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Digestive Disorders and Acupuncture

More than 95 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders ranging from constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome to more serious conditions such as acid reflux (GERD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In fact, more than 35 million physician office visits a year are due to gastrointestinal complaints.

Reports confirm that Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can offer relief from even the most complex digestive problems. Evidence that Oriental medicine has been used for digestive disorders can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD, where specific acupuncture points and herbal formulas for rumbling in the intestines, abdominal pain, and diarrhea with pain are discussed.

According to Oriental medical theory, most digestive disorders are due to disharmony in the spleen and stomach.

The spleen plays a central part in the health and vitality of the body, taking a lead role in the assimilation of nutrients and maintenance of physical strength. It turns digested food from the stomach into usable nutrients and qi (energy).

Many schools of thought have been formed around this organ; the premise being that the proper functioning of the “middle” is the key to all aspects of vitality. By taking into account a person’s constitution and varied symptoms, a treatment plan is designed specifically for the individual to bring their “middle” back into harmony and optimize the proper functioning of the digestive system.

A variety of techniques can be used during treatment including Acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations, herbal formulas, and energetic exercises to restore digestive health. If your digestive system isn’t functioning as well as it should consider Acupuncture and Oriental medicine as an effective approach in treating a wide array of digestive disorders.

Call us at Acupuncture Alternatives if we can help you with your digestive issues.


Author – Jim Burnis is a local Gold Canyon Acupuncturist – 480-671-5178, contact Jim Burnis.

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