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Can an acupuncturist help me with my GERD?

I have been suffering from GERD on and off for the last few years. I am taking medication but the problem still persists. Can an acupuncturist help me out?

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Yes, please refer to the following information:
Chinese herbal medicine is beneficial. It works differently from PPIs or other pharmaceuticals. We had patients become asymptomatic in years.
Yes it can. In chinese medicine it is related to rebellious Qi. Acupuncture and diet change will help
GERD is a very common problem and I have several patients who have found benefits with acupuncture. A comprehensive treatment plan would include acupuncture treatments, as well as dietary and herbal recommendations to sustain your relief between treatments. Please feel free to contact me for further information or to set up an appointment to discuss your specific case.

Julie Simonton
I suggest you schedule a consultation with an Acupuncturist in your area.
I like to tell people that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help anything you'd go to the doctor for. It can be helpful for GERD, but your practitioner would be looking for a root cause of the issue and it may take a few treatments and you may need to return periodically to keep control of it.

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.
As an experienced professional, from my perspective, no matter what the health problem, if people don't try acupuncture, they are doing themselves a disservice. I've successfully treated a number of clients for GERD, all of whom were willing to look at the spirit, mind, and body aspects of what created the imbalance in the first place.
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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.
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GERD is based on opposite flow of (GI) gastric tract movements, and acupuncture is used to balance the energy flow in the whole body, including the GI tract. It helps in several GI tract conditions: GERD, constipation, stomachache, etc.
I have been able to help many patients with their GERD issues, even when they weren't responding well to their current medications. Some cases may need the assistance of herbal supplements, but your symptoms should improve with acupuncture.

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GERD is related to stomach Qi. Acupuncture can control stomach Qi and help to reduce the symptoms of GERD.
In the right hands yes. We treat GERD often at our clinic. Chinese medicine has been used for digestive disorders as far back as 3 AD. Studies has proven that specific acupuncture points have a calming effect that relaxes muscles and promotes digestion.
Yes, acupuncture can help with GERD. I have treated GERD very successfully with the use of acupuncture. Find an acupuncturist in your area. They can definitely help you with this by doing an evaluation to find the root cause of your GERD. The acupuncture physician will ask you questions related to your body's function and overall lifestyle. The acupuncturist will look at your tongue and feel your pulse on both wrists to help formulate a unique diagnosis for you. The acupuncturist will then select appropriate acupuncture points for your treatment. You must be patient with your healing, however, it may take a little time for complete healing, especially if you had this problem for a few years, but you will get relief along the way. Acupuncture is a natural medicine that works by harmonizing the body to allow its healing process.

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With a course of treatment and possibly some herbs, I believe acupuncture can help with your GERD.
Read a recent study about acupuncture's ability to manage and help GERD in our blog post:
Great success with helping rid GERD. We would also discuss diet, stress factors, and other areas to eliminate the problem
Acupuncture is not used to treat western medicine-termed conditions like GERD, but looks at the symptoms that are present and treats those symptoms. For example, digestion moves down the body and acid reflux is a sign of the stomach energy moving in the wrong direction. There are acupuncture points to help the energy in the digestive tract to move down, strengthen the stomach, and calm the stomach. Personally, I would add some supplements, such as aloe and digestive enzymes, to help speed the recovery.
Yes, Acupuncture can defiantly help you out with GERD. But since you have had GERD for few years now, it might take some time to be completely cleared. But after a couple of acupuncture treatments, you should expect significant improvements on your symptom.

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.

Hi, glad to be connected with you.

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.
I have seen amazing results (completely symptom free) with lots of patients who had GERD. Not to mention, the medication you are taking for it has horrible long term side effects and isn't a solution I would personally engage in with my doctor. The prescribing of medication is outside the scope of my practice, and that was not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor to figure out what is best for you....

Absolutely, using herbal therapy, acupuncture and diet therapy, GERD can be managed.
I am sorry you have been suffering with GERD. I know how uncomfortable that can be. I highly suggest you give acupuncture a try. Usually, with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and dietary shifts, GERD can get under control.
Yes, if you are willing to take Chinese medicine, the effect will be better.
Absolutely, it can eliminate the GERD and allow the patient to get off proton pump inhibitors that can shut down digestion.
Hi! Yes acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of Gerd. This is a condition that responds very quickly as soon as the root cause has been determined.
Yes, acupuncture can help your GERD if you find a good acupuncturist.
Absolutely! I treat many patients with this diagnosis. There are many factors that cause and allow the body to continue with these symptoms even after medications. Without an exam, I couldn't be exact on what your cause is, but there are many ways I can help. Dietary changes, acupuncture, and herbs are common treatments.