3 Ways to Help Relieve Acid Reflux

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. [1]  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.

 

  1. Mindful eating

Being overweight, eating erratically and eating late have all been linked to increasing acid reflux symptoms [2] [3].  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.

 

  1. Identifying common triggers and avoiding them

Coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, raw onions, and carbonated drinks [4] [5] [6] 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.

  1. 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[7]. 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.

Written by:

Dr. Rebekah Loh

Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

Rebekah Loh

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.

Referneces

[1] Harrison C, Britt H, Miller G, Henderson J. Prevalence of chronic conditions in Australia. PLoS ONE 2013;8:e67494

[2] El-Serag HB, Ergun GA, Pandolfino J, et al Obesity increases oesophageal acid exposure Gut 2007;56:749-755.

[3] Michael Piesman MD, Inku Hwang MD, Corinne Maydonovitch BS & Roy KH Wong MD “Nocturnal Reflux Episodes Following the Administration of a Standardized Meal. Does Timing Matter?”The American Journal of Gastroenterology volume 102, pages 2128–2134 (2007)

[4] P. J. Boekema, M. Samsom, G. P. van Berge Henegouwen, A. J. P. M. Smout “Coffee and Gastrointestinal Function: Facts and Fiction: A Review” Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Volume 34, 1999 – Issue 230

[5] Allen, Melvin L.; Mellow, Mark H.; Robinson, Malcolm G.; Orr, William C. “The Effect of Raw Onions on Acid Reflux and Reflux Symptoms.” American Journal of Gastroenterology . Apr1990, Vol. 85 Issue 4, p377-380. 4p. 4 Graphs

[6] Sutep G” Are Rice and Spicy Diet Good for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders?”

J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2010 Apr; 16(2): 131–138. Published online 2010 Apr 27.

[7] Dickman. R et al, “Clinical trial: acupuncture vs. doubling the proton pump inhibitor dose in refractory heartburn” 17 September 2007

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https://www.iwantings.com/natural-remedies-to-treat-acid-reflux-and-heartburm

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Qigong for Anxiety and Depression

How can qigong help anxiety and depression?

by David Shepherd

Qigong practice naturally conditions to heal not only the body, but your spirit as well. The gradual cultivation and circulatory of energy (qi) is an achievement or skill (gong). This ‘qigong’ teaches you to patience and unattached determination, , which in my professional opinion and personal experience as a long term qigong practitioner and teacher, will lead to a mastery over one’s psychological makeup through a spiritual state of surrender and acceptance.

Through gentle internal guiding of the breath or qi, you can develop the ability to breathe in a more profound way, deeply down to your center, the original essence point. This important area lies below the navel and inside the body, where the qi is collected, stored and used for beneficial effects for the health of your body and mind.

This action of deep controlled diaphragmatic breathing in unison with specific moving postural positions and twisting, holding and release techniques, you experience a palpable and profound sense of well being and happiness. Your spirit feels lifted up and unencumbered. There are many forms of qigong and l also employ moving and still self acupressure and sitting meditation practices with my students.

The combined health benefits of practicing qigong are many and well documented as well as scientifically tested. Recent studies have yielded important proof that anxiety and depression do indeed respond and improve with the intervention of qigong therapy, bringing back quality of life and feelings of self esteem to recipients.

Tuesday night classes 

Tuesday nights 7.30pm – 8.30pm – New Term starts 9th October 2018. Only 8 places left available.

$160 for a 8 week term (best way to learn)

Casual students are welcome ~ $22 per class

David Shepherd has over 35 years experience in these arts & will be teaching this class.

Call us on 03 9486 5966 to inquire or book online here.

Written by:

David Shepherd: Tai Chi & Qi Gong Instructor

David has been practicing and teaching the practices of Wu Dang Fu style Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Wu Shu, Hsingyi, Bagua and Meditation for more than 37 years. He is well equipped and passionate about the authentic teaching of these ancient arts. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you at Freedom Chinese Medicine. David teaches our Qi Gong/ Tai Chi class on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm. We welcome beginners, term students & casual students. Click here to learn more about Qi Gong or simply come and check it out!

 

References:

1. Wang, F., Man, J., Lee,E., Wu, T., Benson, H., Fricchione, G., Wang, W &Yeung, A. (2012). The effects of qigong on anxiety, depression, and psychological well-being: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Volume 2013, Article ID 152738.

2. Oh, B., Choi, S., Inamori, A., Rosenthal, D & Yeung, A. (2013). Effects of Qigong on Depression: A Systematic Review. Volume 2013, Article ID 134737.

Acupuncture for IBS

Does your bowel seem irritable? Does it bloat, hurt, not empty properly, make you nauseas & constipated? Or do you have diarrhoea, frequent loose stools, urgency or frequency? Do you worry that your Irritable Bowel Syndrome will play up at that next outing, work meeting or social function? Does your gut make incredibly loud noises, seemingly at the worst possible times?

