Acupuncture and herbal medicine is a highly effective treatment for digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gastritis, acid reflux, Crohn’s Disease, ulcers, gallbladder pain, excess bile production, diverticulitis, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and more.
If left untreated, a compromised digestive system can lead to metabolic disorders, chronic abdominal pain, difficulty concentrating and learning, dehydration, and may lead to fatigue and other chronic conditions such as arthritis due to malnutrition.
Treatment serves to harmonize the functions of the liver, pancreas, stomach, spleen, and the small and large intestine. This allows the lining of the digestive tract to heal and become functional so that food is broken down more efficiently, there is greater absorption of nutrients, and waste and toxins are eliminated.
Acupuncture also serves to alleviate the stress response associated with digestive disorders. When a person is in pain, adrenaline and other hormones are secreted by the body as it struggles to re-balance itself and to alleviate pain. Over time, this response can become habitual. As adrenaline consistently stimulates the internal organs to work harder than normal, the organs become depleted. This depletion may cause chronic illness such as autoimmune disorders where the body starts to break itself down. In these cases, treatment is focused on breaking the nervous and the vascular systems’ habituated stress response.