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Alleviating Acid Reflux through Acupuncture

Acid reflux is primarily caused because of muscles of the stomach, called as ‘Sphincter Muscles’ in the medical jargon, functioning in an unnatural way by allowing the acid present in the stomach to go back up into the esophagus. This very muscle is actually supposed to prevent the movement of the acid outside of the stomach.
Acupuncture – An ancient Chinese medical practice that has been around over centuries and which punctures the human skin using needles to repair the body from any kind of signs of diseases, bad health and harm. Acupuncture comes to the rescue here by having a soothing and relaxing effect on the muscle and also making the digestive system overall function optimally. In fact, MRI scans of the brain done when applying acupressure at a point close to the thumb, actually triggers activity in that portion of the body which is responsible for the emotion and stress related feelings – namely the limbic system. This actually demonstrates the value which acupressure as a therapy technique can bring in for patients suffering with acid reflux, as it can reduce the stress levels within their body muscles to an extent required for proper channelization of stomach acid within the body.

The P6 which is short for Pericardium-6 is the chief acupuncture point which can help in relieving patients of the acid reflux symptoms and this point is located just above the human wrist. Thus the heartburn or a stomach-on-fire sensation caused by acid reflux can be efficiently and effectively treated using acupressure technique, eliminating the need for any allopathic medicines and pills or in fact any other kinds of medicines as well for that matter. Finding out and stimulating the point on one’s left hand, which is responsible for the stomach region, is all that one needs to do.

The accurate position of this point is midway of the region between the middle finger and the index finger’s metacarpal bones – somewhere in the middle of the bones – to be precise. To locate this position do the following simple exercise:

Put the right thumb on the left palm and the right hand’s index finger at the left palm’s backside.
Search for the index finger’s metacarpal bone on the left hand.
Try and adjust these right hand fingers such that they are lying in middle of middle finger and the index finger’s metacarpal bones.
The exact place on your palm where it hurts the most is the point which needs to be used to apply acupressure therapy for acid reflux treatment.
Once the point is found you can press it to stop acid reflux and the effect is quite instantaneous, so to say. But then acid reflux may return again after sometime and you may then need to reapply pressure on the found point. Please note that acupressure technique works on the indicators or signs of acid reflux and does not affect the cause of it. Causes of acid reflux are many and they can be treated only by focusing on long term changes of lifestyle and food related habits.


Some other notable acupuncture points are mentioned below.

A point located on the abdomen’s conception meridian towards the middle portion of the body’s front – also known as Ren 12 – can cure intense indigestion and soothes the stomach.

Another point can be found at a distance of width of 3 fingers along the forearms beneath portion towards the pericardium meridian. This point is known as Pc6 and can trigger relief from nausea and any chest heaviness resulting from acid reflux.

Acupuncture does not produce magical results overnight and are a long drawn treatment through which one can get relief from acid reflux by suppression of symptoms.

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