Can acupuncture be used for Gastrointestinal Disorders?
Recent studies have shown how acupuncture can cure digestive disorders and gastrointestinal diseases like abdominal bloating and colitis. Acupuncture sessions can relieve bloating and inflammation and can have targeted effects on internal organs.
If you have one of the conditions mentioned on this article, you may find it difficult to eat your favorite foods or even participate in certain social activities. Chinese Medicine in general views digestion and bodily functions as a key part in how the systems of the body function. Acupuncturists are trained to identify symptoms of imbalance within different energy systems and can target and correct many disorders through the use of acupuncture.
Many acupuncture patients right away after just a couple sessions, notice the benefits of acupuncture such as increased energy levels, improved digestion, decreased body weight, and improved mental and emotional functionality.
How Does Acupuncture Help Fight GI Symptoms?
Very fine acupuncture needles are placed at specific points on the body to stimulate Qi (pronounced “chi”). A kind of signaling within the channels (sometimes called meridians) takes place that connects the body’s tissues and major organs, such as the stomach and small and large intestines.
So you can see how through direct means of acupuncture, many GI (gastrointestinal) disorders can be alleviated. In other words, acupuncture stimulates the brain into releasing pain-relieving endorphins which helps reduce the frequency of Crohn’s and Colitis flair-ups and prevents other digestive diseases from occurring.
Certain conditions can cause a slow movement of materials through our digestive tracts and maybe even produce waste gases. This condition may cause discomfort and abdominal bloating.
An experienced acupuncturist can help you recover from an upset digestive system to a proper balance by stimulating intestinal contractions. In most cases acupuncture can help gastrointestinal disorders, but in severe cases it is always wise to visit a physician.
What Disorders Can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture has had many beneficial effects on almost any kind of disorder including lowering blood pressure. The National Institutes of Health this year has officially recognized the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in general as an effective in treatment for over forty conditions, including:
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders: such as arthritis, low back pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder, and tendonitis
- Gynecological Disorders: such as menstrual cramps, PMS, ovarian cysts, and fertility
- Gastro-Intestinal Disorders: such as indigestion, diarrhea, heartburn, constipation, nausea, acid reflux, heart burn, ulcers, colitis, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and morning sickness
- Respiratory Disorders: such as asthma, allergies, common cold, flu, and sinusitis
- Neurological Disorders: such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, Bell’s palsy, and post-stoke paralysis
- Circulatory Disorders: such as high cholesterol and hypertension
- Psycho-Emotional Disorders: such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness, and even smoking
- Uro-Genital Disorders: such as impotence, urinary tract infection, and incontinence
Acupuncture Helps With Acid Reflux
Acid reflux, an often annoying digestive disorder, causes your stomach acid to back up all the way into your esophagus.
If you experience acid reflux quite often through the week, your doctor may diagnose with you with acid reflux disease. A common treatment for acid reflux is acupuncture!
Acid reflux, or heartburn, as it is commonly called, is a digestive disorder affecting approximately half of all Canadian in 2015. Most people who have acid reflux usually get it about once or twice a month, and around 20 percent feel it roughly once a week or so.
One of the most common symptoms of acid reflux is heartburn, vomiting, nausea, and even frequent burping. The following conditions may cause acid reflux:
- Lying down after eating
- Eating fatty foods
- Caffeinated beverages
- Certain medications