This letter is being written as a reply to Simon Becker's response to "How Do You Treat Heartburn and GERD?" in the April 2001 issue.
My article was meant to be a general and highly practical article based on my 16 years experience as a practicing herbalist. It was not intended as the end all and be all of treating heartburn and GERD in terms of TCM, and therefore I feel much of Mr. Becker's criticism was not valid.
I have not found all 10 TCM patterns useful in the treatment of American patients, and therefore I have listed only the most common TCM patterns involving treatment of American patients with heartburn and GERD. Many of the formulas Mr. Becker mentioned in his critique do not work for American patients. In addition, there is a great deal of attention on "professional standard methodology for TCM." First, such a standard does not in English. Besides, the title of the article was not "TCM Treatments for Heartburn and GERD," but rather was intended to reflect how I treat these conditions.
Andrew Gaeddert, BA, AHG Oakland, California
Acupuncture Today is continually searching for local, regional and national news that may be of interest to the profession. If a newsworthy event has happened to you, your association, or your school recently, we would like to hear about it. Please send your news items and press releases to:
Acupuncture Today ATTN: News in Brief PO Box 4109 Huntington Beach, CA 92605-4109
You may also send your comments by fax (714-899-4273) or e-mail (
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreement
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.