April Bui Acupuncture
Memorial / Spring Branch
Chinese Medicine Terminology
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. Although Chinese medicine concept can be abstract, this helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
Chinese Medicine Diagnosis:
According to Chinese medicine, acid reflux/heartburn/GERD are conditions of rebellious qi stoking upwards, going counter to the normal movement of digestive qi which is downwards. These conditions are commonly caused by chronic stress and exacerbated by excessive alcohol consumption. As a result, one or more of the following imbalances developed:
• Qi stagnation of liver, stomach, heart, and gallbladder channels
• Blood stagnation (if pain feels stabbing)
• Excessive heat in stomach and/or heart
• Excessive heat in liver and gallbladder (if sour taste is pronounced)
• Spleen qi deficiency
In treating acid reflux/heartburn/GERD, we use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to achieve the following effects:
• Open the energy system.
• Unblock liver, stomach, and heart channels.
• Move qi and blood.
• Clear heat.
• Guide the qi to flow downwards.
• Fortify yin and qi.
The normal course of treatment is six weekly sessions and followed by a maintenance program. Prevention requires attention and changes to the diet. Stressors in one's life must also be controlled and eliminated.