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Understanding Acid Reflux

1.What is "acid reflux"

"Acid reflux" is a common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a common gastrointestinal disease. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is mainly caused by a "gate" at the junction between the esophagus and the stomach that is not closed tightly enough, causing the contents of the stomach and duodenum to spill back upward into the esophagus, and even the oral cavity.


This reflux passes through the esophagus and throat, causing inflammation in the form of ulcers, esophageal stricture and other symptoms that cannot be relieved for a week.



2. GERD symptoms vary from person to person


When we eat, the contraction of gastric smooth muscle produces peristalsis - there is gastric motility. When gastric motility slows down, food stays in the stomach for a long time and there may be flatulence, a common presentation after a full meal. Symptoms of GERD include spasms, chest pain, chest tightness and acid reflux. If you have chest pain, you should first do an ECG to rule out cardiac problems. When the symptoms cannot be relieved and recur, it is necessary to seek medical treatment in time to rule out other diseases of the digestive system.

Some people have no obvious acid reflux and heartburn, but only feel a small amount of reflux or liquid from the esophagus to the throat. These people experience excessive salivation and phlegm, they feel that the throat feels blocked, cottony or as if there is a foreign object lodged inside. They may experience chest tightness, chest pain, Or even a typical symptoms such as cough, laryngitis, and asthma. It is common that, out of all the above symptoms, only one or two symptoms appear.




3. When the symptoms show up, it can cause a lot of discomfort.

But during the endoscopy, your doctor will only say that there

is no problem with the stomach. What is going on? This is

called non-erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease (NERD) -

no damaged esophageal mucosa is seen under the scope.

This is the main type of GERD, accounting for about 70% of

the incidences. Anxiety, depression, and negative life events are also contributing factors to the disorder.


4. Why is it easy to relapse after stopping the drug for a period of time? The onset is closely related to anxiety, depression and visceral hypersensitivity. Unfavorable social and psychological factors can also cause gastroesophageal reflux symptoms. Anxiety, depression, psychological factors and gastroesophageal reflux interact with each other to form a vicious circle. Anti-anxiety and depression drugs are often combined with PPI to treat non-erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease (NERD). They do alleviate the condition and improve the quality of life.

5. How does traditional Chinese medicine treat and what are its advantages?

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the function of the esophagus is closely related to the absorption of Stomach Qi. In a pathological state, the turbid gas in the stomach cannot flow down, resulting in reflux. Liver and Gallbladder Qi blockage and poor emotions are also the main reasons for reflux.


The meridian theory of traditional Chinese medicine believes that the governor vessel is the sea of yang vessels, which governs the yang qi of the whole body, and is closely related to the normal operation of the Spleen and Stomach Qi.


Through the Governor vessel meridian, it can not only treat digestive system diseases, but also relieve mental and psychological symptoms. .

Auricular point therapy improves the peristaltic function of the gastrointestinal tract. Auricular points, meridians, and viscera are closely related. Therefore, mild stimulation of the auricular points can positively affect the functions of the viscera.

In summary, traditional Chinese medicine is an effective intervention when combined with endoscopic diagnosis. Through the integrated adoption of disease differentiation and syndrome differentiation, this condition can be effectively treated. In addition, acupuncture and moxibustion enhance the treatment effect.


Traditional Chinese medicine, in using the Clear and Descend method, can treat GERD by protecting the gastric mucosa. Acupuncture can calm the mind and stabilize emotions. . To learn more about the range of TCM treatments, please click on the QR code:





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