During pregnancy, there is higher level of the hormone Progesterone that is
produced by the placenta. This hormone relaxes smooth muscles of the uterus
as well as the valve that is between the stomach and the esophagus (food
pipe). Relaxation of the valve and softening of the ligaments that keep that
valve tightly closed allows gastric acid to move upwards causing burning
sensations. In addition, raised abdominal pressure from the growing uterus
causes the valve of the esophagus to further relax, aggravating the
Heartburn is the most common symptom experienced by pregnant women, with the estimated incidence ranging between 17-45%.
Conventional treatments aim to eliminate the symptoms of heartburn through lifestyle changes. These changes include: smoking cessation, dietary changes, and postural changes, among others. If such interventions do not alleviate the problem, some doctors offer treatment with certain medications that are believed to be of little risk to the fetus due to their minimal absorption into the woman’s body. Certain antacids such as Maalox and Mylanta are examples of such antacids.
Alternative treatments focus on lifestyle changes as well, however when those are not effective, herbal treatments are used instead of medications.
Traditional Chinese Medicine posits that heartburn in pregnancy is the result of physical changes in the abdominal area as well as certain issues of the stomach meridians. Symptoms vary depending on causative factors. Treatment will depend on what the causative factor is, whether it is physical like retention of food in the stomach, or due to stagnation of stomach Qi. Acupuncturists will restore the total balance of the body by restoring the harmony of the flow of Qi.
Scientific studies have shown great promise but have so far not been conclusive.
Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment program for heart burn. The holistic approach includes a diet and wellness plan as well as herbal remedies. Let Dr Elisha alleviate your discomfort, and help you relax and feel generally better.
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