It’s been said that over 60 million Americans suffer with acid reflux at least once a month. Acid reflux or Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) symptoms  include painful heartburn, acid regurgitation, nausea, and upper abdominal bloating. Complications from heartburn may include esophageal bleeding, pain during swallowing, ulceration and Barrett’s esophagus (a pre-cancerous lining of the esophagus).

Acid reflex symptoms indicate in Chinese Medicine an imbalance in the  Stomach system; mostly caused by stress or  eating the wrong foods that are spicy.  We call this  stomach qi or energy is rebellious  or rising where  stomach acid instead of normally staying in the stomach ascends out into the esophagus. Two common energy imbalances related to acid regurgitation include Stomach Fire and Liver Qi attacking the Stomach. Stomach Fire occurs when too much heat overflows into the Stomach. Liver Qi invading the Stomach (people under a lot of stress) occurs when the Liver energy impairs the Stomach descending function resulting in acid regurgitation.

Western medical treatment for GERD includes calcium tablets (TUMS) and proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Acifex, and Protonix. Long term use of these overly prescribed medications include constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, abdominal pain, dizziness, headaches, nausea, rashes, breast enlargement in men, anemia, and bone loss.

For patients seeking natural relief from GERD, we recommend natural healing with Chinese Medicine that includes relaxing acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbals as well as dietary and lifestyle changes. Lifestyle recommendations such as eliminating tobacco use and alcohol, refraining from eating before bedtime, avoiding fast foods or spicy foods, and avoiding coffee.

 

If you want these effective solutions to your acid reflux issues, please call us for a free 20 min consultation at 713-721-7755.

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