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REFLUX and GORD/GERD
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) or Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a very common condition where stomach acid leaks out of the stomach and into the oesophagus (gullet). Variously called dyspepsia, heartburn, wind, indigestion and regurgitation, it can make mealtimes a misery.
Some of the symptoms that this causes are indigestion and heartburn, belching and ‘wind’, difficulty swallowing and an unpleasant sour taste in the mouth caused by the stomach acid coming back up into the mouth (regurgitation). These symptoms can range from mild to severe.
GORD is not a disease as such but is a disturbance of the mechanisms which control gut function, and like so many of these gut disturbances (see IBS), often seems to be linked to trigger points in the muscles of the stomach wall.
Treating GORD and other gut disturbances
GORD and other gut disturbances such as peptic ulcers, hiatus hernia and dyspepsia can be treated quickly and easily by targeting trigger points using needles or gentle manipulation or a combination of both. Many patients who have been on long term medication for GORD will find they can stop their medication within a few treatments.
"Acupuncture has been shown to promote healing in peptic ulcers both in animals and in humans" Medical Acupuncture, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh 1998
Another study which showed the great potential for acupuncture in gut related disturbances was a paper presented by a Swedish worker, Marianne Reinthal, who has treated 1500 children with colic. Using minimal acupuncture on just one pair of acupoints she relieved the symptoms in 97% of the children, often with a only a couple of treatments. Presented at the 4th International Medical Acupuncture Meeting, Barcelona, October 2009