GERD

Discover relief from GERD through the profound practices of traditional Chinese medicine at Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S., located outside Seattle, WA.

Understanding GERD:

GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a chronic condition where stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, leading to irritation of its lining. This backflow typically happens due to a weakening or malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter, which normally acts as a valve between the esophagus and stomach. Common triggers for acid reflux include consuming certain foods and beverages, such as spicy foods, chocolate, alcohol, and caffeine, as well as lifestyle factors like obesity, smoking, and stress. The symptoms of GERD range from mild discomfort, such as heartburn and acid indigestion, to more severe complications like esophageal damage, which can increase the risk of esophageal cancer over time.

The reasons why some individuals develop GERD while others do not are complex and multifaceted. Genetics play a role, with the condition sometimes running in families, indicating a possible hereditary component. Additionally, lifestyle choices and environmental factors, including diet, body weight, and stress levels, significantly influence the development and exacerbation of GERD symptoms. Managing GERD effectively requires a comprehensive approach that may include dietary adjustments, weight management, medication, and in some cases, surgery to strengthen the esophageal sphincter. Understanding the underlying causes and triggers of GERD is crucial for patients and healthcare providers to develop a successful management plan, aiming to alleviate symptoms and prevent long-term complications.


Common Symptoms of GERD:

Heartburn, the hallmark symptom of GERD, manifests as a burning discomfort that typically rises from the lower chest area up towards the neck. This sensation results from stomach acid escaping the stomach and irritating the lining of the esophagus. Often occurring after meals or during the night, heartburn can be exacerbated by lying down or bending over. Although its presence is common and occasionally experienced by many, frequent heartburn (occurring more than twice a week) may indicate GERD. Managing heartburn involves dietary changes, lifestyle adjustments, and medications aimed at reducing stomach acid and protecting the esophageal lining.

Chest pain associated with GERD is often mistaken for heart-related pain due to its location and intensity. This pain can be sharp, burning, or feel like pressure in the chest, intensifying after eating, in the evening, or when lying down. Unlike heart pain, GERD-related chest discomfort usually isn’t linked with physical exertion. However, because chest pain can signal various health issues, including heart or lung conditions, it’s critical to seek medical evaluation to determine its cause. Treatment strategies focus on reducing acid reflux through lifestyle modifications and medication.

Regurgitation in GERD patients is the sensation of food or liquid flowing back up into the throat or mouth, often described as a “wet burp” or even vomiting. This symptom results from the malfunctioning of the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing stomach contents to travel back up the esophagus. Regurgitation can leave a sour or bitter taste in the mouth and can be particularly bothersome at night or when bending over. Management includes dietary adjustments, such as avoiding trigger foods and eating smaller, more frequent meals, alongside medications that reduce acid production or improve esophageal motility.

Often referred to as globus sensation, this symptom is described as feeling like there is a lump or something stuck in the throat. This sensation can occur even when there is nothing physically obstructing the throat. It is thought to be caused by the irritation or inflammation of the esophagus due to acid reflux or by the disorder of the throat muscles. The sensation of a lump in the throat can be persistent and may not always correlate with meals. Treatment focuses on addressing the underlying GERD through lifestyle changes and acid-suppressive therapy, which can alleviate the sensation by reducing the reflux that might be contributing to the irritation.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for GERD

GERD has been studied and treated for centuries with the guidance of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture & Wellness Center near Seattle, WA encourages people to with GERD to turn to Traditional Chinese Medicine when seeking out relief for these reasons:

  • Preventative Care
  • Natural Symptom Relief
  • holistic treatment
  • Personalized treatment
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Penny & Team
August 13, 2018

Bob saved my life, simply put. About a year ago I went to his acupuncture and wellness clinic in very poor health. I was so Ill I was actually in the process of having my will made out. Since my first visit I have lost over 70 lbs, my heart murmur is gone and the diagnosis of congestive heart failure is no longer on my records. Needless to say this is "The Best Care Ever Received" anywhere in my long life. I now have the energy I had in my thirties; I can now sleep after years of insomnia, and the painful areas around my body are gone or 90% less. In my 70's I am now back to working full time, building a vacation home and enjoying life. It is my guess that this clinic sees +/- 100 patients a day- they are very efficient. Anyone who gives this clinic a chance to work there magic, and go the distance, for at least 90 days will be very pleased with the life changing results. I am living proof.

