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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Acid Reflux

My name is Louis Gordon and I am an acupuncturist. I practice acupuncture from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic in Middle Ridge, Toowoomba, 4350, Queensland, Australia. Just as fresh clean water bubbling up from a natural well is vital to sustain life … my WELLNESS information will help YOU to sustain a healthy vibrant life beaming with optimal wellness. Call for more information on (07) 4636 6100.

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Acupuncture MAY Assist with the Symptoms of Acid Reflux 

Whilst many acid reflux patients benefit from conventional medicine treatment, many opt to use Acupuncture to treat their symptoms. Please read on for more information.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is also commonly referred to as heartburn, gastric reflux and gastroesophageal reflux. It’s felt as a burning, painful sensation that occurs when gastric acid backflows from the stomach into the throat. The pain is normally located just behind the breastbone, in the esophagus and often radiates to the throat, neck and jaw.

Others symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Dental erosion
  • Asthma
  • Hoarseness of the voice
  • Food regurgitation
  • Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing)

 Causes of Acid Reflux

Physiologically speaking, acid reflux is caused by a dysfunctional lower esophageal sphincter in the stomach that allows acid to backflow into the esophagus. Whilst science is still deciding, there are a number of reasons thought to cause the sphincter to be faulty in the first place. Some of these include:

  • Pregnancy.
  • Large meals and overeating.
  • Certain food triggers.
  • Bending forward.
  • Hiatus hernia.
  • Peptic Ulcers.
  • Insufficient amounts of digestive enzymes in the stomach.
  • Smoking.
  • Alcohol.
  • Asthma.
  • Constipation.

 What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is ancient Chinese practice that employs the use of needles on the skin to restore the body from symptoms of illness, injury and disease.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is founded on the principle that energy channels (meridians) run all over the body nourishing tissues with energy. When blocked, the energy is obstructed and prevented from nourishing the tissues, which may result in poor states of physical, emotional and mental health.

Acupuncture and TCM involve the principles of yin and yang energy (Qi), which in a healthy individual are balanced. When the Qi is out of balance with deficient yin energy, feelings of desperation and emptiness can result. This can lead a person attempting to fill the ‘void’ with an addictive substance or behavior, which may manifest physically as a kind of hyperactivity. This hyperactivity then exacerbates the abuse, depleting yin energy even further, increasingly creating more and more of a desperation for the addictive substance or behavior at hand.

How does acupuncture assist with symptomatic relief of acid reflux?

Studies from the University of Adelaide have demonstrated that needle stimulation of certain acupuncture points on the wrist reduces frequency of the ‘relaxations’ of the muscle band that lines the esophageal-stomach passage. This is significant to the fight against acid reflux as it is the ‘relaxation’ of this muscle band that allows acid to regurgitate up into the esophagus in the first place.

Acupuncture may also benefit acid reflux patients who find their symptoms are brought on or worsened by stress, anxiety and emotional issues. Acupuncture works to relieve the body of these stressors by helping to calm the nerves, thus inducing a state of relaxation.

Acupuncture points for symptomatic relief of acid reflux

Ren 12 acupoint, is found along the Conception meridian on the abdomen, on the front midline of the body. When stimulated this point can relieve any digestive stagnation and harmonise the stomach.

Pe 6 acupoint, is found three finger widths from the crease of the wrist on the inner side of the forearm along the Pericardium meridian. When stimulated this point may relieve nausea and any discomfort in the chest caused by heartburn. This point has been shown to reduce the frequency of lower esophageal sphincter relaxations by up to forty percent.

St 36 acupoint, is found four finger widths below the kneecap along the tibialis anterior muscle on the front of the lower leg. When stimulated, this point may lower any stomach Qi that may be causing the reflux, and thus harmonise the stomach.

 How many treatments will you need?

The number of Acupuncture treatments required to treat acid reflux will differ between individuals. For a long-standing medical condition however, treatments up to several months may be recommended.

If you are interested in finding out more about how acupuncture MAY help relieve the symptoms of acid reflux, please contact ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic on (07) 4636 6100.


Accupuncture, Acupunture or Accupunture common misspelling

Note that “Acupuncture” is often misspelt as accupuncture, acupunture or accupunture, that is with either too many c’s or not enough c’s. I would love to be able to clear up this very common spelling mistake, and set the record straight.

Ac·u·punc·ture – pronounced ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; Origin: 1675–85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus  needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus ) + puncture.


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