Hamburgers and hot dogs at the annual Fourth of July barbecue. Picnic baskets bursting with treats on the shores of Wrightsville Beach. The array of food vendors that line the streets of every festival in downtown Wilmington, NC. There’s no way around it – the official menu of summer, while delicious, can also cause some undesirable side effects, such as indigestion and bloating. For those suffering from problems like gastric hyperacidity, eating the wrong thing can quickly turn your Summer of Wow into a Summer of Ow.
Gastric hyperacidity is a condition in which stomach acids in the gastrointestinal tract are at abnormally high levels. While this is sometimes associated with stress, the main culprits are related to diet. Spicy foods and fare that’s high in fat (in other words, typical summer snacks) are the biggest triggers for hyperacidity. Another common cause of indigestion is the overuse of over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. While a simple bellyache may not seem like a big deal, chronic gastric hyperacidity can lead to a host of problems and symptoms if left untreated, including:
- Stomach ulcers
- Acid reflux
- Dyspepsia (AKA Indigestion)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Flatulence and burping
While gastric hyperacidity can be treated with drugs and dietary changes, many people have discovered and embraced acupuncture as a safe, natural alternative, which also happens to be free of negative side effects. In a recent study, researchers found that a control group suffering from indigestion who received regular, specific acupuncture treatments focused on the stomach meridian, had a 70% rate of recovery – better than both the group who used conventional cures, and the one that received sham acupuncture treatments.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, most ailments occur when our qi, or life force, becomes blocked or stagnant. In no other part of the body is this most apparent than the stomach and intestines. Acupuncture works by moving qi in the stomach, stimulating digestion, and literally pushing the contents of the stomach into and through the intestines. This helps the body restore its natural balance and provides almost immediate relief.
If you’d rather spend your summer at a barbecue instead of in the bathroom, call Acupuncture Associates and schedule an appointment today. He’ll have things moving again in no time!