Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) on gastric reflux

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   Posted 8/3/2012 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Allow me to contrible some significant insights into TCM. I personally know quite a few people who recovered on TCM healing but it takes like 3-6months of bitter medicine everyday. Everybody here is taking either drugs (PPI) or antacid. TCM is all natural herbs from mother nature that aids in healing the body.
TCM says the gastric reflux happens when the circulation of the Qi in the body is disrupted. The disruption of Qi may be caused by improper diet or emotional stress that triggers an upward surge in the stomach, resulting in gastrictoeflux.
Eating too much oily or spicy food, not drinking enough water, lack of sleep and stress will affect the flow of Qi.
In TCM, gastric reflux is a symptom and not a disease itself. It can be treated with medication or acupunture. The type of medication prescribled with be according to the individual patient's body constitution. If the body constitution is "heaty", the herbs prescribled will clear the "heat" from the body and restore the circulation of Qi.
In the case of a "cold" body constituition, the medication will work by dissipating the "cold" within the body and restoring one's Qi to normal circulation.
As a preventive measure of gastric reflux, regular exercise is recommended which improves the circulation of Qi and blood in the body. Be mindful about your diet by avoiding trigger foods that trigger gastric reflux as well as manage your stress level.
Massage your stomach area around the belly button by moving your palm in a clock-wise direction for five mins every night - It can help to prevent or reduce gastric reflux.

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   Posted 8/3/2012 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
The following is post nasal drip due to gastric reflux. Its written in Chinese.. allow me to translate. Apologies for my broken English.
Symptoms of chronic nasal includes discomfort in the throat, a lump sensation, always feel like something stuck in the throat and you cant swallow or spit it out, chronic coughing, dry throat, tight throat, bloackage, itchy throat etc.
Usually will tend to spit out sticky mucus in the morning, feeling of nauseaous.. There's a feeling of lots of mucus in throat so you will tend to clear throat often.. mostly the phlgem is white.
Post nasal drip could be either sensitive nose or infection OR due to gastric reflux , (in the long term) the reflux goes into the throat, in the long term it affects your nasal drip and becomes sinus. The mucus/phlgem in white usually.
TCM thinks it all connects to the lungs, liver, stomach and kidney. So you cannot be impatient to expect immediate recovery, antibiotics can only supress but not cure it. You have to treat the gastric reflux and nasal at the same time.

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   Posted 8/4/2012 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm heading out the door to go back to acupunture in a few minutes. It took TCM for about 3 yrs, but stopped last year (my insurance won't cover anymore), it cost me about $130 a session for the needle treatment and herbs every two weeks (I just can't afford anymore). I see a lady who got her degree in China, and is well respected in her home country. This is good stuff, it's a true crime most insurance won't cover.

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   Posted 8/4/2012 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
wow Doggbones, that's like US $130? It's so expensive! Mine is less than half of your price (acupunture + herbs powder) at where im living.
You're right, insurance wont cover as much as we needed it!
Keep going! Get well soon :)

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   Posted 8/4/2012 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I am currently trying acupuncture but can't afford it weekly really and had to take a break whilst undergoing tests (not a requirement of the tests, just the logistics........)

I think the acupuncture may be helping - I was in acute prolonged flare up when I went and now I'm back to my baseline level of GERD (which is bad enough to need daily PPI and prevent all the normal pleasures imbibed by the GERD-free, but not bad enough to stop me from being able to work or have a basic fun-free quality of life). Obviously flare ups come and go and one doesn't always know why, but I am going to persevere with the acupuncture for a while. I also have gastritis, so herbs and vitamins are a total no-no (they make me dreadfully ill).

New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma
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