Natural Treatment for Acid Reflux: Traditional Chinese Medicine
April 07, 2016 at Acupuncture, Food & Nutrition, Herbs & Medicine, Dr. Feleke published:
"According to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes for Health, TCM therapies, such as acupuncture, are useful in the natural treatment for acid reflux and many other digestive disorders, including food allergies, gastritis, ulcers, irritable bowel, and colitis.
Unlike Western medicine which views GERD as having a primary cause, which is similar in all cases, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has many different diagnoses, known as patterns, for this condition. From the TCM perspective, the gallbladder, pancreas, liver, and spleen work to aid the stomach’s digestion. When these organs function improperly the digestive system becomes imbalanced and acid reflux and heartburn occurs.
GERD is also viewed as being caused by emotional stress disrupting the chi, or vital energy flow. Stagnation of chi leads to gastric acid reflux. Emotional stress stimulates one of the cranial nerves which control stomach secretion (the vagus nerve), which leads to an increase in secretion of various gastric fluids as well as stomach muscle contraction.
TCM therapies, such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tai Chi, and Qigong may be used in conjunction in the treatment of GERD. These TCM therapies can help to lower gastric acid, adjust esophageal pressure and balance the functions of the digestive organs."
Acupuncture Alleviates GERD And Heartburn
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