Acid reflux, also known as heartburn, is the consequence of the lower esophageal sphincter either not closing at all or closing inadequately and allowing the acid produced by the stomach to go up into the esophagus. Frequent causes of acid reflux include: the presence of a hiatal hernia, being overweight, and having unhealthy eating habits. Acid reflux can be treated with lifestyle changes such as adopting a healthier style of eating in addition to healthy selection of foods. This acupuncture is also known to provide relief and target at the root cause of acid reflux.
Treatment of the Main Cause
People suffering from GERD often have indigestion together with symptoms such as acid regurgitation and frequent burping. Medications provide some symptomatic relief, but over a time period, it may worsen the patient may experience side effects such as headaches and muscle cramps. Fixing the root cause is the only way to rid the individual of this dilemma. Failure to treat it can result in an increased risk of esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, or chronic coughing. The increasing presence of this disease in the population has led to intensive research to find definite causes for its appearance in addition to possible remedies including acid reflux acupuncture.
The presence of a hiatal hernia causes acid to escape into the esophagus as a result of the upper part of the stomach protruding over the diaphragm. Additionally, malabsorption of food is also known to be a factor of acid reflux. As a result of this, there’s build-up of stomach strain, which causes the opening of the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach. Aging is another element which causes acid reflux. Aging also causes a drop in the production of stomach acid which leads to less efficient digestion. Unhealthy food habits like snacking or eating large or spicy meals near bedtime doesn’t enable the food to digest adequately and also exerts pressure on the diaphragm. While medications help to relieve the immediate effects of acid reflux, they can also result in malabsorption of minerals and vitamins. Furthermore, long term use of antacids may lead to anxiety, panic attack, heart problems and neuropathy.
Treating with Acupuncture
Acupuncture focuses on the roles of the pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, and liver in the digestion of food. A disruption in the function of one of these organs can cause acid reflux and other digestive problems. Acupuncture may also help tone the sphincter muscles between esophagus and stomach. As a result of treatment, you will be able digest food with regular movements of the stomach and gut. Since emotional distress may also upset the digestive routine, the acupuncturist also formulates a therapy program that helps the patient reduce stress and strengthen their digestive function.