In 2010, digestive problems were said to affect nearly 70 million people in the United States. Demonstrating no bias, chronic, gastrointestinal conditions affect people of all races, genders, and ages, and are a costly proposition for most. For patients living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ulcers, hemorrhoids, bloating, and other painful conditions of the GI tract, acupuncture has shown itself to be a treatment that alleviates pain, distress, and the anxiety that often accompanies these symptoms.
There are a number of diagnoses for which acupuncture is a welcome, much needed, and sought after treatment. The conditions to which we refer are far more than just “a tummy ache” or ones that cause mild discomfort. These diagnoses require long term management that often involve invasive tests and embarrassing symptoms. And because most serotonin receptors reside within the GI tract, patients frequently have to be monitored for depression and related mental health conditions, as well.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Considered a functional disorder of the bowel, manifestations of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, do not show up on X-rays, scans, or blood tests. Diagnosis is determined by patient self reports that include chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, or a combination of both. IBS can be debilitating and result in missed pay due to work absences, as well as limited social interactions to a large degree, because of the sheer amount of time sufferers require the bathroom and fear leaving it.
Acupuncture can remedy symptoms of IBS by stimulating points LI 20 and LI1, both part of the Large Intestine Meridian. When these points are stimulated by acupuncture needles, they can in turn stimulate intestinal motility and alleviate IBS- related constipation. And because acupuncture must be performed in a calm, quiet, and peaceful environment, relaxation and breathing encourage quiet within, too.
Known also as heartburn, dyspepsia is often the result of poor eating habits, excessive use of certain medications, and underlying medical conditions. Dyspepsia is a reversible condition that can be both treated and resolved.
According to data shared by the Healthcare Medicine Institute, stimulation of meridians SP4 and PC6 have produced more improvement than regularly prescribed heartburn medication. These results have been confirmed by medical tests and have also shown reductions in abdominal distention, the sensation of burning, and gastric irritation.
Nausea is unpleasant for those who suffer either chronically or intermittently. For those who experience nausea on a regular basis due to chemotherapy or an underlying disease, life can be miserable. There are antiemetics that promote immediate relief for periodic bouts of nausea, but long term relief can be achieved through acupuncture.
By stimulating pressure point P6, acupuncture can alleviate nausea and motion sickness related to pregnancy, chemotherapy, mild upset stomach, and post- operative recovery.
Gastritis occurs as a result of biliary problems, infections, or H. pylori, a bacteria that lives within the stomach lining whose presence can lead to the development of a multitude of diseases. Gastric inflammation can be remarkably painful and lead to additional, sometimes terminal conditions. The possibility of blood loss and the development of digestive cancers increases if this condition goes untreated.
In a study published in 2016, conducted by medical researchers of Chenzhou, China’s First People’s Hospital, the use of acupuncture in meridians CV6, CV4, ST36, SP6, and ST25 in conjunction with moxibustion, proved more effective than standard, medicinal treatment for gastritis. By unblocking the chi flowing through the liver, spleen, and stomach, a series of acupressure treatments proved remarkably effective over time.
Digestive Problems and Acupuncture
When it comes to locating an acupuncturist in Florida who understands and knows how to treat digestive conditions through the use of acupuncture, one need look no further than the care and treatment provided by Dr. Michael Forman, DOM of Sound Acupuncture of Miami. Dr. Forman welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and get you on a digestive path of health and healing.
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