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Acid Reflux Pressure Point

01 July, 2008 | Staff Speak

Clipped this awhile back from AARP magazine.

Combining high-tech equipment with ancient Chinese acupuncture, Australian researchers have identified a technique that may reduce acid reflux and heartburn by about 40 percent.

The Adelaide-based group, headed by Richard Holloway MD found that by placing electrodes on a traditional Chinese acupuncture point they were able to reduce the muscle relaxations around the esophagus, which allow acid to rise from the stomach. The electrodes were taped to the site and delivered pulsed stimulation, a painless procedure.

The acupressure point, know in Chinese as "neiguan" is on the inner forearm, about an inch above the wrist, in a direct line with the middle finger.

Why the technique works "is completely unclear", says Holloway. "More research is definitely needed"

The team reported the results of its experiments in the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.