Acupuncture Can Resolve Your Reflux, GERD, or Heartburn
So what is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the art of inserting disposable, thin, metal needles into specific acupuncture points located along meridians, or channels, of the body. The purpose is to regulate and balance the body's Qi (or energy or life force), blood, and defense. When the body is out of balance, you become vulnerable to health problems. Acupuncture points on the channels or meridians are a specific place on the body where qi and blood gather or pass. Various modalities, such as needling, electrical stimulation, moxibustion and tui na massage of these points can be used to regulate the internal functions of the bowels or viscera. The acupuncturist will first diagnose what type of reflux or heartburn you have. Believe it or not but there are many patterns in Chinese Medicine that could cause your heartburn. They will not only ask questions, but observe you, feel your pulse and look at your tongue. The tongue is a map of the body's organs and is very accurate. An acupuncture point prescription will be written depending upon your diagnoses. The following four acupuncture points are some of my favorite and are used for most patterns of Reflux or Heartburn :
*Note: The Ren channel runs up the center line of the torso. The stomach channel runs lateral to the tibia lateral to the center line of the torso.
- Ren 12: This point is located on the mid-line of the abdomen, 4 cun above the umbilicus (a cun is about the width of the thumb at the knuckle). This is a very important point for the stomach, in Chinese Medicine we call it the "Front Mu of the Stomach". This point tonifies the stomach and the spleen, regulates the stomach and resolves dampness.
- Ren 13: This point is on the mid-line of the abdomen, 5 cun above the umbilicus. It subdues "rebellious Qi" which is characterized by hiccups, belching, nausea, vomiting and a feeling of fullness in the tummy.
- Ren 17: This is one of my favorite heartburn points--it just opens everything up. It is located on the anterior mid-line (on the sternum), level with the 4th rib (or intercostal space). It tonifies the Qi of the Chest and regulates the qi in general. It opens the Chest and really helps the diaphragm (great for hiatel hernia or insufficient lactation).
- Stomach 36: This point is located 3 cun below Stomach 35 (which is at the lower border of the patella). This is an UNBELIEVABLE POINT! It has many functions. It tonifies the qi and blood, it it boosts the immunity, it benefits the eyes (blurred vision or poor vision due to aging), it regulates the intestines (constipation), it raises the yang (prolapse), it expels wind and damp (knee or wrist arthritis or pain).
These are only four of the points used in the Chinese Medicine Practitioner's arsenal. There are many more that can be used to more specifically address your particular pattern of Reflux or Heartburn. That's one of the beautiful things about Chinese Medicine. Its not the same prescription for everyone with the same diagnosis. Everyone presents differently so you will get a different acupuncture point prescription.
You don't have to rely on over-the-counter or prescription pharmaceuticals, they don't cure your heartburn or Reflux anyway. Please, get a free download on the side effects of commonly used pharmaceuticals in the treatment of heartburn, GERD, or acid reflux at www.royalcareherbalremedies.com.Â Acupuncture and herbs are extremely successful in resolving this condition. Treatment could take up to 3 months in order to ensure long term change, but is worth it when you consider the side effects of pharmaceutical heartburn remedies.