**Acupuncture to Treat Heartburn
--2005 Taiwanese Study showed promise
--Pregnancy Related Heartburn, big relief!
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Acupuncture to Treat Heartburn
The first thing most people think of when they hear Acupuncture is "pain treatment" which is quite accurate - most of the western research on acupuncture's efficacy has been done on acupuncture for pain relief and acupuncture has proven to be quite effective in this area. Acupuncture has the ability to treat a wide range of disorders, however, from neck pain, back pain, abdominal pain, menstrual pain and headaches to menstrual irregularities, injury and surgery recover, anxiety, stress, insomnia, irritable bowel and even heartburn.
Heartburn and GERD affect approximately1/3rd of people in the US according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and a number of medications are often prescribed with hit or miss success. In 2005, a Taiwanese studypublished in the American Journal of Physiology, showed that acupuncture treatment at the point NeiGuan (located in center of the forearm a little below the wrist) showed promise for GERD treatment by measurably decreasing spasm in the lower esophageal sphincter (a common contributor to GERD) by 50%.
Heartburn also commonly plagues women during pregnancy as the uterus grows and presses on the stomach. Acupuncture treatment at the same point mentioned above can be very effective in relieving pregnancy related heartburn in a similar manner and is a safe treatment that cannot harm or adversely affect a pregnancy in any way.
Energetically, heartburn is related to rebellious Qi in the stomach channel and the Chong Mai - an extraordinary meridian involved in pregnancy. When Qi runs through these channels in the wrong direction and combines with heat in particular, heartburn can occur. By redirecting and balancing the Qi in these channels using acupuncture, heartburn can be treated.
Chinese herbs can also be very useful in treating heartburn and different presentations of heartburn can be treated with slightly different Chinese herbal formulas. Here, however, are some common herbal teas that individually or in combination can often present a simple solution to mild heartburn at home:
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