Acupuncture May Be Effective at Reducing Indigestion Symptoms

A pin, rather than a pill, could help those living with the most common form of recurring indigestion.

Researchers in China say a 4-week course of acupuncture appears to relieve symptoms of postprandial distress syndrome (PDS), a form of indigestion characterized by early fullness after eating and upper abdominal bloating.

In Western medicine, PDS is usually treated with antacid medications, such as Tagamet, Pepcid, and Axid.

But researchers from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine say acupuncture could be a safe and effective alternative.

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 278 study participants with PDS were given either 12 sessions of acupuncture over 4 weeks or received “sham” acupuncture.

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