Digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and food intolerance are increasingly prevalent today. Symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation are very common. Naturally these symptoms have a huge impact on our quality of life. Simply avoiding certain foods often is not enough to reduce discomfort or socially awkward situations of having to regularly dash to the loo. If you’ve tried conventional medicine to keep digestive problems in check without success, consider acupuncture for digestive disorders, which is a holistic health approach with few or no side effects.
Digestive disorders and acupuncture
Acupuncture for digestive disorders is a natural health maintenance therapy. It is generally considered to be a safe way to naturally help with many acute and chronic conditions of this important body system. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, most chronic digestive complaints stem from a depletion of Qi (energy) in the stomach and spleen. Traditionally these two organs in TCM receive the food and liquid we consume and convert it into Qi, which is then distributed throughout our body. If for some reason our stomach Qi has been weakened it will be unable to carry out this function properly. The dynamic activities of the gut such churning, breaking down, absorbing and eliminating will become compromised, creating those nasty symptoms and intolerance such as fructose malabsorption, lactose malabsorption and gluten sensitivity (excluding Celiac disease).
How does acupuncture help with digestive disorders?
The World Health Organization recommends acupuncture treatment as effective for some common digestive problems such as ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, diverticulitis, gas, indigestion and ulcers. Acupuncture for digest disorders can also help with some other stomach issues such as upset stomach or sour stomach. These problems are associated with heat, dampness or over indulgence in improperly balanced foods for your weakened digestive state. Acupuncture may assist with boosting your metabolism, regulating the digestive process, increasing the gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation and reduce acid secretion.
Contact us for a consultation
We use acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to help with digestive disorders. We also give our recommendations for diet and lifestyle modifications in order to correct dietary imbalances and regulate digestion. For more information regarding acupuncture for digestive disorders, please call your closest location (Perth Clinic: 57/76 Newcastle Street (08) 9228 8828, Subiaco Clinic: 6/1 Sheen Street (08) 9380 4171). Alternatively, you can send us your queries through our online contact page.