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Marcus Gadau
May 22, 2014

I had the pleasure of graduating from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in China with honors. I went on to complete a PhD program at Hong Kong Baptist University in scientific research in Chinese Medicine. I have traveled throughout China for years researching luminaries in our medicine. I speak Mandarin and because of this I have been able to spend time with some of the most famous Chinese Doctors of Northern China at the time. I can say unequivocally that Bob Doane is one of the very best practitioners I have ever seen. His results are nothing short of miraculous and his methods are a beautiful blend of modern and ancient medicine. The DNA and MPD systems are incredible and are a must for those who want to produce significant clinical results with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Doug Kotrba
December 21, 2019

Kyleen takes special interest in both of us. Over the past year she has resolved several long term issues for both of us. The bottom line is that our General Health is much better now than a year ago. We are pleased.

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Hunt Family
November 26, 2017

Feelong better!

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Amy Marohl
August 19, 2022

Bob and his staff are wonderful! I had never done acupuncture before prior to my treatment here, mainly because I don’t like needles. The method Bob uses is basically painless. Highly recommend if you’ve never had acupuncture before and are hesitant like I was. As for the herbal medicine, I have been sleeping better, getting stronger, and my anxiety is going away since starting that part of the treatment. The amount of knowledge Bob has is incredible, and I am extremely thankful I found him and the clinic!

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Marcia Patty
September 27, 2023

This has been an amazing experience. We new we were at a point with our health that something had to change drastically. Weight loss, energy, less pain, it's amazing. The staff is awesome too.

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Nordic American
August 19, 2021

The Wellness Center has literally changed my life for the better. I was taking prescription medications for a form of RA and with the expertise of Robert Doane and staff, I no longer have any symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and have completely eliminated two of three medications. I am absolutely thrilled and thankful. I highly recommend The Wellness Center.

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Andrea Smith
August 3, 2019

Wonderful office with knowledgeable staff.

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Ashley
June 9, 2023

For any students or practitioners of Chinese medicine who are looking to learn a method that truly works and to avoid years of painstaking trial and error, look no further. I have had the sincere pleasure of shadowing the Doanes for the past year as their resident acupuncturist and it has been a real game changer and major confidence booster - It has been the mentorship experience I was always hoping for! Most students upon graduating get overwhelmed and lost in the weeds with diagnosis and treatment, but the approach at their wellness center is logical, scientifically based, highly effective, and founded on almost 30 years of clinical experience. I cannot speak highly enough of Bob and Anne Doane - they are exceptional teachers, highly knowledgeable and experienced practitioners, deeply compassionate healers, and wonderful family people. Every day I feel SO grateful to be a part of such an amazing practice at a clinic that really feels like “family.” No where else can a new practitioner see upwards of 25 patients a day - a volume that really lends itself to invaluable learning experience. I also have to mention that I’m a huge fan of the Doane’s teaching website - it’s a treasure trove of knowledge that Bob and Anne have amassed over several years that will really take your practice and skills to the next level. I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the structure, quality, and flow of their practice. Instead of operating as a “band-aid” clinic in which you may see a patient 1-3 times and never know if you actually helped, the Doane’s have created a system in which patients will experience a total or near complete resolution of major and chronic health issues over the course of a few months (typically around 4-6 months) a type of dedication, thoroughness, and follow-through that is unheard of in our medicine. Learning from and practicing with Bob and Anne was the best decision I have made for my budding career - these guys are the real deal!

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TKfamily 96
May 13, 2017

I have a chronic digestive issue and have scar tissue due to abdominal surgeries that was causing pelvic pain. After only one acupuncture treatment and two doses of herbs, my pain is gone and my elimination is normal again. I'm very excited to continue treatment over the next few months. And I like Bob! He doesn't beat around the bush and really knows his stuff. We have lived in different places and I have been to many practitioners and he really is the best.

