Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter(LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. If the lower esophageal sphincter doesn’t function properly, the acid produced by the stomach can move up to the esophagus.
The most common symptom of acid reflux is usually heartburn but can also include a burning in the back of the throat or a sour taste in the mouth. Acid reflux can be triggered by particular foods/beverages or even eating too fast. Many people, including those who smoke or are pregnant, have a higher likelihood of suffering from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD. Many GERD sufferers find that they need to alter what they eat as well as how they eat.
If left untreated acid reflux can cause bleeding, ulcers and damage to the esophagus and may even require surgery. Those who suffer with GERD usually will turn to medication to help reduce their symptoms but sometimes these medications can not only be expensive but also have bad side effects.
Fortunately, there is acupuncture. Acupuncture is one of the safest, well tolerated and most successful ways to treat acid reflux. Acupuncture and/or herbs help to regulate the digestive system energy back to normal. During the last few decades, numerous studies have been performed to investigate the effects and mechanisms of acupuncture on gastrointestinal motility and patients with functional gastrointestinal diseases. Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can be a safe alternative for inhibiting acid in patients with GERD.
If you live in Virginia Beach or its surrounding areas, Luke Sui, certified acupuncturist and NCCAOM certified Chinese herbalist, will use his expertise to assist you.