We will go over nutritional therapy, emotions, i.e. stress, some possible dietary changes and of course the acupuncture therapy.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease or(GERD), happens when the lower esophageal sphincter muscle at the end of your esophagus, where the esophagus joins the top of the stomach,
does not close properly. Its function is weak or not happening at all. This allows stomach contents mixed with the stomach acid to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritates it. The person may feel a burning in the chest or throat, called heartburn.
Other things that a person can do to help with this situation while seeking help with acupuncture is to strictly observe a no eating the dinner/supper meal late at night. Finishing the meal NO later than 7pm. This early meal policy will keep people from going to bed on an over-stuffed stomach. Lying down after any huge meal, especially late at night will greatly increase the chances of acid reflux symptoms. Making sure to discontinue eating any greasy fried foods or foods high in saturated fats will help. Also, controlling portion sizes for all meals, but especially at the evening meal will greatly assist one in avoiding chances of a recurring bout of acid reflux. Eating smaller portions for all meals, but increasing the number of meals throughout the day can also help. This will keep the blood sugar levels more even through the day, keeps hunger feelings away better, and the stomach will not feel so stuffed that it wants to reflux its contents back into the esophagus and possibly damage the sphincter muscle.
Hope this information helps your husband and anyone else following this advice.
Jeffrey W. Beimler, L.Ac. MsTCM
Karina Klimtchuk, L.Ac., Doctoral Fellow, E-RYT500, CIAYT
GERD problem is treatable by acupuncture. I had that problem for almost 10 years and when I was a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University, I was treated at the hospital and with no result. Then acupuncture did when I did not believe in it at all. So amazing was the result that it built up my interest in it and eventually went to learn acupuncture. I still remember that so very often my chest pain woke me up in my sleep, and I had to sit up on the bed to let the fluid settle down into the stomach again.
Richard Mandell, Lic.Ac.
Glenn R. Williams, D.C., L.Ac.
Mike Berkley, L.Ac, FABORM.
Dr. Maryam Mansouri, Lac. OMD.
Joy Pattee DeYoung
In general, acupuncture is very successful in treating GIT disease depending on the severity. However, some action is required on your part like following proper diet and lifestyle modifications and such.
Studies have proven the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations (TLESRs). This muscle lets food to move to the stomach. In GERD sufferers, this muscle relaxes at the wrong time, letting acid move into the esophagus and initiating the irritating heartburn.
In the study an acupuncture point on the wrist reduced the frequency of TLESRs by more than 50% in 1 hour. Now that was with just one point. Imagine what a treatment from an experience acupuncturist could do for your husband's GERD.
Yes. Acupuncture helps GERD. I also would check how he deals with stress and check his diet. I believe he will get a lot of benefit from acupuncture treatment.
Hope he is feeling better soon.