Acupuncture for Digestion Disorders

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Acupuncture is highly effective at treating most digestive issues including:

Digestive disorders include organic and functional disorders of the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, and other organs, which are very common in clinical practice and account for 40-50% of outpatients in internal medicine. It can be limited to the digestive system but also can involve the whole body or other systems, and other system diseases can also cause digestive system diseases or symptoms.

​In traditional Chinese medical theory, digestive system problems can be caused by qi deficiency, yang deficiency, and the imbalance between different organs.

What causes digestive disorders?

According to Chinese medical theory, there are four common reasons behind digestive disorders:

1.Spleen Qi Deficiency,

Spleen qi deficiency can cause the failure of transportation and transformation of food in the body as well as the excretion of waste. The symptoms are usually poor appetite, abdominal distension, loose stool, no desire to speak, and lassitude of limbs.

2.Yin deficiency or cold or heat of Stomach

Yin deficiency or stomach heat or cold affect its functions in receiving foods, digesting food, and descending. The symptoms are usually marked by stomachache, belching, hiccup, nausea, and vomiting, etc.

3.Imbalance between Liver and Spleen/Stomach

You may have noticed loss of appetite or bloating during a stressful period. According to Chinese medical theory, that is no coincidence.

Liver qi stagnation caused by emotional upset, depression, anxiety,or irritability and susceptibility to rage , can disorder the balance between liver-spleen or liver-stomach. The imbalance finally shows symptoms like chest and hypochondriac distension and fullness, anorexia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, hiccup.  

4.Spleen Yang Deficiency

Spleen yang deficiency usually causes by excessive intake of uncooked or cold food; or the imbalance between spleen and heart. The symptoms are usually marked by poor appetite, abdominal distension, abdominal cold pain, preference for warmth and palpation, and loose stool.

Acupuncture effectively treats these problems by balancing Yin and Yang, harmonizing Qi and Blood, nourishing the organs, and eliminating cole/heat in the body.