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Marylou Aaland
December 23, 2019

Your staff is caring, knowledgeable and thoughtful.

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mario duran
March 25, 2016

When I first went in to the wellness center I had my doubt. I have been going to the VA for over 5 years with no relief from the pain I was in. After 5 weeks I can can walk and even jog a little. I have hope to even start running agian.

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Ron Smith
August 1, 2018

Great people, very Zen

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Sydney Lynn
June 30, 2019

Amazing. That is all.

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Joe and Luci Patrick
September 29, 2019

When I started here 6months ago I knew my health was very poor. I was way over weight and knew that my heart would be bad and I would have diabetes if I didn't do something soon. I needed medications daily for pain, swelling, acid reflux, restless legs, cramps in all of my muscles including around my heart. I was weak and got short of breath just trying to tie my shoe. In the last six months, I have lost 40lbs and still working, I am off all my medications and doing well, my pain level has gone from a 9/10 most everyday to a 0-1/10 daily. I do not have swelling, and my energy level has climbed back to when I was in my 30's. I am sleeping well and best of all, I am no longer putting chemicals in my body that don't belong there. The people who work here are kind and understanding and were never judgmental, just helpful and encouraging. Its worth every penny I have spent. If you are considering it, try it. Ive never regretted the decision to fully commit

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Patrick Brent King
August 11, 2018

I am also an acupuncturist Licensed in California and New York. I was valedictorian of my 2012 class at PCOM NYC. I worked in a busy Chinese Herbal pharmacy in New York City while in school. I have always sought out the best teachers in my profession. I have had the privilege to come to Washington and study with Bob Doane. He is highly respected with in our acupuncture community. Seattle/ Poulsbo is very lucky to have him in their community, but as I was there with Bob I realized that people come from all over the globe to be seem and treated by him. For those of you reading reviews, I highly recommend Bob and AWCPS as he is one of the best in our field. For so many conditions Chinese medicine can truly do miracles as it brings the body back to balance. But if your looking for a quick fix and your unwilling to invest in your health, this may not be the best fit for you.

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Kathryn Kleber
June 13, 2018

Life changing! Bob has been a great health advisor and I have brought family and staff to maximize our health, our family and our company. Thank you Bob, and the entire staff.

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Lisa B
March 24, 2017

This place has helped me feel better than I have in years!

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Brittani Temple
March 26, 2024

Best experience I have ever had with a doctor. All the staff members are thorough and make me feel comfortable. This is the healthiest I've ever felt and I know it's because of this team.

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Denise Simpson
November 19, 2020

I’ve been going for over a year and I feel so much better. I’ve been able to get off my blood pressure medicine, have more energy, and sleep better. The staff is very kind and professional.

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Henry Van Liew
May 17, 2019

I always have a great experience when dealing with the Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic . They have taken good care of me and help me get healthy .

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Carolyn Perez
December 21, 2019

Meeting Bob and his staff gave me a sense of relief, my health has been in a rampage for the last 10 years. Within a week of using the herbal teas I have to say I slept better! My energy level has increased. Still dealing with my issues, but more confident I’m doing baby steps forward for recuperating! I live in Florida, but met the staff during a visit in Seattle. Love talking to his staff and feel confident!

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Derek Egge
January 26, 2018

Highly perceptive and compassionate health experts

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Bonnie Wallace
August 23, 2023

