Professional Acupuncture Can Help Treat Digestive DisordersFriday, November 10th, 2017
Your entire system is fed by the nutrients your digestive system takes in and absorbs. You cannot keep up with your family and your job, or feel healthy if you do not have a properly nourished body. Today, digestive disorders have become all too common and are caused by stress, emotional concerns, and an improper diet, among other factors. Digestive disorders can cause symptoms like burping, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome,) reflux, and heartburn.
Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are two treatment options which are effective in bringing relief from these symptoms. If you cannot tolerate herbal treatments because your system is too weak, a course of gentle acupuncture can strengthen your ability to handle them. You can nourish your body by taking in certain foods, leading to relief from diseases and increasing your energy. Common conditions treated with acupuncture include IBS, diarrhea, constipation, and Crohn’s Disease.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a difficult, upsetting, and common disorder. It usually starts in early adulthood with pain in the abdomen and many other symptoms including irritability, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and belching. By a ratio of three to one, more women than men tend to suffer from this condition. There is a link between onset of symptoms and levels of stress. No physical cause exists, so this is known as a purely functional disease. Standard treatments do not address the root cause, and cannot provide permanent results, but they do provide some symptomatic relief.
Viewing this condition from the perspective of Chinese medicine, IBS relates to the functioning of the stomach and spleen. Other digestive organs and the liver, which is responsible for the flow of qi through your body, are also involved. IBS symptoms are treated by focusing on digestion and emotions including anxiety, stress, and frustration.
Using Chinese herbs and acupuncture, your spleen and stomach are regulated and the course of liver qi is helped. The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health both recognize the effectiveness of using acupuncture to treat IBS symptoms. Causative factors associated with this disorder can also be treated by Chinese herbs and acupuncture. These include those that might trigger IBS like insomnia, acid reflux, PMS, fatigue, and anxiety.
Changes in diet and lifestyle are also important when treating IBS and its symptoms. Acupuncture is more powerful if you are able to add stress reduction techniques like yoga, exercise, and meditation to the treatment plan. Dietary changes that also make acupuncture more effective include eating easily digestible foods. Being aware of your triggers and avoiding them or preparing for them will also help. Traditional Chinese medicine is tailored to the individual for maximum effectiveness, so you should see a certified acupuncturist to know where to begin.
Diarrhea or constipation
When your body cannot digest food as it is supposed to, you might have diarrhea. A diet of heavy, greasy, or rich foods, side effects from medication, and emotional upset are all factors which can cause this uncomfortable situation. Your body may heal and be brought back into balance if you determine the root cause of the diarrhea. The goal is to heal the body, have proper digestion, and improve the operation of all of your body systems.
Constipation usually presents two ways. One is easily identifiable by hard and dry stools, showing that your body is deficient in fluids. The second kind of constipation is when you have difficulty expressing stool, which in Chinese medicine shows a qi deficiency in your body. Acupuncture is used to regain a normal bowel function and relieve constipation. This therapy helps this condition by nourishing the fluids, clearing the heat, or by tonifying the qi.
This is a difficult condition to live with, as it is a chronic inflammatory disease within the gastrointestinal tract. It usually hits people younger than 35 and has no known cause. Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal pain. Progression of Crohn’s includes gastrointestinal abscesses and complications involving skin, joints, the mouth, and eyes. Because the root cause is unknown, drugs are only used to relieve symptoms. Chinese medical theory lists the following causes of Crohn’s Disease: pathogenic invasions, diet, or a lack of constitutional qi.
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