Like with everything in TICM, heartburn/acid reflux also has a root cause and we need to establish what is causing it. More and more patients of all ages are suffering and being prescribed with the vile Nexium. Majority are suffering not because it is medical but more emotional due to the testing times we are living. Heartburn from an emotional viewpoint is because patients are having difficulty absorbing life at the moment. There are times now even I feel like I am just existing. I know this is ok, we cannot always be on the high side. We currently have guilt, fear, anger and hate being built up simultaneously due to what we are being put through by our caretakers. We are having trust issues, who do we trust now and where do we turn do? We are burning up inside and have a wounded Heart. We are feeling uncomfortable with what we are seeing, feeling and hearing. We are feeling frustrated and irritated about our inability to control what is going on around us. We are resisting life rather than learning from these experiences. We are feeling helpless about past choices.
In TICM, heartburn and acid reflux is classified as a symptom of a greater underlying root dysfunction specifically regarded as a manifestation of disharmonies in the Stomach and Liver’s functions. To treat this painful and uncomfortable disorder properly, we work on bringing harmony to both the Liver and Stomach in order to eradicate the symptom(s). In this case, heartburn is treated through adjusting oesophageal pressure, harmonising gastric acids and smoothing digestion.️
We treat heartburn and acid reflux with TICM practices and herbs.
Acupuncture: reduces stress and opens the flow of stagnated energy (Qi). This helps the organ systems function harmoniously, reducing symptoms of heartburn and promoting regular digestion.
Liver herbs: helps reduce stress, helps digest emotions and balance our feelings, resulting in a smooth flow of Qi (energy) and Blood. Also helps Stomach function.
Spleen herbs: strengthens the Stomach and Spleen to help in overall digestive function and symptoms such as acid regurgitation, heartburn, poor digestion, indigestion, abdominal distension, belching, bloating, gas. This tincture is especially useful when taken in the morning from 9-11am and for people who have mucous and Lung imbalances as well.
Practicing flexibility and allowing life to flow: the famous quote goes "We plan, God plans”. Life is unexpected and that is the beauty of it, when we resist the natural flow of life, we do the same internally, stopping the natural flow of Qi (our vital life force) in our bodies causing emotional and digestive issues to rise from the Liver into the Stomach and up the oesophagus.
Food and nutrition: eating whole foods, eating breakfast, eating a light and easily digestible dinner, regular meal times, not eating late at night, eating a variety of vegetables and reducing alcohol, smoking, sugar, refined and processed foods, etc.
Ginger: dehydrated ginger promotes Stomach harmony and stops the production of excess Stomach acid.
Ginger warms the digestion, while killing bacteria and pathogens, allowing a harmonious flow of Qi (energy) with all the corresponding organs. Overall, the stronger the Stomach and Spleen are, the less chance for digestive issues.
We have been indoctrinated by the system that heartburn or acid reflux is due to too much acid, but this is incorrect. It could also be due to not enough acid.
Sending all those suffering, love, hugs and healing light xxx