I've been treated by Dr. Bob Doane off and on for over 25 years. The first few times I went in were for acupuncture because I had lifted something wrong and was unable to turn my head/neck. Within a single session I had 80% of my range back, and had 100% of my range back by the 2nd session. Where I think Bob really shines is with his deep knowledge of Chinese herbs, and with reading pulses. Years ago I went to him with a top MD's working diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disorder (Wegener's granulomatosis) and which the best Seattle pulmonary specialists were unable to help me with. I could not breathe without incredibly sharp lung pain, nor could I get a decently deep breath at all. My quality of life was severely impacted and I felt like I was dying. It was terrifying. Bob did some research and began mixing up herbs. The first batch did nothing. The second batch made all the symptoms worse! But I was desperate so we kept trying different mixes. Bear in mind that this is a rare disorder. On the third try, it was like an actual miracle: I could breathe deeply for the first time in several years, and my pain was completely gone. I cannot tell you how grateful and relieved I felt. But I do feel he saved my life. I can't imagine what might have happened if I had given up after the first or second round of herbs while we worked together to find the right mix. His work is both an art and a science. Over the years I went from having to take that mix of herbs three times a day to be able to breathe/stay pain free, down to twice a day, then once a day, then finally to once a week, then once every few weeks. Herbs have done for me what modern Western medicine could not. (Don't get me wrong, I also believe in Western medicine. They both have their strengths). Decades later, I see Dr. Bob periodically and have the formula updated and tweaked. I'm in great health, and feel strongly that Dr. Bob and his skill, knowledge, and persistence in finding the right herbs to treat my rare disorder have given me my life back. He cares deeply about his patients, and my life and health are a living testimonial to that.

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Maria Jaimes
August 4, 2020

Great people, great place to treat your health problems.

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Elizabeth Feldman
September 5, 2019

Chinese medicine for the win

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Ron Erickson
December 21, 2019

A first class professional organization. Great staff and it’s Chinese medicine practitioners are world renowned. Worth a trip from Seattle or beyond to avail yourself of expert diagnostics and treatment.

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Yoko Soso
April 7, 2023

Bob Doane and his clinic changed my life. I was struggling with my health for years and tried just about everything under the sun until I finally found the acupuncture and wellness center. I would give them 10 stars if that was possible. I strongly recommend this clinic.

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Brittany M
December 22, 2017

Been going to these guys for years. Kyleen is amazing. I first started coming for nausea issues back in 2015. They got me in the day after calling and were able to provide me with instant relief - my regular GP could not ID my problem and had already racked up $800 worth of tests and could not provide me with any relief. The nausea issue was completely resolved with the clinic after a few months. However during the treatment I was able to continure living my life. Which I was not able to before. Kyleens bedside manner is incredible. I feel like all my issues are addressed immediately and with great care. Bob can come across as rather brash, but he definitely knows his field.

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D D
January 15, 2023

Excellent care and great staff. I highly recommend them.

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Nola Burgess
March 2, 2017

Great treatment and therapy; highly recommend for a variety of conditions

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Lona Garner
April 16, 2019

Wow! Believe them!

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Thomas Reinhardt
October 5, 2019

Perfectly friendly and professional atmosphere. All of the staff are interested in creating a lasting relationship.

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M M
April 13, 2023

Coming from a western medicine point of view I was very skeptical at first. I decided to give it a try only because one of my friends is being treated at the clinic with (to me) incredible results. To see someone’s health turned around the way Bob and Ana were able to do it’s truly marvelous. Since I myself joined about a year ago, my health is also improving considerably and for this, I am very grateful. The staff is very friendly, professional and accommodating and I have no reservations recommending this clinic to my friends and family.

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Kim Toy
May 22, 2019

Dr. Doane and Dr. King are both very attentive listeners, very knowledgeable in their field, and skilled experts at Accupuncture. I have not worked with Dr. Lee, but she is always very friendly and pleasant when I see her. The main reason for trying the Acupuncture & Wellness Center is for my allergies. I am affected by 67 medically confirmed allergy groups, both environmental and food. For me, side effects of western medications are worse than my allergy symptoms. Taking one dose of “medicine” usually results in continuous slow nose bleeds for 2 days, or stomach cramps for 18 hours. Dr. Doane was honest with me up front, he would do all he could, but it would take several months to first reduce my symptoms and then strengthen my system against allergic reactions. This option was much more interesting to me than 2 years of bi-weekly allergy shots that would be still leave 20% of the allergies unaffected. The specialist himself recommended not doing the treatment because the end result would be the same: avoid crowds and avoid outdoors—year round—and wear a mask when I do. (Which I already do.) After two months, I have gone from 80%-100% congested throughout the day, to 0%-20% congested throughout the day. My acute reactions have lessened, and recovery time from an accurate reaction has decreased by about 30%. I am very pleased with my results so far. We are now moving to phase two and I am excited to see what happens.

