Updated: Sep 3
Acupuncture effectively treats IBS and a host of other digestive ailments
In the US, 60-70 million people have some type of digestive disorder. Are you one of them?
Many that suffer with digestive issues, such as bloating, acid reflux, stomach pain, gas, constipation, loose stool, or ulcers, look for help, and are only given drugs and/or surgery as options.
Did you know that acupuncture can treat, and in many cases alleviate, digestive disorders and their symptoms?
There are many reasons people have digestive disorders. Diet is a big factor. Other complications can include a structural problem, medication side effects, stress, or an autoimmune origin such as Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. Regardless, acupuncture along with changes in diet can make bloating, discomfort, and uncomfortable bathroom trips a thing of the past.
A recent patient of mine came into the office with ulcerative colitis, suffering with symptoms of frequent bowel movements, pain, urgency, and bloody stool. She stated she'd been to numerous doctor's appointments and was tired of not getting results. Even trying supplements had made the problems worse.
After just several visits of acupuncture, she began noticing results, each session bring more and more relief, diminishing her symptoms. This is just one of many examples of a complete turn-around of bowel-related issues using acupuncture.
Ready to rumble?
A common term used in acupuncture is "stagnation." If the stomach and intestines are stagnated in any way, things won't be moving. During an acupuncture treatment, as the stagnation is being treated, the person can feel and sometimes hear lots of rumbling going on in the stomach - a great sign of healing and movement!
While the choosing of acupuncture points is dependent on the diagnosis of each patient, three common points are often used: ST 36, located on the leg, PC 6, located on the inside of the wrist, and REN 12, located on the abdomen. In addition to balancing the stomach, these points are also used for weight loss, nausea, and acid reflux.
The serious side
While bloating is uncomfortable and unsightly, deeper issues can be brewing with chronic digestive symptoms, inflammation, irritation, and trouble going to the bathroom.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. According to the ACS, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 23 for men and 1 in 26 for women. Bowel health is something to be taken seriously.
If you're ready to say bye-bye to bloating and other annoying belly symptoms, learn how to restore your gut microbiome (hint: taking probiotics is not the answer), and lose midsection fat, then give us a call!