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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06. July 2015 · Comments Off on How Acupuncture Can Help Reduce LES Relaxations and Thus Treat Acid Reflux · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Also known as gastroesophageal reflux, gastric reflux, and heartburn acid reflux is a condition whereby the patient experiences a painful, burning, painful sensation that develops when gastric acid flows back from the abdomen into the esophagus and throat. Normally, the pain is felt in the esophagus behind the breastbone, and radiates to the jaw, neck, and throat.

Other acid reflux symptoms include:

-Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)
-Food regurgitation
-Hoarseness of the voice
-Dental erosion
-Chest pain

Acid Reflux Causes

In terms of physiology, acid reflux is the result of a malfunctioning LES or lower esophageal sphincter that causes food and acid contents in the stomach to flow back into the esophagus. Factors that may cause the LES to malfunction include:

-Inadequate amounts of digestive enzymes in the abdomen
-Peptic ulcers
-Hiatal hernia
-Bending forward
-Certain food triggers
-Overeating and large meals

What is Acupuncture?

Having been practiced in China and other parts of East Asia for thousands of years, acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that requires the utilization of needles on the skin to help the body heal itself from symptoms of disease, injury, and illness.

TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is grounded on the theory that energy pathways known as meridians crisscross all over the body. These meridians convey chi or vital energy throughout the body nourishing tissues with much needed energy. When a blockage develops in a particular meridian, chi flow stagnates or slows down preventing the affected part of the body from receiving the much needed chi it needs to function properly. This results in poor states of mental, emotional, and physical health.

TCM and acupuncture base its practice on the two aspects of chi which is yin and yang energy; when these opposing and yet complementary forces are in balance, the individual experiences good health. An imbalanced yin and yang (specifically when yin energy is lacking) ill health such as emptiness and desperation may be experienced. This compels the sufferer to fill the emptiness inside with an addictive behavior or substance, which may physically show itself as a form of hyperactivity. The hyperactivity, in turn, worsens the addiction, causing even more yin energy to be depleted. This leads to a more and more vicious cycle where yin energy is depleted further, leading to even more strong cravings for the addictive behavior or substance at hand.

How can the symptoms of acid reflux be treated with acupuncture?

Researchers at the University of Adelaide conducted several studies demonstrating how needle stimulation of specific acupoints lowers the amounts of relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter. This is important in the solving of acid reflux problems as it is the LES relaxations that cause the upward regurgitation of stomach acid in the first place.

Acid reflux sufferers can benefit from acupuncture if they find their symptoms worsened by emotional issues, anxiety, and stress. Acupuncture helps relieve the stressors by relaxing and calming the nerves and inducing a deep state of relaxation in the patient.

Acupoints commonly treated for acid reflux conditions

St 36 point – This acupoint is situated about four finger widths just below the patella (kneecap). When it is activated, this point can lessen the stomach chi that prevents the harmonization of the stomach and may be the reason for the occurrence of the reflux.

The Ren 12 point – Situated along the stomach near the Conception meridian on the abdomen, the stimulation of the Ren point can harmonize the abdomen and alleviate digestive stagnation.

The Pc 6 point – Found along on the pericardium meridian, about three finger widths from the crease of the wrist on the forearms, this acupoint’s activation can help alleviate any chest discomfort caused by heartburn as well as relieve nausea. The Pc 6 can also help lower the relaxation times of the LES by 40%.

The number of treatments required to treat acid reflux

In order for acupuncture to relieve acid reflux symptoms, you need to talk to a licensed and qualified TCM practitioner or acupuncturist who can help you out with your condition.

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Bellingham, WA 98225
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08. January 2015 · Comments Off on Stimulating the P6 Point Can Help Lessen Incidences of Acid Reflux · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia were able to show that mild electrical stimulation on the acupoint P6 (Pericardium 6 or the Neiguan point) located in the wrist can help lessen the relaxations on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that are the causes of a gastrointestinal condition known as acid reflux. When this acupoint is stimulated with acupressure or acupuncture needles combined with mild electrical impulses, it can help regulate the function of the LES. The study showed that the stimulation lowered TLESRs or transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations by as much as 40%, from six each hour, to only a couple and a half each hour. The results of acupuncture couple with mild electrical impulse were much better compared to that of the placebo group, in which people in that group were given a mock stimulation on the hip.

Acupressure, like acupuncture, is a component of traditional Chinese medicine but is different than acupuncture because instead of needles, it uses the hands to apply pressure on an acupuncture point. Stimulation of an acupoint by electricity is an updated form of traditional acupuncture, which has been used for thousands of years.

By applying pressure to the acupuncture points charted by ancient traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners, certain ailments in organs and areas of the body can be effectively treated utilizing the meridian system corresponding to Yin energy. This helps bring about the proper alignment of Qi and Yang that in turn, causes the body to heal itself.

The Australian study used a modern form of acupoint stimulation used by traditional acupuncturists but this time instead of needles, electrodes were used to transmit mild electrical pulses to certain specific acupuncture points on the skin. Based on TCM theory, these acupoints are connected to energetic thoroughfares that convey energy all over the body. The stimulation of these acupoints helps improve the flow of energy in the affected part of the body.

With acupressure, you can also bear pressure on the Neuguan point using just your fingers. Acupuncture points are often located between ligaments, tendons and bones. You cannot find them on the arteries, blood vessels or on the bones themselves but always in the depressions between or beside them. For thousands of years, the Neiguan point has been chosen by both acupuncturists and acupressurists alike to treat postsurgical nausea, morning sickness, sea sickness, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. It has also been an effective acupoint for the treatment of migraines, chest pain, epilepsy, fever and insomnia. These days, some people are using wrist bands known as “sea bands” that also apply pressure on the Neiguan point to help reduce the episodes of acid reflux.


Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.