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Acupuncture For Digestive Issues


Many people have digestive problems but are unable to identify the root of the issue. Using Chinese medicine diagnosis, we can determine which organs need treatment and customize your care to regulate and revitalize your digestive system. Traditional Chinese Medicine can help find and treat the underlying cause of digestive upset or irregularity. Our treatment plan often includes dietary changes using the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition to discover what your digestive system reacts to and how your can modify your diet to reflect the needs of your body. 

The digestive system is very delicate, and even slight changes can throw your whole system out of balance. Acupuncture can help by improving your current digestive function as well as setting the stage for more balanced digestive health. Acupuncture can be used for a wide range of diagnosed gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and even gallstones. It can also be an effective treatment for postoperative digestive trouble, ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and vomiting. For digestive issues, it is important to make sure that blood is flowing well to each of the organs involved in digestion. Reducing inflammation and balancing good and bad bacteria is also a primary focus. 

Acupuncture can also be highly effective for indigestion, reflux, GERD, and some types of vomiting symptoms. Treatment for these symptoms involves helping to regulate the small and large intestines in addition to assistant the stomach to regulate acidity. Acupuncture is also an effective treatment for ulcers, which are caused by an accumulation of stomach acid that can cause erosion. Acupuncture can help calm the fire and acid in the stomach, decreasing the recurrence of ulcers and the pain they cause.

Digestion According To Traditional Chinese Medicine


Your digestive system turns the foods you eat into energy and nutrients for your body. Many digestive disorders such as bloating, constipation, and indigestion are a result of disharmony between the liver, stomach and spleen meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Using acupuncture can be very helpful balance the meridians to heal digestive issues. Acupuncture can be used for instant relief of digestive discomfort or for long-term relief of chronic conditions. A temporary (recent onset) digestive issue can typically be resolved in very few sessions. For persistent or chronic problems such as long term constipation or diarrhea, regular acupuncture treatments can help to regulate the balance of bacteria, enzymes and improve the health of digestive organs. For inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis, research from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information shows that acupuncture can decrease the “colitis activity index” used to measure the severity of the symptoms. Acupuncture treatment for these conditions works with the whole body, as the digestive system is connected to many other regulatory processes in the body.

Treatment Designed For You


Acupuncture treatments rely on several different methods to understand what your body needs: your acupuncturist will check your pulse, your tongue, and ask a series of questions to uncover the underlying cause of your digestive troubles. The physical process of using acupuncture for your digestive health would involve using acupoints all over the body including points on the arms, legs, and stomach. As a holistic practice, our practitioners may also discuss dietary changes, supplements, or Chinese herbs to help regulate your digestive system.

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