Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest or throat, caused by refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus. It is a major symptom of a medical condition called Gastroesophygeal Reflex disorder (GERD). Other symptoms of heartburn may include sore throat, voice change, nausea, anxiety, burning pain when swallowing, a bitter or sour taste in your mouth, coughing and respiratory conditions such as, asthma, pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.


Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine the Stomach dominates descending. Only when the Stomach Qi is freely going down, can the alternation between emptiness and fullness in the Stomach and Intestine be maintained. The digestive function will be normal. If the condition is impaired, it not only affects the receiving and decomposing function of the stomach, but also prevents the diet from being transported downward, then nausea, vomiting, or heartburn can occur. This is termed ‘Rebellious Stomach Qi’.


Heartburn has been treated by traditional Chinese Medicine effectively for thousands of years. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help not only reduce the symptoms of heartburn, but more important to help recover from the cause by adjusting yin and yang, strengthening the body resistance and eliminating the pathogenic factors.


In a recent report published in the British medical journal, Acupuncture in Medicine, a Brazilian study showed that acupuncture may help relieve bouts of indigestion and heartburn in pregnant women. You can try stimulating the Pericardium 6 acupuncture point (the same one used to relieve sickness) to relieve heartburn by yourself. To find the point, use the fingers of one hand on the inside of your opposite wrist, measuring up two finger-widths from the crease between your hand and arm, between the tendons in the middle of your wrist.


Patients with heartburn will get traditional Chinese acupuncture treatment at Greenleaf Acupuncture and Herb Clinic The mission of our clinic is to improve the quality of a patient’s life by providing natural health care that focuses on the whole person. The patients will get healing benefits of acupuncture treatment from experienced Chinese acupuncturists at Greenleaf Acupuncture and Herb Clinic.