Acupuncture for Digestive Problems
Are you suffering from new or life-long digestive issues? Even if you’ve had digestive problems your entire life, acupuncture can help.
Maybe it’s not your biggest health complaint, but if you’re like the vast majority of my acupuncture patients, there’s a problem to at least some extent with your digestion.
- have chronic constipation or loose stools
- have cramping pains
- have bloating that impacts your feelings of well-being
- are not absorbing food and end up with large food particles in your stool, as well as fatigue.
- have bowel urgency that gets worse in stressful situations
- have acid reflux
Because problems like this are so prevalent, I’m typically working on improving the digestion of every patient. The prognosis is generally very good – even for life-long problems.
And because digestion — and therefore good nutrient absorption — is so important for overall health and wellness, it is vital that we not only improve your digestive problems, but that we address it during the treatment of any ailment.
Whether caused by stress/anxiety, food allergies, auto-immunity, parasites, or just general poor health and weakness, I see great results using both acupuncture and herbs.
Acupuncture Treatment for Digestion
Acupuncture always works by first figuring out how all your symptoms are related to your own unique imbalances. Two people with the exact same digestive symptoms could have completely different underlying imbalances.
Being able to diagnose why you are having your symptoms, and how your imbalances are playing out, is the key to not only resolving your issues, but to treating any accompanying symptoms that go along with your imbalance.
Regardless of what your western diagnosis is, acupuncture looks underneath that diagnosis to find the root cause, and that’s where our treatment is targeted.
Chinese Herbs for Digestive Issues
I typically combine Chinese herbs with acupuncture treatment for most patients, because I see faster and more dramatic results.
Like the acupuncture points chosen, each herb is chosen not only for its individual effects, but for its synergistic effects with the other herbs in your customized herbal “formula”. The purpose is to help restore balance in the body and to correct that underlying root cause, in order to alleviate and prevent symptoms.
Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Other Nutritional Causes of Digestive Problems
In some cases, it is important to take a look at potential foods that could be causing your imbalances. I always choose a Chinese medicine treatment approach first, but in some cases, figuring out foods which could be playing into a person’s symptoms, and then avoiding them, can help us make huge strides forward in treatment.