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Digestive Issues? Try Acupuncture!

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

According to statistics, 60-70 million people in the United States suffer from gastrointestinal problems. Even those who have not been formally diagnosed with a digestive issue may be affected; 72 percent of those asked said they have a frequent digestive problem. Poor gut health can promote lethargy and weight gain, and can range from minor acid reflux to life-threatening disorders like IBS and Crohn's disease.

While the fact that gastrointestinal problems are on the rise in the United States as a whole may not come as a surprise, it is true that even healthy people can have stomach problems. Food sensitivities, high-fat or acidic meal consumption, alcohol use, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, trauma, serious injury, and even chronic stress can all wreak havoc on your stomach and cause digestion problems. Anything might cause digestive issues and stomach pain by disrupting your body's functions.

Even if you haven't been diagnosed with a digestive disorder, GI issues are all too common. Many people consider various digestive problems to be "normal," resulting in daily discomfort and, in some cases, self-medication with over-the-counter medications. These aren't everyday occurrences, and you shouldn't have to put up with them!

Acupuncture is a proven effective treatment for digestion difficulties if you prefer non-drug remedies for your digestive problems. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes a holistic approach to health, with a special emphasis on gut health.

Acupuncture is a Chinese medical technique that uses specific acupuncture points on the body to assist balance digestion and reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort. Every day, new studies into the effectiveness of acupuncture are published, many of which hold great promise for people with digestive issues.

Acupuncture can help with digestive issues in a variety of ways, including reducing reliance on medicine and alleviating symptoms for a variety of digestive conditions, such as:

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Acid Reflux

  • Bloating

  • Colitis

  • Constipation

  • Cramping

  • Fatigue

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Sour stomach

  • Weight fluctuation

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Acupuncture aids digestion because it treats the individual holistically, which means that all aspects of the body are considered when therapy is administered. There is no compartmentalization in Chinese medicine, unlike Western medicine. As a result, a person receiving therapy from a qualified acupuncturist or TCM practitioner may suffer mental and digestive changes as a result of their treatment. This can be incredibly beneficial to the patient because the mind and body are so connected. At Four Seasons Acupuncture in Winter Park, Florida, we enjoy treating the entire body. That is, we think about what's going on physiologically and mentally that's producing the stomach issues.

Acupuncture has been shown in tests to enhance intestinal peristalsis. This is particularly effective for people who have chronic constipation. Constipation can be relieved in as few as one to two treatments for someone who has been suffering from it for a long time. Chronic constipation, which can be painful, is treated by our acupuncturists. Because our practice focuses on pain management, we can also tackle this.

Other typical digestion-related concerns include nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture and acupressure are both effective methods for calming a painfully upset stomach. At one acupressure point on the underside of the forearm, this function has been studied extensively. In the vast majority of cases, nausea and vomiting are significantly decreased or totally eliminated.

Bloating is another common intestinal problem. This can be caused by eating too much food or having poor digestion. Acupuncture treatments help the digestive process by breaking down meals without the additional gas that causes bloating.

Diarrhea isn't simply a condition that occurs when someone has a stomach bug. Many individuals are unaware that it is significantly more common than they think. Acupuncture treatments can help you get rid of diarrhea by releasing excess heat or dampness and strengthening your digestive tract.

Contact us to learn more about how our Hot Springs acupuncture clinic 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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