Acupuncture and Herbs for Heartburn and Indigestion

Many people experience heartburn and acid reflux from time to time. This happens when acid from the stomach washes back into the esophagus. When this tendency to have heartburn becomes chronic, and your doctor finds signs of erosion in the esophagus, this is an indicator of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be very useful in addressing GERD and chronic cases of heartburn.

Chronic digestive upset and heartburn are often a result of poor diet, stress, and nervous tension. Acupuncture is very soothing and balancing to the nervous system. Specific meridian systems that are treated are the Liver, Stomach, and Spleen-Pancreas. Points connected to these organs and meridians are used to calm down the production of acid and to make the digestive system function more efficiently. Points that are stress-relieving are also included to address and to heal the nervous system.

Commonly used acupuncture points for treatment of heartburn and acid indigestion are Ren 12, Liver 3, Liver 14, and Pericardium 6. These points can relieve the stress and the sensation of stuffiness that are associated with GERD.

In terms of Chinese medicine, chronic heartburn is frequently a result of the Liver overacting on the Spleen and Stomach, which can produce Heat (acidity and inflammation). One commonly used formula for this disharmony is Free and Easy Wanderer Plus (Jia Wei Xiao Yao San). This remedy has the potential to relieve digestive discomfort while also addressing anxiety, stress, and nervous tension. It is a very commonly used remedy and it can address a whole host of complaints at once, if the formula is indicated based on a person’s tongue and pulse.

Another good remedy for acid indigestion and heartburn is homeopathic nux vomica 200c. Homeopathy works well in conjunction with acupuncture and herbs, for those who are open to it.

If you have chronic heartburn, it is also important to take a look at your diet and lifestyle. Really rich, fatty foods that are difficult to digest can aggravate the condition. In Chinese medicine, we also suggest reducing your intake of milk and dairy products. While milk may temporarily relieve symptoms of heartburn, in the long run we believe dairy products clog the digestive system, and cause more problems than they solve. Drinking coffee or an excessive amount of alcohol can also aggravate GERD. Spicy food can also be a problem for people who tend to have a great deal of heartburn.

Usually, with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, people see a significant and satisfactory improvement in their tendency to have heartburn and acid indigestion within four to six weekly sessions.

Yintang – The Most Requested Acupuncture Point

Yintang is the most requested acupuncture point and is found in the middle of the forehead. It is an “extra point,” a class of points that are mapped but do not fall on a specific acupuncture channel. This point has a few different indications but the most common reason it is requested is because it calms shen. Shen is a term used in Chinese medicine that doesn’t really have an exact translation in English. Basically it refers to the aspect of us that is not physical, like consciousness and thought, and our emotional and spiritual being. There are many points that calm shen and they are used in a wide variety of conditions like anxiety, depression, and insomnia, even pain and shock.

Most acupuncture points have more than one indication and yintang is no exception. Like all acupuncture points it is valuable for treating local conditions such as frontal headaches. It also benefits the nose and can help when there is nasal congestion and discharge or sinus pain. I use it a lot in my practice, especially for stress and sinus allergies and infections.

The location of this acupuncture point corresponds to the third eye, a metaphoric eye in Hinduism and Buddhism that opens as our consciousness expands and we become enlightened. It is the location of the brow chakra, the 6th of 7 major energy vortexes that exist in our bodies, which has to do with inner guidance, mental clarity, and intuition. Even in western medicine this is an anatomically important location, where light enters the skull to activate the pineal gland. As darkness increases in the evening, the pineal gland is stimulated to secrete the hormone melatonin, which makes us sleepy. As the sun comes up and light increases, the pineal gland stops producing this hormone and we wake up.

A Little Bit About Acupuncture

Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Pain Relief.

Part 2


oVery exotic word isn’t it?

oWhere did it come from?

oWhat does it mean?

oWhy do you need to know about it?

oWhat are the benefits for you?

Acupuncture is a very old Chinese science, which was practiced

successfully and very popularly some 10000 years ago.

During that time, many of the ancient civilizations were practicing

this type of healing as one of the main medicine practices.

Acupuncture became popular in the US in the early ’70s.

Over thousands of years the Chinese have used acupuncture

for a variety of health ailments.

For many years, long before any one of us came to existence,

acupuncture was used as a health remedy for a variety

of ailments.

According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine

(TCM), which is based on the concept that there is a continuous

flow of energy (Chi, or Qi in some books) that moves in the human

body, illness is caused when Chi does not flow properly

throughout the body.

This network is continuously “communicating” with the rest

of the body keeping all the functions in complete harmony.

In this way, the nervous, digestive, muscular, etc systems all

coordinate with each other through these network points.

Acupuncturists determine whether Chi is weak, stagnant or

otherwise out of balance, which indicates the points to be


Stimulating these network points actually promotes healing

of the body in the most natural manner. It has been proved

and documented throughout the history of science that

acupuncture has really benefited mankind far more than

all the medicine practices put together.

With traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific

points along the body. The insertion of these needles stimulate

vital points that are found throughout the entire body. Any good text

on natural medicine and acupuncture can give you detailed

analysis of vital points and what the benefits /therapeutic

effects it will give when stimulated.

One of the benefits of acupuncture is pain relief.

Many people use this form of therapy to help relieve a

variety of pains caused by different ailments. When pain

medication is not enough or they simply do not want to

resort to medication, people turn to acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a great way for those who suffer disabling

and chronic diseases or ailments, to finally get some pain


Acupuncture has been regarded as a fast acting

pain relief mechanism that has a long lasting effect. It has

also been shown to promote and accelerate the repair of

tissues. There are some 160 plus conditions that can be

successfully treated by using acupuncture.

There are many benefits involved with using acupuncture

as opposed to other pain relief methods. Possibly the most

popular benefit is that it is drug free. Acupuncture does not

carry the side effects that some pain killers have, such as drowsiness.

Furthermore, it is much safer than other methods as you will not

have to worry about being aware of your surroundings or an overdose.

Acupuncture is used to improve blood circulation to the entire

lumbar region and spinal cord. The increased blood flow

provides greater nourishment to the whole body.

In the next article I will tell you about Acupressure Methods.

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