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Digestive Health

Your ability to digest food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate toxins is the foundation of your whole body's health. Chinese medicine doctors have been passing down effective treatment strategies for optimizing digestive function for over 2,000 years. We now know that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is effective for GI diseases through various biological mechanisms

Acupuncture is Commonly Used for the Following Digestive Issues

Abdominal pain  (from peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

Bloating

Constipation/Diarrhea

Acid Reflux

Indigestion

Nausea and Vomiting

IBD

Disorders of gut-brain interaction, or Functional GI disorders such as Functional Dyspepsia and IBS

Microbiome dysbiosis

Excess or weak appetite

Sensation of fullness or pressure

Weak digestion leading to fatigue

Digestive issues leading to insomnia

Regulate and Optimize Your System

Acupuncture and Moxabustion

Traditionally, acupuncture is understood to benefit digestion by regulating the flow of Qi. This is actually easy to understand when it comes to digestion. There's a specific direction of flow of food through the digestive tract. When that is interrupted by things like emotions or pathogens, there will be obvious signs. If there is stagnation to the downward flow, perhaps with a stressful situation, it's common to experience indigestion, heartburn or bloating. The downward flow is inhibited, so the food is sitting in place or going up instead of down. There are acupuncture points on the arms, legs and torso to regulate this flow and relieve symptoms. 

Moxabustion is a type of heat therapy that is often used in conjunction with acupuncture. It relaxes spasming and can warm and nourish the metabolic fire. This is especially important in "cold and deficient" issues like most types of chronic diarrhea and belly gurgling (borborygmus).

Modern researchers are looking at biological mechanisms to understand what exactly the acupuncture is doing. They are finding that acupuncture regulates the communication between the nervous system and the digestive system, or the Gut-Brain Axis. It also can reduce inflammation (measured by specific inflammatory markers) in the lining of the gut and the organs. Believe it or not, acupuncture can even change the microbiome and shift it towards a healthier balance of micro-organisms in the intestines! That's pretty amazing. 

Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is an incredibly sophisticated science. The herbs are powerful, and used in combinations called formulas in order to exert a very specific effect on the body. Because the effects are so specific, it's essential that the formula matches the imbalance in the patient. Chinese herbal formulas are an important part of the treatment plan in order to get the best results for digestion related disorders. 

Nutritional Guidance

It's essential to look at the diet when there is any health imbalance. Food can be medicine, and it can also be the cause of our symptoms. Many people who are seeking holistic health options like acupuncture have already started to work on their diets and are learning what helps and what harms. We will take another look through the Eastern Nutrition lens to see how we can optimize your diet for your unique constitution and challenges.

Meditation, Movement and Qi Gong

Stress management is essential to healthy digestion. Many people live in a state constant stress in their nervous systems. This sympathetic state does not activate the many functions involved in digestion, like releasing stomach acid and enzymes, absorbing nutrients, and moving food through the digestive tract.This causes many common issues like acid reflux, dyspepsia, bloating, constipation and IBS. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to relax and get into the "rest and digest" parasympathetic nervous system. Unfortunately, daily acupuncture isn't an option. That's where a daily practice like meditation, exercise, and Qi Gong and serve you on your path to health. We can discuss these different methods and find ways to incorporate these essential activities into your daily life.

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