Gastrointestinal Disorders

Digestion problems can range from minor annoyances such as gas and bloating, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, to life-threatening illnesses such as ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease and various cancers that target digestive organs. Whatever the case, it is always worth being proactive about our digestive health.

Most digestion problems respond very well to acupuncture and herbal treatment. Making dietary changes that restore and detoxify the gut also enhances treatment progress.

Digestion is one of the main reference points for gauging one's overall health. If there are weaknesses or imbalances here, it is likely that one's overall health is compromised.

Maintaining healthy digestion is an essential component in our quest for optimal health. If digestion is weak, it will lead to a myriad of unwanted symptoms that decrease one's quality of life. We understand how frustrating and disruptive digestive problems can be.

The good news is that we have successfully treated, with acupuncture and herbs, many of our patients suffering from digestion problems.

Let's take a look at a few common digestive disorders and how acupuncture can help...

Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS is a very common problem that affects millions of Americans. Doctors will often diagnose IBS or irritable bowel syndrome 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.

We have treated several patients with IBS, usually with very positive results. Acupuncture theory 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 relaxing the liver and strengthening the spleen.

Acupuncture and Constipation

The standard American diet can easily lead to chronic constipation. This diet is low in fiber and antioxidants and high in difficult to digest additives and refined ingredients.

Many, many people are constipated and they don't even know it. 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, and in just a few treatments. There are also several natural herbal remedies and nutritional supplements that can relieve constipation and heal the underlying imbalances.

Acupuncture and Diarrhea

Chronic diarrhea can be dangerous for your health. It is still one of the leading causes of death in the world. Diarrhea is related to spleen weakness or intestinal inflammation.

It is always a top treatment priority to heal this condition. Stress and anxiety can trigger regular bouts of diarrhea, as can processed and refined foods. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs work very effectively to regulate bowel movements and eliminate diarrhea.

Acupuncture and Bloating / Gas

These symptoms tend to arise from eating too much or too fast, excessive stress, refined foods, coffee and alcohol, and sugar. Aside from slowing down and eating less of these foods, suggestions can be made in terms of supplementing with Chinese herbal formulas. Acupuncture treatment also strengthens the spleen and stomach, relieving the symptoms of bloating and gas.


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