Acid reflux, IBS, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Stomach cancer and Celiac disease are common digestive disorders in which many seek treatment .

Digestive disorders can be treated with alternative medicine such as Acupuncture, offering fewer side effects than most western medical techniques. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer relief without the need for medications, and uncomfortable side-effects.

The digestive system is a key player in extracting nutrients and energy from food. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are two main organs involved with digestion; the spleen and the stomach. These organs are said to receive and then process food into vital blood and energy that nourishes the entire body. So when somebody has digestive issues, the acupuncturist will most likely target the spleen and stomach meridian systems for treatment.

Acupuncture can help re-balance and strengthen the function of these organ systems, regulate metabolism and decrease or eliminate gastrointestinal pain. There are also specific acupuncture points that can be used to address other signs and symptoms associated with various digestive disorders – for instance, vomiting, nausea, bloating, fullness and even water retention.

TCM focuses on the root cause(s) of the imbalances that lead to digestive disorders. This means acupuncturists not only treat the symptoms, but they also treat the imbalance first. Therefore over time, the symptoms may regress or be eliminated .

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