Occasional acid reflux can be considered normal if you are lying down or bending over from the waist after a heavy meal. However, if it occurs repeatedly and accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea or dysphagia, then you could be suffering from acid reflux disease. The usual treatment plan includes medications, and in extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. However, there is an effective, alternative treatment using acid reflux acupuncture provided by Boston Chinese Acupuncture that can successfully reduce your symptoms over time.

What Acid Reflux Does

The acid reflux mechanism is a reversal of the natural order of things. Normally, the acid of the stomach flows down the digestive tract into the intestines. However, in the case of acid reflux, the reverse occurs, bringing the acid from the stomach back to the esophagus. Acid reflux acupuncture treatment helps bring balance to the digestive system, restoring natural order. Along with acupuncture, herbal remedies may be prescribed as a complementary treatment. It is always better to start treatments as soon as possible, or else the worsening of the condition could result in other, more severe symptoms.

How This Treatment Plan Helps

Over-the-counter medications may take care of short-term symptoms but they come with certain side effects as well. The acid reflux acupuncture treatment is a combination of acupuncture, natural herbal remedies and a change in lifestyle. Dr. Zheng from Boston Chinese Acupuncture recommends a few steps that can be taken:

•Eating immediately before going to bed is unhealthy for your digestive system. It is vital to avoid doing this especially if you plan on consuming a large meal that requires time to digest fully.

•Do not combine greasy or protein-rich foods with drinking soda, milk or water, as this will increase the pressure in the stomach. Increased pressure could result in heartburn and acid reflux.

•Try eating more meals and less food at each meal. This could help reduce acid reflux, again by decreasing stomach pressure.

•Reducing the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes can also help in reducing acid reflux and will work very well in conjunction with acid reflux acupuncture.

Author's Bio: 

Li Zheng is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and a graduate of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine with 11 years of formal training, including 6 years of residency. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the US and is a Harvard Medical School-trained researcher and a professor at the New England School of Acupuncture. Her two practices are located in Needham, MA and Boca Raton, FL. She has 26 years of clinical experience. Here she is sharing the information about Acid reflux acupuncture