Acid reflux is caused by a dysfunctional lower esophageal sphincter (LES) at the entrance to the stomach that separates the stomach from the esophagus. Normally, the LES closes as soon as food passes through it. If the LES doesn’t close all the way or if it opens too often, acid produced by your stomach can move up into your esophagus. The physiological cause for acid reflux is a relaxation of LES. It is most likely diet-induced and becomes worse with stress and anxiety.

Clinically, it manifests as a burning, painful sensation just behind the sternum (breastbone), in the esophagus radiating to the throat and jaw. Sometimes it occurs around the area of xiphoid process.

Acupuncture has been used to treat digestive disorders for thousands of years. A recent study (by the American Physiological Society) indicates that stimulation of certain acupuncture points inhibits the esophageal sphincter relaxation by as much as 40%.

Clinic approach

Symptom alleviation – for acute acid reflux or quick symptom alleviation

Clinically I often choose a couple of point on Pericardium meridian (could be Ashi points or acupoints) in conjunction with some corresponding points on scalp. Instant symptom shifting often happens. A woman once reported her years of acid reflux improved 80% after one acupuncture session.

Root treatment – for chronic acid reflux or those who have underlying reasons for acid reflux.

Chances are there is certain imbalance inside their system. Thus acupuncture is used to this end.

Acupuncture for Acid Reflux
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  • 9 March 2013 at 5:23 am
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    Very interesting fact. I’ve tried various remedies that worked really well, but I never knew that acupuncture was good for treating acid reflux. I’ll definitely have to try it out. Thanks for sharing..

    – Adrian

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