Safe and Effective Treatment for Lasting Relief of Digestive Issues
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Halitosis (Bad Breath)
Nausea | Vomiting
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease
Weight Loss | Weight Gain
Proven as an effective means of treating all kinds of pain as well as other symptoms associated with digestive issues, acupuncture can be a safe and natural alternative or addition to Western medical treatment.
In the UK, digestive disorders are very common. One in five people are said to have IBS or GORD/GERD (Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease) with an estimated one in ten experiencing the harsh symptoms of GORD on a daily basis. One in ten people are also expected to have a stomach ulcer at some point their lives, and one in seven adults/one in three children are constipated. What may be reassuring, though, is that the symptoms associated with these conditions can be successfully treated with acupuncture.
Symptoms of Digestive Issues
Digestive disorders comprise a range of symptoms, such as abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or bowel pain, bloating, hyperacidity, heartburn, constipation, and diarrhoea. Ultimately, if these symptoms become chronic, they can lead to more systemic imbalances and cause symptoms like fatigue, weight gain or weight loss, frequent colds and flus, allergies, joint pain, and exacerbate skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.
Often people think that there is no real or lasting relief for their digestive symptoms, that they must rely on medications (often with side effects) for the rest of their lives or otherwise suffer the uncomfortable consequences. Sometimes as well, these medications do not quite do the trick, and people end up experiencing many of the symptoms anyway, often times just a little less intensely. There is a safe, natural and effective solution, however, and that is acupuncture. This is not to say that acupuncture is a cure-all, but it is very effective in treating the symptoms associated with gastrointestinal disorders, like the symptoms listed above.
Treatment for IBS, Stomach Pain and other Digestive Issues
Digestive disorders create symptoms that are nearly always influenced by at least some aspect of a person’s diet, and this aspect can either be causing the symptoms or worsening them. Since Chinese medicine has at its root an understanding of diet and how different foods, drinks and spices affect the body, then someone coming for treatment is also given dietary advice that helps, if implemented, to immediately reduce digestive symptoms and lead to a long-term solution.
Acute digestive symptoms, like bouts of diarrhoea or constipation, stomach bugs, periods of bowel pain, morning sickness, all of these can successfully be treated with acupuncture. Often times with 1 – 2 treatments, these symptoms can be quickly resolved. If these symptoms are more chronic, 3 – 5 treatments my be needed.
For long-term conditions such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, with acupuncture, symptoms are noticeably improved and much easier to mange. For other conditions like IBS, haemorrhoids, GORD, and so forth, many of the symptoms associated with these conditions can be alleviated altogether, and in many cases, within 4 – 8 weekly treatments.
Even if you feel that your bowels are just not working as well as they should or that you would like to feel less bloated or lose a bit of weight, acupuncture can help. It brings your digestion into balance, regulates your bowels and stomach acid secretion, increases gastrointestinal strength, and improves absorption of nutrients in the intestines. No matter what kind of digestive symptoms you experience, acupuncture can offer potent and effective relief.
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Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Digestive Disorders
For more information on the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of digestive disorders, please read Section 2.5 in the World Health Organization report Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. As well, in countries around the world, clinically significant randomised trials are being carried out on various conditions and their response to acupuncture. Listed on the NLM website (National Library of Medicine), the primary medical resource of the United States government, are reports from trials evaluating acupuncture’s effect on specific digestive conditions: GORD, Acid Reflux, Duodenal Ulcer, Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic Constipation, Constipation in Children, Nausea and Vomiting, Bloating, IBS, IBS with Diarrhoea, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Indigestion, Indigestion during Pregnancy, Morning Sickness, Weight Loss, Weight Loss in Children, Gallstones, Crohn’s Disease, and a brief overall review by Duke University Medical Center on the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in general.
Other Conditions Acupuncture Treats
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