritis to bronchial asthma. The leaves of the mugwort plant are dried and burned through various methods.

The Moxa Stick

The most common way moxibustion is administered is to use a ‘moxa stick’ to bring about healing. The dried mugwort is tightly wrapped in paper into a cigar-shaped like stick. The moxa “cigar” can be used in three ways: it’s ‘pecked’ in a manner similar to a sparrow pecking at its food; rotated in circles; or held in one place over an acupuncture point. The practitioner uses his finger next to the acupoint being activated to preserve a pleasant level of heat and to shield the patient from burns by the smoldering moxa.

The practitioner holds the moxa stick about a half an inch from the skin, although this distance depends on the technique of the practitioner. Moxa sticks can be placed on the top of an acupuncture needle that has been inserted in the body or used on their own to activate the acupoint. This combined use of acupuncture therapy and moxibustion definitely boosts the healing power of the therapy.

The Uses of Moxibustion

Moxibustion is oftentimes used to address a yang energy deficiency in the body. Yang is the force that dictates warmth and movement, and yang deficiency leads to cold symptoms. The cold can manifest as coldness in the feet and hands or an overall feeling of coldness in the body. For deficient and weak patients, Chinese medicine practitioners choose moxibustion as main treatment since it literally increases yang energy in the body. A deficiency in Yang energy may also result in loose stools or incontinence, although the practitioner should carefully differentiate these symptoms as they may be caused by other factors.

Moxibustion is also widely known to help turn a breech baby. It is administered for 15 – 20 minutes each day on both feet of the outside edge of the pregnant mother’s little toes. When treatment commences in the 34th week of pregnancy, optimal outcomes are usually attained. Once the baby turns, the therapy should be discontinued. The increase of yang energy results in movement and the use of moxibustion is extended after that, it may result in the baby once again turning back to a breech position. For hundreds of years, it is a common practice for healers to use moxibustion to turn breech babies and since then, its success has been well known.

Other Types of Moxibustion

Heating Needle

The ‘heating needle method is an approach that uses dried mugwort rolled and set on the top end of an acupuncture needle. The mugwort is then set afire and burns slowly similar to a burning stick of incense. The heat moves through the acupuncture needle and penetrates into the body into the energy channel of the acupoint. This distribution of heat in the body is commonly used to instantly treat arthritic pain as well as in alleviating rheumatic pain in the joints and muscles.

Ginger Moxibustion

Another form of moxibustion therapy is called ‘Ginger moxibustion.’ It combines moxibustion’s healing power with that of one of the most popular herbs used in Chinese medicine: ginger. The practitioner cuts a thin slice of ginger, about one to two cm thick, and punctures it with tiny holes. Dried leaves of mugwort are then shaped into a cone the size of a navy bean. The practitioner then places the ginger on the bellybutton of a patient suffering from stomach pain or diarrhea. The cone is placed on the ginger and slowly lit with a flame. The ginger and flaming moxa stay on the belly button until the area turns red and the patient sweats. As the original burning cones are burned up, new cones are added. After five moxa cones are used up, the ginger slice should be changed. Ginger moxibustion can be used for the treatment of ailing joints and for addressing digestive problems.

Direct Moxibustion

Direct moxibustion therapy uses a small grain sized cone of dried moxa directly burned on the skin. To make sure the moxa cone sticks, the practitioner spreads vaseline on the skin and sets the cone aflame with the stick’s burning end almost touching the top of the cone until it catches fire. The practitioner uses tweezers to remove the cone when the heat becomes unbearably hot.

The common application of direct moxibustion is to stop severe menstrual bleeding. For this problem, moxa cones are applied to an acupoint at the corner of the big toe nail. To avoid blistering or scarring the skin, the practitioner only burns 67 percent of the moxa. This method can be repeated with three to five cones per toe. In most cases, direct moxibustion provides relief for patients where Western techniques fail to provide any remedy.

In moxibustion treatment for asthma, the cones are directly burned on the patient’s upper back. The cones are totally burned in order cause certain degrees of scarring for this treatment.

Direct moxibustion, while effective, is very seldom performed in the West since most practitioners prefer to treat specific points in the neck and upper back and areas with moxa sticks using a pecking motion.

Like acupuncture, moxibustion, is a varied and complex technique. Chinese medicine practitioners have a broad array of methods to choose from and will use the best techniques that suit their own style of treatment.

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