Heartburn doesn't affect the heart. Heartburn is a burning feeling in the lower chest, along with a sour or bitter taste in the throat and mouth. It usually occurs after eating a big meal or while lying down. The feeling can last for a few minutes or a few hours.
When you eat, food passes from your mouth down a tube (about 10 inches long in most people) called the esophagus. To enter the stomach, the food must pass through an opening between the esophagus and stomach. This opening acts like a gate to allow food to pass into the stomach.
Usually, this opening closes as soon as food passes through. But if it doesn't close, acid from your stomach can get through the opening and into your esophagus. This is called acid reflux. Stomach acid can irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD, or acid reflux, is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up, or refluxes) into the esophagus. The liquid can inflame and damage the lining of the esophagus although this occurs in a minority of patients. The regurgitated liquid usually contains acid and pepsin that are produced by the stomach. (Pepsin is an enzyme that begins the digestion of proteins in the stomach.) The refluxed liquid also may contain bile that has backed-up into the stomach from the duodenum. (The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine that attaches to the stomach.) Acid is believed to be the most injurious component of the refluxed liquid. Pepsin and bile also may injure the esophagus, but their role in the production of esophageal inflammation and damage (esophagitis) is not as clear as the role of acid.
Heart Burn and Acid Reflux
Dr. Yang and Dr. Liu:
Thanks for treating me. After 6 months of discomfort with acid reflux, heartburn, stomachache and bloating, I was referred to you by my doctor. Since I have tried all kinds of medication, nothing works for me. I am so happy that you cured me with only seven acupunctuire treatments. Acupuncture is miracle!! I will tell everybody I know.
Dr. Yang and Dr. Liu are licensed master practitioners
of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and are PhDs, MDs
from China. Both trained 11 years in a full-time MD and PhD
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine program. They are currently
teaching professors and chief physicians in the field of gynecology
and internal medicine. They maintain a private clinical practice
in New York City and Jericho Long Island and are training
prospective acupuncturists the USA. They bring to you a combination
of 48 years of clinical experience in the USA, Norway, Sweden,
South Korea, Brazil, Greece and China Hospitals. They have
published 25 books and 175 research articles in the past 23
years in Acupuncture, Herbal and Integrated Medicine