Acid reflux disease affects about 60,000,000 Americans per year. This is a problem in which the acid in the stomach comes back up into the esophagus. Common symptoms include heartburn, acid belching, nausea after eating, stomach fullness and/or bloating, upper abdominal pain and/or discomfort.
Acupuncture is Effective Against Acid Reflux
This study, which was a review of twenty-four different studies, shows that acupuncture is effective against acid reflux. The large study included 3097 patients. The study proved that acupuncture improved quality of life and reduced the symptoms without any serious adverse effects.
Acupuncture and Herbs are more Effective than Ranitidine
A smaller study compared the effect of acupuncture and herbal medicine on acid reflux versus ranitidine (generic Zantac). The patients were also examined with an endoscope to determine the extent of the healing after the two treatment courses. After two treatment courses, acupuncture and herbal medicine was proven much more effective than two courses of treatment of ranitidine.
Acupuncture is more Effective than Herbal Medicine
In this interesting study the researchers did something that we haven’t seen in Chinese research before. They looked at how effective individualized treatment with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine was versus a patent Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese patent herbal medicines are ready-made formulae that can be purchased over the counter without visiting a physician. This is sort of like when a drug has been proven safe enough over time to be taken out of the usual “doctor’s visit-prescription-pharmacy” approach that we’re used to in America. In fact, Ranitidine (Zantac), which was discussed above, was recently given over-the-counter approval.
So, in the study, individualized acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments were compared to the herbal patent medicine for acid reflux. The researchers found that the individualized treatments with acupuncture and herbal medicine were superior to just taking an over-the-counter patent medicine.
Dr. Waltemate Can Help You Eliminate Acid Reflux
If you’re suffering from the bloating, acid belching, regurgitation, nausea, or other discomfort associated with acid reflux, Dr. Waltemate can help. As an acupuncturist and chiropractor he has seen many cases of acid reflux and has had good success treating the problem. Give him a call today at (314) 569-0057 or send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org