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Acupuncture Can Help With Digestive Issues

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

According to reports, 60-70 million Americans suffer from stomach disorders. Even people who have not been formally diagnosed with a digestive condition might suffer; 72 percent of those polled indicate they have a digestive problem on a regular basis. While these issues can range from periodic acid reflux to devastating diseases like IBS and Crohn's disease, poor gut health can also cause lethargy and weight gain.

If you have digestive problems but prefer non-drug treatments, acupuncture is a proven effective treatment for digestion problems. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a comprehensive approach to health, with a focus on gut health in particular.

Acupuncture is one of the Chinese medicine methods that can help balance digestion and relieve symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort by targeting certain acupuncture sites on the body. Every day, additional research on the effectiveness of acupuncture are conducted, many of which offer great promise for patients suffering from digestive problems.

Causes of Digestive Issues

While it may not come as a surprise to learn that gastrointestinal problems are on the rise in the United States as a whole, it is true that even healthy people can experience stomach difficulties. Food sensitivities, excessive consumption of high-fat or acidic meals, alcohol consumption, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, trauma, significant injury, and even chronic stress may all wreak havoc on your stomach and cause digestion disorders. Anything can disrupt your body's functionality, resulting in digestive problems and stomach pain.

GI problems are all too frequent, even if you haven't been diagnosed with a digestive condition. Many people perceive various digestive issues to be "normal," resulting in everyday discomfort and, in some cases, abuse of over-the-counter self-medication therapies. These aren't typical circumstances, and you shouldn't have to endure!

Acupuncture can offer support for digestive in many ways, including mitigating symptoms and decreasing the reliance on medication for a range of digestive issues, including:

  • Acid Reflux

  • Colitis

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Constipation

  • Cramping

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Weight fluctuation

  • Fatigue

  • Bloating

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Sour stomach

Acupuncture helps with digestion because it treats the person holistically, which means that all sections of the body are taken into account when treatment is given. In contrast to Western medicine, there is no compartmentalization. As a result, a person receiving treatment from a licensed acupuncturist or TCM practitioner may experience changes in their mind as well as their digestive disorders. Because the mind and body are so intertwined, this can be extremely useful to the patient. We take pleasure in treating the full body at Four Seasons Acupuncture in Lake Mary, Florida. That is, we consider what might be going on physically and mentally that is causing the stomach problems.

Acupuncture has been found in studies to promote peristalsis in the intestine. This is especially beneficial for persons who suffer from persistent constipation. A person suffering from persistent constipation may experience relief in as few as one to two treatments. Our acupuncturists are trained to treat chronic constipation, which can be painful. We can target this as well because our practice specializes in pain management.

Nausea and vomiting are two other common digestion-related issues. Acupuncture, as well as acupressure, are excellent tools for relaxing an upset stomach that is also painful. This function has been examined extensively at one acupressure point on the underside of the forearm. The nausea and vomiting are usually considerably reduced or completely halted in the majority of cases.

Another typical digestive-related issue is bloating. Eating too much food or having poor digestion can cause this. Acupuncture treatments aid the digestive process, allowing food to be broken down without the extra gas that causes bloating.

Diarrhea isn't just a problem that people have when they have the stomach bug. It is, in fact, far more prevalent than many people believe. Acupuncture treatments can help you get rid of diarrhea by removing excess heat or dampness from your digestive tract while also strengthening it.

Contact us to learn more about how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you with your digestive issues!


Four Seasons Acupuncture Hot Springs Arkansas

Acupuncture, TCM, cupping, injection therapy, Chinese Herbs, moxibustion, tuina, nutritional therapy, and more!

Located in the heart of Hot Springs, Arkansas, just minutes from Lake Hamilton, AR,

Pleasant Hill, AR, Red Oak, AR, Price, AR, and Malvern, AR.

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