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Many people experience heartburn and acid reflux from time to time. This occurs when acid in the stomach washes back into the esophagus. When this inclination to have heartburn becomes chronic, and your physician finds signs of erosion from the esophagus, this can be a sign of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be extremely helpful in treating GERD and chronic cases of heartburn.

Chronic digestive upset and heartburn are frequently due to poor diet, stress, and nervous tension. Acupuncture is quite soothing and balancing into the nervous system. Specific meridian systems that are treated are the Liver, Stomach, and Spleen-Pancreas.

Points connected to those organs and meridians are utilised to calm down the production of acid and also to create the digestive system function better. Points which are stress-relieving are also included to address and to heal the nervous system.

Commonly used acupuncture points can alleviate the tension and the feeling of stuffiness which are related to GERD.

In conditions of Chinese medication, chronic heartburn is often due to this Liver overacting on the Spleen and Stomach, which may produce Heat (acidity and inflammation). One commonly used formula for this disharmony is Jia Wei Xiao Yao San. This remedy has the potential to alleviate digestive discomfort whilst also treating anxiety, stress, and nervous tension. It is a very commonly used remedy and it can handle a plethora of complaints simultaneously, if the formulation is indicated based on someone’s tongue and pulse.

Another great treatment for acid indigestion and heartburn is homeopathic nux vomica 200c. Homeopathy works nicely in combination with acupuncture and herbs, for people who are open to it.

If you have chronic heartburn, it’s also important to have a look at your diet and lifestyle. Really rich, fatty foods that are hard to digest can aggravate the problem. In Chinese medication, we also suggest lowering your consumption of milk and dairy products.

While milk may temporarily relieve symptoms of heartburn, in the long term we think dairy products clog the digestive tract, and cause more problems than they resolve. Drinking java or an excessive quantity of alcohol may also aggravate GERD. Spicy food may also be a problem for men and women that tend to have a lot of heartburn.

Usually, with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, people see a significant and satisfactory improvement in their inclination to have heartburn and acid reflux in just four to six weekly sessions.