Your practitioner may also prescribe herbal formulas or have dietary or lifestyle advice for you to follow as well. In addition to your medications or even in lieu of your medications this should help with your overall well being. Let your MD know that you are seeing a Licensed Acupuncturist so they can monitor your meds as needed.
Be sure that your practitioner is a Licensed Acupuncturist, not and MD or DC or PT that took some courses, you want someone fully trained.
Yes, acupuncture, but more specifically, herbal medicine can be very effective to greatly reduce the symptoms and reason behind GERD. In Chinese terms, normal movement of stomach chi is downward. When the liver is overheated (via emotion and physical stressors), it can overact on the stomach, leading to rebellious stomach chi and the symptoms of GERD. During my school years, I conducted a double blind study on the effectiveness of Chinese herbs to address GERD versus PPI (Protonix, Prilosec, etc.). Participants who had been taking PPI agreed to suspend use of this drug during the study. They were given either a placebo or the Chinese herbs in capsule form. The Chinese herbs provided consistent relief of GERD symptoms. Over the years, I have refined this formula. Both patients and other practitioners purchase this product and get consistently great results.
Anyone suffering from GERD and not wanting the long-term side effects from Proton Pump Inhibitors should consider Chinese Herbs. You can contact my office to discuss further (805) 450-2891.
Read a recent study about acupuncture's ability to manage and help GERD in our blog post: http://healingwithzen.com/acupuncture-can-help-alleviate-gerd
Yes, there is a very good chance acupuncture can help you. There are specific points used to both reduce the reflux and regulate the esophageal and stomach functions. Additionally, acupuncture can help harmonize other digestive organs, which may be inhibited or negatively affected by the GERD, as well as reduce physical and mental stresses to boost immunity and the body’s overall feel.
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Yes, acupuncture and very, very simple dietary additions can help. I've seen people that have taken Prilosec type of medications for 10 years that were able to completely stop taking the medication. However, the presence of an ulcer complicates the condition.
I have many successful experiences to treat GERD with acupuncture or herbal medicine treatment. For the acupuncture, please see the link below that explains well about the evidence on GERD:
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Jihyuk Park, MD(DKM), MS, L.Ac.