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Destiny Skansie
November 1, 2023

I recently had the privilege of meeting Dr.Doane, who has completely surpassed all my expectations. After countless visits to various doctors, I can confidently say that this individual stands out as a true genius in his field. I am compelled to share my experience and write a review to express my utmost admiration and gratitude for his exceptional expertise and care. From the moment I stepped into his office, it was evident that this doctor possesses an unparalleled level of expertise. His extensive knowledge and understanding of medical science were truly impressive. It was evident that he has dedicated countless hours to perfecting this craft. This doctor's vast knowledge made me feel confident and assured in his abilities but more so gave me great hope! His ability to analyze my symptoms and accurately diagnose my condition was nothing short of extraordinary. -I’m truly grateful he made me believe again.

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Alan Herold
October 23, 2019

Fabulous experience. Exceptional, highly trained, devoted staff.

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Steve Hogg
April 13, 2019

Been a patient of the clinic for over six years and they have taken great care of me. My only criticism is wait times some days. Yesterday it was 25 minutes for a 5 minute consult!

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Andrew Layton
August 6, 2019

Great experience, I will use AWC for my primary care. Place is very clean and professional, The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. They were ready for me at appointment time and spent one on one time explaining my medical condition and health challenges in plain easy to understand language. For those who need an alternative or an exit from the conventional western medical system, AWC is a confidence inspiring choice.

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Judith Frace
August 3, 2019

Receive friendly, personalized care.

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Bruce Ward
September 15, 2019

Okay, if your in need of not only feeling better but getting better. You have to make an appointment, for years I've been dealing with many issues, and they actually listen and can set you on the correct path. I'm no longer taking prescription pills or the spray for my allergies,which have subsided greatly. I was on the verge of diabetes and now am below the threshold. My weight has decreased from 260 to 226, and continuing to go down. My acid reflux is just about gone. I'm more alert, focused and able to stay awake through out the day. My high blood pressure is now back in a healthy range, so looking forward to stop taking those pills soon. Cholesterol is getting into a normal range again.

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Cryptosaurus
September 19, 2019

Huge improvement in symptoms after just a few weeks of prescribed herbs and diet! Staff is a pleasure to work with. Looking forward to continued progress and treatment, thanks guys!

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jerry bannister
February 23, 2020

Great experience with the staff and appreciate all the explanations on acupuncture and our program we have set up. first time for me, they really do make it easy being driven by their desire to make my life better. Look forward to the next year, Jerry Bannister

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Teresa Summers
April 12, 2018

The very best of every thing healthy.

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Health Healy
May 23, 2019

Everyone is amazing. All very caring fantastic people. Helped me more than I can say. Thanks guys!

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Thomas Bolt
November 23, 2019

This place is a life saver. My Fiance has been going here for several months. Robert and his staff are extremely knowledgeable. They have given us cures where so many just gave us drugs. If you are truly serious about getting better this is the place for you.

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Carl Patty
November 16, 2023

Came to get a little pain relief. Almost 3 and a half months in and down 42 pounds. I haven't felt this good in decades. Bob, Anna, Ashley and the rest of the staff are wonderful.

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Kyle Baumgartner
June 11, 2019

They are the best at what they do. Hands down.

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Spencer Thomas
October 24, 2019

Great people, service, and facilities. I enjoy my visits.

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Michael Greer
February 16, 2019

The Best. I've never felt or looked better!

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Charlene Moore
December 16, 2018

This place is amazing. I have several serious illnesses that doctors were overmedication. Got on their herb and diet program and seriously I have felt this good in years. The best!

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Sharon Melton
May 25, 2018

if u have issues that regular medicine hasn't helped, try Chinese medicine...it really works...

Embark on Your Journey to Relief

Don’t let GERD hold you back any longer. Discover the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and find the relief you’ve been searching for at Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S., outside Seattle, WA. Our team is here to support and guide you every step of the way. With individualized care and a holistic approach, you can embrace a life with reduced GERD-related symptoms and heightened well-being.