Acid reflux is a condition we see in practice frequently; thankfully, it responds very well to acupuncture and dietary therapy.
Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid inappropriately flows backward into the esophagus. Most of us will experience this symptom at one time or another in our lifetimes. However, for about 25 to 40 percent of the people in this country, this may become a chronic condition that can dramatically impact their general comfort level. The western medical treatment for GERD is the administration of pharmaceuticals which either neutralize excessive stomach acid or decrease its secretion. In the short term, this can be very useful and for occassional heartburn, relatively safe. On the other hand, over the longer term, side effects can become quite problematic. Antacids are generally composed of calcium; aluminum hydroxide; sodium compounds; and/or magnesium hydroxide. Side effects from these compounds may include:
Michael A. Sassack is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago.