Seattle Acupuncture &  Pain Management 

916 E Miller St    Seattle, WA 98102     Phone: (206) 459-3704  

Conditions Treated » Digestive Pain

Digestive issues can range anywhere from Gas and Bloating, Acid Reflux, Ulcers, Stomach Pain, IBS, Diverticulitis, Chrohn’sor Colitis....

 

These conditions may vary in their levels of severity or frequency. Regardless, they can be quite distressing when they occur.

In TCM, the Stomach, Spleen and Large Intestines are specifically related to digestive function.

In Oriental Medicine, the health of the digestive system is seen as the core that all body systems depend on for sustenance, strength, and immunity. Without the needed nourishment and energy, the other organ systems suffer. Most people will have some digestive issues from time to time, but if the problem turns into a chronic disorder, it is important to address it and prevent it from effecting you daily health.

Constipation, chronic diarrhea, poor appetite, acid reflux,irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD), abdominal pain, excessive gas and bloating, and indigestion, Crohns and Diverticulitis are some of the most common digestive disorders that can be treated effectively 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.

 

Acupuncture Effectively Treats Food Poisoning

The Traditional Chinese Medicine view of food poisoning is generally classified as dampness and heat in the spleen, stomach and intestines. Digestion is controlled by the spleen and stomach according to TCM theory.

Acupuncture Shows Promise in Treating Acid Reflux Disease

Acupuncture and other Oriental Medicine treatments are designed to address the root of the disorder, so that the patient will not require a long term medication regimen.

An initial diagnosis will determine the appropriate protocol for each patient. In the Oriental Medical system, GERD is not viewed as a single disorder, rather it is the result of a number of possible patterns of disease, which manifest with similar symptoms.

The practitioner will design an individual treatment protocol for the patients unique presentation. Often, in addition to acupuncture the practitioner will prescribe an herbal formula.

Can acupuncture treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Yes, it can. A number of studies have been conducted on treating IBS with Chinese medicine, with very promising results.