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ACUPUNCTURE FOR ACID REFLUX AND INDIGESTION IN NEW YORK

There are many people who suffer from indigestion or acid reflux. Often it takes a while before they even get around to asking their doctor about their options for heartburn relief. Fewer would expect to hear that there is a natural treatment option for indigestion, acupuncture! 

COMPARING INDIGESTION AND HEARTBURN TREATMENT OPTIONS

Indigestion is a catch-all term for symptoms that may include:

  • Bloating
  • Belching
  • Acidic Taste in the mouth
  • Burning feel in upper belly
  • Nausea and vomiting

The symptoms are often caused by dietary choices, but other factors, such as stress can play a role as well. Many of the symptoms are felt when stomach acid escapes into the esophagus. Several medical conditions can play a role in indigestion including:

  • GERD
  • Thyroid disease
  • Inflamed pancreas
  • Stomach infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

 Many medications can also increase symptoms including:

  • Birth control pills
  • Aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Steroid medications
  • Antibiotics

If indigestion, heartburn, or acid reflux is a regular problem, it is likely that certain dietary and lifestyle changes will be recommended, such as cutting back on fatty foods, caffeine, alcohol, and smoking. Some treat symptoms with over the counter antacids, which are not always effective. Those with frequent symptoms sometimes seek out prescription medications, and if they still experience symptoms, they may even consider surgery. When taken over a long period of time, medications can cause problems of their own, leading many to look for a natural heartburn treatment that will allow them to limit or even remove their dependence on medication.

HOW ACUPUNCTURE FOR INDIGESTION WORKS

While eating less fatty, spicy, and acidic food is recommended with traditional Western treatments,  indigestion treatments should address the final problem, that of acid escaping from the stomach into the esophagus through the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) . The main goal of acupuncture for heartburn is to prevent acid escaping into the LES. Acupuncture is a traditional procedure that focuses on helping the body become better balanced by inserting fine needles into acupuncture points.

In addition to controlling stomach acid, acupuncture addresses emotional stress that may be disrupting the body's energy flow. Emotional stress often affects stomach secretion because it stimulates the vagus nerve in the brain. Other organs play a role in digestion as well, including the liver, spleen, pancreas, and gallbladder, and acupuncture treatments aim to address these imbalances as well. 

CONTACT OUR ACUPUNCTURIST, ALIDA VAN HEERDEN, TODAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW SHE CAN HELP YOU WITH HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION

At Manhattan Acupuncture Clinic in New York City, we will work to restore your energy balance, also known as Qi, by placing fine needles into the appropriate places that help to reduce stress, treat and prevent illness, and improve overall health. To learn more about what to expect from acupuncture treatments, contact us at (917) 968-6456 to schedule an appointment!

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