GORD, GERD, or acid reflux. However you like to identify that uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest, know that you’re not alone, with up to 20% of the western population suffering with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.  In addition if you’re a soon to be mum, up to 50% of ladies will experience it during the 3rd trimester. So the next time you reach for the gaviscon or your PPI, here’s 3 other ways that can help relieve and treat your symptoms.
- Mindful eating
Being overweight, eating erratically and eating late have all been linked to increasing acid reflux symptoms  . Make sure you are eating regular meals (4-6 meals per day) in small portions, ensure you are taking the time to sit down, chew thoroughly and enjoy your food. Additionally, according to the Chinese medicine body clock the best time to have dinner is between 5-7pm so that you have ample time to digest before bed.
- Identifying common triggers and avoiding them
Coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, raw onions, and carbonated drinks    have all been shown to increase symptoms. So you know what to do! A simple way to help cut out these triggers is to have a substitute and of course to do so gradually. It will always be a process so don’t be hard on yourself if you fail.
- Acupuncture and Chinese medicine
Finally if you’re at your wits and have tried all of the above tips or if you’ve just started and need some guidance and support come, in for a treatment. Acupuncture has been shown to decrease symptoms as well as benefiting the whole body. More importantly, Chinese medicine is a holistic modality that will focus on addressing all aspects of your health. So you can expect to have lifestyle and diet advice as well as leaving the session feeling relaxed, and less symptomatic.
If you’d like to try acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to ease acid reflux, contact us on 03 9486 5966 or click here to book online. You will receive a $20 discount if you mention this offer. For a limited time only.
Dr. Rebekah Loh
Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist
Rebekah is a super qualified and enthusiastic practitioner. She has a double degree in Health Science and Chinese Medicine she also has a degree in Biomedical Science. Rebekah completed further study in hospital internships in Nanjing, China and Taichung, Taiwan. She speaks English (fluent), Mandarin Chinese (intermediate) & Cantonese (beginner).
Rebekah can help with a whole range of conditions, and she is particularly passionate about women’s health, obstetrics, gynaecology and fertility.
In her spare time, Rebekah likes to play Futsal, Badminton and Viola.
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