We can help you. We can determine the underlying cause of your digestive problem and treat it naturally with a holistic approach, whether it be by using diet changes, herbal medicine, acupuncture, stress management or a combination of therapies. A recent review of 6 statistically significant studies, from 1966 to 2013 found that Acupuncture has a 96.7% total effectiveness rate of treating IBS¹.

abdominal painAre you tired of being offered medications and solutions that only treat the symptoms momentarily before they reoccur again? With Chinese medicine you will get a holistic and individualised treatment tailored specifically to help you. That way your IBS gets better and stays better.

We can determine what type of IBS you have and the best way to remedy it. Using both acupuncture and herbs, the underlying imbalance which is causing your IBS can be addressed, so you could start to notice improvements within just one month. Leaving you to feel better and lighter, free of the burden of bowel symptoms.

wellnessAre you concerned that acupuncture may be painful or herbs might be difficult to take? Well, they aren’t. It’s much easier than what you’ve been experiencing. But don’t take my word for it, come in and try it yourself. The first 10 new patients who come in for an appointment and mention this article will receive $20 off their first session. What have you got to lose?

Contact the Clinic on 03 9486 5966 or click here to book online

Look forward to helping you soon,
Dr. Heather Dowall

heather dowall

Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist

Dr  Heather Dowall is a warm, intuitive and enthusiastic practitioner. Heather graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health with a Health Science degree majoring in Acupuncture.

Heather is passionate about fertility and pregnancy support, pain relief, cancer support, and providing relief for anyone experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional trauma or PTSD.

Heather simply loves helping people. And also offers Massage TherapyCupping & other Oriental Therapies, with our without Acupuncture.

Heather is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. Contact the Clinic on 03 9486 5966 or click here to book online

 

References

1. Orloff, S. (2014). Acupuncture Proven effective for treating IBS Symptoms. World Journal of Gastroenterology.

http://balfourhealing.com/articles/internal-medicine/ibs/

https://www.traditionalacupuncture.com.au/digestive-health

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/irritable_bowel_syndrome

 

Sleeping Through the Night

SleepIs deep, solid sleep starting to feel like an illusion for you? We all know that good sleep is essential for good health. But what do you do if you just can’t seem to get sufficient sleep? And what is adequate sleep anyways? It is about quantity and quality. Extensive research has shown that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to perform at our optimum¹.  When it comes to quality, we need blocks of uninterrupted sleep. Frequent sleep disruption causes you to transition to the lightest sleep stage which detracts from  recuperative sleep. Quality sleep is the amount of time which is set aside for sleep spent in the recuperative stages.

Here are 15 tips for better sleep:

  1. Create a relaxing wind down routine before going to sleep (read a relaxing book, listen to music, practice relaxation techniques, take a warm bath)
  2. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day (keeping a regular sleep pattern, even on weekends, helps to develop a sleep-wake rhythm that encourages better sleep)
  3. Create a comfortable sleep environment. You can try to control a number of the elements in your bedroom that will promote a good sleep, such as:
    • Temperature – for most people, cool is better than hot.
    • Light- keep your bedroom as dark as possible. You can also try wearing an eye mask
    • Noise- Less noise means more sleep. You can reduce noise levels with rugs & drapes, earplugs, background “white” noise) eg. Fan, or soothing music.
    • Comfort – A good mattress can improve the quality of sleep
    • Function- Try not to use your bedroom for work activities or studying. Make your bedroom a stress-free zone.
  4. Have a midday rest if possible (any time between 11am – 2pm)
  5. Avoid eating or drinking anything 2-3 hours before bedtime
  6. Avoid stimulants in your diet (refined sugar, caffeine, nicotine, artificial sweeteners)
  7. Avoid watching the clock
  8. Exercise regularly
  9. Drink Camomile Tea
  10. Try taking Valerian
Dr. Elaine Hickman
Dr. Elaine Hickman B.H.Sc. TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac (Beijing) Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

If these steps don’t help or if your sleeping trouble is severe ie. disturbs your ability to function during the day, then you need help tailored specifically to you. The cause of your sleeping trouble needs to be determined and what the best solution will be. Chinese Medicine excels when it comes to individualised, effective help for insomnia. And at Freedom Chinese Medicine, we excel in Chinese Medicine.

We have a combined experience of over 70 years, so we more than enough skill and experienced to help you. And we pride ourselves on providing a professional, relaxing experience. To help you with your sleep, we may suggest Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Qi Gong, Meditation, Massage or a combination of these therapies to get you sleeping soundly as soon as possible.

Best of all, with Chinese Medicine, you can get better and stay better. If you are suffering with sleep trouble, I strongly suggest you don’t put up with it, seek some help. I see sleeping problems alleviated every day in the clinic.

I appreciate that trying new practitioners or therapies can be a tad scary. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the practitioner who is helping you. That is why I’m offering an initial health assessment, in which I do a brief assessment of your health and advice a treatment strategy for you. It gives you the opportunity to see if me and my team are the right people to help you. Please call us on 03 9486 5966 today to book your consultation with us. Flash special ~ 20% off your initial consult if you mention this offer. For 1 week only! Expires 4/11/16 

REFERENCES

1. http://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need and http://www.macses.ucsf.edu/research/allostatic/sleep.php