Although most digestive disorders do not seem to be life-threatening, one’s digestive health is, nevertheless, an important building block for the health and vitality of the whole body. The digestive system extracts nutrients from the food that we eat and process it into energy and resources needed for each cell within the body. It also eliminates the left-over waste and toxic by-products accumulated internally.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the health of the digestive system is seen as the core that the other systems depend on for sustenance and strength. Without the needed nourishment and energy, cells in the other organ systems may wither and decrease in their functional capability. When toxins are accumulated in the colon over a prolonged period of time, they get circulated throughout the body and may damage other cells.
Most people will have some digestive issues from time to time, but if the problem turns into a chronic disorder, it will be important to address it and prevent it from draining the health of the body.
Constipation, chronic diarrhea, poor appetite, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD), abdominal pain, excessive gas and bloating, and indigestion are some of the most common digestive disorders that can be treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncture can stimulate the nerves that control the digestive tract to re-regulate its function and reduce spasms. Some Chinese herbs can also decrease chronic inflammation, stimulate enzyme production, and strengthen digestive functions. Often times, stress may be an underlying issue that either causes or aggravates the digestive problems. When this is the case, acupuncture and herbal medicine can also address the stress to help the patient’s body regain functional order and balance.
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