Digestive Complaints

Digestive System Problems

It is estimated that approximately 62 million Americans experience the digestive problems on a regular basis which can cause concentration difficulties, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, anemia, muscle cramps, low energy, and weight change.

Digestive disorders may indicate overall health imbalance. In western medicine, these problems are often due to chronic stress, inappropriate lifestyle factors and diet,  endocrine and nervous system hyperactivity, etc.

Acupuncture Treatment for Digestive System Problems

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive imbalance as well as a wide range of medical conditions. Acupuncture is effective in treating most digestive disorders including: Bacterial infections, peptic ulcers, heartburn, lactose intolerance, gastrointestinal tract bleeding, inflammatory conditions, and hiatus hernia syndrome.

According to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the Western medicine explanation of acupuncture is that chemicals are released to the muscles, spinal cord and brain when the acupuncture points are stimulated. Many researched indicate that specific acupuncture points can increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation and reduce gastric acid secretion, making acupuncture beneficial in treating general gastrointestinal symptoms. In addition, acupuncture has demonstrated effectiveness in managing chemotherapy medication digestive side effects and digestive symptoms following anesthesia. Combined with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture can nourish related organs, minimize symptoms and contribute to medication-free digestive system health maintenance.

While traditional Chinese medicine experts believe that channels of energy, which are called meridians, run throughout the body and over the surface of the skin providing nourishment to the whole body. When those meridians are obstructed,  acupuncture can help release the blocked-up energy flowing in the meridians, which can aids your organs in correcting imbalances in the digestion and absorption process.

According to the practical experience, most digestion problems respond very well to acupuncture and herbal treatment. For examples:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): This is a very common problem that affects millions of Americans. Doctors will often diagnose IBS when the patient’s symptoms don’t seem to match up with anything else, so they call it irritable bowel. This disorder is characterized by bowels fluctuating from constipation to diarrhea with intermittent abdominal pain or distention. People with IBS tend to be sensitive to a variety of foods including high fiber foods, refined sugar, wheat, and gluten products. Symptoms can continue indefinitely and can be resistant to conventional treatments. Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that IBS typically involves a disharmony between the energies of the liver and the spleen. The liver becomes hyperactive due to stress, anger, and frustration, which causes it to weaken the spleen, causing loose bowels and fatigue. Acupuncture treatment involves soothing the liver and strengthening the spleen.
  • Constipation: Many people are constipated. They may have regular bowel movements, but they are still not flushing their systems thoroughly, which creates intestinal toxicity. Intestinal cleansing is often a top priority in healing numerous chronic health problems. Acupuncture works very well for constipation. There are also several natural herbal remedies and nutritional supplements that can relieve constipation and heal the underlying imbalances.
  • Diarrhea: Diarrhea is related to spleen weakness or intestinal inflammation. Stress and anxiety can also trigger it. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs work very effectively to regulate bowel movements and eliminate diarrhea.
  • Bloating / Gas: These symptoms tend to arise from eating too much or too fast, excessive stress, refined foods, coffee, alcohol, and sugar. Aside from slowing down and eating less of these foods, suggestions can be made in terms of treatment and supplementing with Chinese herbal formulas. After finding out which pattern/energy imbalance the patient has, acupuncturist can use acupuncture treatment to bring the balance back and to relieve the symptoms of bloating and gas.

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