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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) - Basics

Acid Reflux Disease, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (a valve-like muscle between the stomach and the esophagus) spontaneously opens or doesn't properly close, allowing digestive acids from the stomach to rise into the esophagus along with other stomach contents. The most common symptom of Acid Reflux Disease in adults in heartburn, or acid indigestion.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Acid Reflux Disease.


Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of acid reflux disease (gerd) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of acid reflux disease (gerd):



Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) - Tam Healing - Tong Ren Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for acid reflux disease (gerd) that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)


Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating acid reflux disease (gerd). For a complete list from our store with more details see our acid reflux disease (gerd) formula section.


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Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (16) acupuncture points may be useful for acid reflux disease (gerd). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (1) chinese herb may be useful for acid reflux disease (gerd). In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



The following (10) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)

Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan

  • Pinellia Drain Epigastrium Pills
    • Distension and fullness of the epigastrium usually without pain.
    • Borborygmus (gurgling sounds), and diarrhea if spleen qi is affected.
    • Vomiting with possible dry heaves due to rebellious stomach qi.
  • Harmonize
  • Harmonize the Stomach and Intestines
  • Cautions
  • Do not use for epigastric distention due to food stagnation.  Use with caution if patient has yin deficiency.

Bao He Wan

  • Preserve Harmony Pills
    • Epigastric and or abdominal fullness or painful distention after meals.
    • Acid reflux, belching, vomiting with possible aversion to food due to food stagnation.
    • This formula can also be used for acute food poisoning.
  • Reduce Food Stagnation
  • Cautions
  • Use with caution with weak or qi deficient patients.

Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan

  • Aquilaria Qi Transforming Pills
  • For spleen qi deficiency with damp heat accumulation in the lower.  The spleen system is effectively the western version of the digestive system.  The spleen is responsible for extracting the energy from the food and properly breaking the food down.  When the spleen is weak the overall energy tends to drop, the appetite may be poor, and the mood may also be on the down side.  Furthermore, the weakness of the spleen results in the accumulation of byproducts (damp) which tend to accumulate in the lower.

    Symptoms may include diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, and abdominal distension.  This formula is used to treat belching, acid reflux, poor appetite, abdominal distension, flatulence, constipation, and abdominal cramping and discomfort.

    Tongue: puffy, sticky or greasy coat

    Pulse: slippery, weak

  • Expel Dampness
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy

Chu Kou Wei Wan

  • Chu Kou Wei Wan
    • Acid reflux and/or burning sensation in the epigastrium, throat, or mouth from stomach fire.
    • Ulcers, sores, or other types of abcess in the mouth due to persistent stomach heat.
    • Constant sense of hunger or noticable increse in appetite.
    • Commonly used to treat bad breath (halitosis).
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Organs

Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan

  • Saussurea Qi Promoting Pills
    • Bloating, lower abdominal pain, sluggish bowels.
    • Acid reflux/heartburn, nausea with possible vomitting after meals.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution for preganacy.

Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan

  • Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction
    • Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the stomach and the lungs - a range of digestive issues (gastritis, epigastric pain), possibly with dry throat, thirst and/or cough.
    • Diabetes - particularly with signs of dryness.
    • A range of lung related issues - lung cancer, pneumonia, cough/wheezing.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Gently Disperse and Moisten Dryness

Shu Gan Wan

  • Liver Comfort Pills
    • Abdominal and/or Hypochondriac pain, cramps or spasms resulting from liver qi stagnation.
    • Alternating chills and fever.
    • Nausea, bloating, acid reflux, alternating stools, or IBS like symptoms caused by the liver invading the spleen.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with pregnancy.

Xiang Lian Wan

  • Aucklandia and Coptis Pills
    • Diarrhea expecially with bright blood or mucus and foul smelling resuling from damp heat.
    • Nausea, abdominal cramps or bloating, with possible loss of appetite from damp accumulation.
    • Vomitting, hiccups, excessive belching, acid reflux due to rebellious stomach qi and heat.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.

Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan

  • Aucklandia Amomi Nurture Stomach Pills
    • Low appetite, apathy towards eating due to spleen qi deficiency.
    • Acid reflux, indigestion, epigastric pain, tendency to feel full even with small quantities of food.
    • Food stagnation due to overeating.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    •  

Yi Guan Jian Wan

  • Linking Decoction
    • GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver qi stagnation leading to stomach yin issues - gastritis, ulcers, reflux, bloating.
    • The underlying factors lead to dryness of the blood, that coupled with liver qi stagnation and yin deficiency may lead to PMS, inosmnia, etc.
    • With the right underlying factors useful for a range of liver conditions - hepatitis, fatty liver.
    • Essential hypertension, preeclampsia.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin



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