Acupuncture has been helping digestive function for thousands of years. As acupuncture addresses healing from a holistic perspective, we see that a healthy digestive system is at the root of all wellness. Our digestive systems are intimately connected to our immune system, and being able to absorb all vital nutrients and eliminate all excess products efficiently is necessary for the health of all the bodies tissues: muscles, nerves, organs, blood and vessels.
Acupuncture helps the direction of the digestive energy to go in the correct direction, which is from the mouth downward through the entire system to the anus. If there is a problem in this directional movement that arise with gastric reflux, nausea, gastro paresis, or constipation, acupuncture can redirect the energy through the system in its natural downward direction.
Acupuncture also helps with the functions of absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste. Absorption issues may manifest as anemia, watery or loose bowel movements, and elimination of waste problems may result in constipation, bloating and gas, poor appetite and excessive weight. Other health complications related to absorption and elimination are arthritis, Crohn’s disease, chronic inflammation, kidney stones, gallstones, and autoimmune disorders.
Throughout treatment, foods for your health are discussed – foods that work better for your body are encouraged, and foods that inhibit healing are discouraged. As you incorporate these changes into your diet, the acupuncture can work even more effectively. The acupuncture assists the digestive energy required for healthy absorption and elimination and helps the function of assimilating nutrients, and the function of sorting the nutrients from the waste.
Acupuncture is a wonderful compliment to a multi-disciplinary approach to digestive ailments along side allopathic medicine and nutritional counseling.