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Acupuncture and TCM as a Holistic Approach to Relieving GERD Symptoms



Living with the persistent discomfort of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) can be challenging, impacting various aspects of daily life. GERD isn't just about heartburn and acid reflux; it's about navigating a constant undercurrent of discomfort that infiltrates meals, sleep, and daily activities. From the burning sensation in the chest to the uneasy regurgitation after a meal, every aspect of life can be affected. Conventional treatments offer relief, but often temporary and lead to side effects that have impact on your overall health.


Our Patient Laura M. from Melbourne FL shares "I began experiencing GERD symptoms about 15 years ago, at first I dealt with them with OTC medications and overtime I had to increase the dose. As years went by my doctors prescribed about 3 different types of medications that worked temporarily but left me with insomnia, anxiety, headaches and nausea. It made it impossible for me to make plans with family and go about my normal life."


Understanding GERD:


GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) weakens or relaxes abnormally, allowing stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus. This chronic condition can lead to irritation and inflammation of the esophagus, contributing to the characteristic symptoms of GERD. Common symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing. While medications and lifestyle changes are typically recommended for managing GERD, acupuncture can provide fast and lasting relief.


"Our treatments are first and foremost patient centered, everything we do at Bodhi is individualized to each person so that we can really make an impact at the root of the issue and not just mask the symptoms. We have the knowledge and technology, but ultimately is your own body doing the healing. Your body knows how to heal, we just help it remember". - Dr. Andrea Explains.


For GERD, our treatments aim to address both the symptoms and underlying imbalances that led to it:


  • Regulating Digestive Function: We use therapies that help regulate the digestive system, the function of the stomach and the LES. This contributes to improved digestion and reduced instances of acid reflux.

  • Balancing your parasympathetic system: We help you restore balance, promoting the smooth flow of energy and addressing imbalances.

  • Reducing Stress and Relaxation: Stress is a known trigger for GERD symptoms. Our treatments also promote relaxation and reduce stress levels, minimizing the frequency and severity of acid reflux episodes.

  • Enhancing Overall Well-being: Our holistic approach to health seeks to improve your overall well-being, strengthening the immune system and improving resilience against GERD symptoms.

In addition to acupuncture, incorporating the following lifestyle changes and natural remedies can complement your GERD management plan:


  1. Diet Modifications:

  • Avoid trigger foods such as spicy, fatty, and acidic foods.

  • Opt for smaller, more frequent meals to reduce pressure on the stomach.

  • Include alkaline-rich foods like bananas, melons, and leafy greens in your diet.

  1. Lifestyle Adjustments:

  • Maintain a healthy weight to alleviate pressure on the abdomen.

  • Elevate the head of your bed to prevent acid reflux while sleeping.

  • Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.

  1. Avoiding Triggers:

  • Identify and avoid lifestyle factors that exacerbate GERD symptoms, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and tight clothing.

If you are experiencing GERD Symptoms we would love to help. Contact us to setup a consultation 321-312-0771.

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