Ancient Chinese remedy soothes indigestion without drugs or side effects

If you live with indigestion that causes bloating and stomach pain after eating, you might be tempted to head to your doctor for a prescription and the relief the drugs promise.

But wait…

Many of those pills have been linked to memory problems and, possibly, dementia — even the over-the-counter ones. And who really wants to take a pill and full glass of water when you already feel like your stomach’s about to explode?

Luckily, a new study has found indigestion relief in an ancient Chinese practice. That’s why we’re going to break down why the proof is in the pudding when it comes to acupuncture and indigestion… and how to use the treatment to defeat your indigestion and get rid of the bloat for good.

Significant relief without rebound pain

The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at a type of indigestion known as postprandial distress syndrome or PDS. This type of indigestion might be familiar since the main symptoms are a feeling of early fullness after eating (even a little) and bloating in your upper abdomen.

In other words, you get that full feeling far sooner than you should, and when you look down, your stomach has blown up.

Previous studies on acupuncture for the condition have been limited by a small number of participants and poor study quality so no one really knew if the treatment could be helpful or not, leaving patients without enough choice when it came to finding relief.

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So, researchers at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine set out to correct that issue and discover the truth behind the effects of acupuncture on indigestion.

The team randomly assigned 278 patients with PDS to either 12 sessions of acupuncture or the same number of sham acupuncture sessions (basically, pretend sessions where the people thought they were receiving true acupuncture treatments but really received no treatment at all).

These sessions were conducted over four weeks and the researchers then compared the proportion of patients in each group who reported “extreme improvement” or “improvement” in their stomach symptoms as well as the proportion of patients who experienced complete resolution of their symptoms the big winners.

And it came down to this…

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In the head-to-head challenge of acupuncture versus no acupuncture for indigestion, the ancient Chinese treatment came out on top by a wide margin!

The researchers found that a significantly higher proportion of patients in the acupuncture group experienced overall improvement or even complete and total elimination of their symptoms than in the sham acupuncture group.

And the acupuncture patients were still feeling the benefits for at least 12 weeks after their final acupuncture treatment with no problems with relapsing, rebound in pain or adverse effects.

So not only did acupuncture work, it kept working! And unlike the drugs your doctor might prescribe, it won’t steal your memory.

That’s a win-win-win situation!

Acupuncture facts to remember when setting up your sessions

If you’re living with indigestion and would like to use acupuncture to find relief naturally, no drugs involved, here are a few facts to remember.

First, it takes more than one session to see the benefits — in the case of the study above, it took 12 sessions.

Second, and maybe most importantly to some, acupuncture isn’t painful. Although many worry that those needles will feel like getting a shot multiple times, the truth is that acupuncture needles are so small that you can insert one into an inflated balloon without popping it.

So, don’t be afraid to give acupuncture a try to find relief from your indigestion and banish the bloat for good.

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  1. Acupuncture may be safe and effective for easing indigestion symptoms — Eureka Alert
  2. Newly discovered mechanism can explain increased risk of dementia — ScienceDaily
  3. Efficacy of acupuncture for postprandial distress syndrome (PDS) — ISRCTNregistry
  4. Acupuncture offers better pain relief — Easy Health Options


Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.