Digestion & Gastrointestinal

Digestive Health & Metabolism

Acupuncture for digestive problems is safe and effective way to naturally treat many acute and chronic conditions of the digestive system. If you’ve tried conventional medicine to keep digestive problems in check without success, consider acupuncture which is a holistic treatment without side effects.

 

Acupuncture can help in treating many digestive disorders including:

  • Bacterial infections

  • Peptic ulcers

  • Heartburn

  • Lactose intolerance

  • Gastrointestinal tract bleeding

  • Inflammatory conditions

  • Hiatus hernia syndrome

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How does Acupuncture treatment help?


Using acupuncture for digestive problems works by nourishing related organs, reducing inflammation of the stomach and pancreas and improving digestive functions. During a treatment, the practitioner will identify certain acupuncture points on the body, typically those that speed up metabolism, increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation, reduce gastric acid secretion, regulate small and large intestine function, and restores stomach acidity to normal levels.

In conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine and stress reduction techniques, acupuncture for digestive problems is beneficial in the treatment of general gastrointestinal symptoms. In addition to acupuncture for digestive problems, moxibustion — a technique of applying the herb mugwort to acupuncture points — may also be utilized as an anti-inflammatory agent and to tonify imbalances. Individuals often experience long-term symptomatic relief with acupuncture for digestive problems, as well as decreased stress and improved energy.

Acupuncture for digestive problems may integrate recommendations for diet and lifestyle modifications in order to correct dietary imbalances and regulate digestion. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture for digestive problems as an effective treatment for digestive imbalance.

Nutrition & Food Therapy

 

Chinese Medicine views digestion like a pot of soup constantly simmering on the stove at low heat. When we eat, we are adding ingredients to that pot of soup, and the quality of those ingredients greatly affects our health, and ultimately, how we look.

For example, if we add very cold things like iced drinks or ice cream to that pot, it takes a lot of energy to bring it back to a temperature where it is simmering again. The same is true of a lot of raw fruits and vegetables. It uses up energy to digest those foods.

However, if they are cooked lightly, those same foods are much easier to digest. That’s why the Chinese diet rarely consists of eating or drinking cold or raw foods.

Some guidelines for diet and digestion:

  • Avoid iced drinks, ice cream, and too many raw fruits and vegetables.

  • If you need to improve your digestion, turn to soups and stews, as they are the most easily digested way to get the nutrients you need.

  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol, as it is dehydrating.

  • Very spicy foods are difficult to digest, and eating them too frequently can damage your digestion.

  • Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, especially the colorful vegetables, and leafy greens.

  • Dietary therapy is included in all acupuncture sessions. Specific recommendations based on the principles of Chinese Medicine and your individual needs are discussed.