Digestive disorders may indicate overall health imbalance. Often due to chronic stress, digestive symptoms in the body can be a result of endocrine and nervous system hyperactivity. Symptoms of digestive disorders may include: Concentration difficulties, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, anemia, muscle cramps, low energy, and weight loss. It is estimated that approximately 62 million Americans experience digestive problems on a regular basis.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) utilizes acupuncture and moxibustion (burning mugwort or other medicinal herbs on selected acupuncture points) for the treatment of digestive disorders. Moxibustion acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, tonifies deficient imbalances and is effective in the treatment of many gastrointestinal conditions.
Digestive disorders indicate that there is a disharmony between the body organs responsible for digestion. This disharmony is commonly caused by lifestyle factors and diet, which put a strain on the digestive system. When prolonged over a period of many years, digestive disorder imbalances occur. Changes in these lifestyle factors and diet modification is often integrated into the acupuncture course of treatment. TCM corrects the imbalances and regulates digestion.
Specific acupuncture points increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation and reduce gastric acid secretion, making acupuncture beneficial in treating general gastrointestinal symptoms. In conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine and stress reduction techniques, acupuncture can nourish related organs, minimize symptoms and contribute to medication-free digestive system health maintenance.
Acupuncture is effective in treating most digestive disorders including: Bacterial infections, peptic ulcers, heartburn, lactose intolerance, gastrointestinal tract bleeding, inflammatory conditions, and hiatus hernia syndrome. Acupuncture has demonstrated effectiveness in managing chemotherapy medication digestive side effects and digestive symptoms following anesthesia. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive imbalance as well as a wide range of medical conditions. For more information about acupuncture for the treatment of digestive disorders contact Dr. Richard Browne at (305) 595-9500.