Traditional Chinese Medicine has long understood the importance of a good digestion. Through digestion, all living creatures have the ability to transform food into valuable nutrients that the body needs. If the digestive force or the stomach is blocked weak or working at full capacity, the body will not receive the nutrients it needs to function or won’t be able to eliminate waste which may bring serious problems. You can easily get the help you need in clinics such as Dr. Sontag’s acupuncture Miami clinic.
Acupuncture for digestive problems has existed for quite some time as it has helped many people with several conditions-. Most of us have heard of this alternative medicine helping and treating different conditions and it includes gastrointestinal problems. The effects of acupuncture on digestive function have been studied by contemporary scientist as acupuncture has been widely used in the management of gastrointestinal disorders including irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and diarrhea, peptic ulcer disease, Crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, bacterial infections, nausea, and vomiting.
According to TCM practitioners, all these conditions are caused by the stomach’s Qi.
But let’s rewind a little, first, it is important that you understand that in Chinese medicine, there is a belief that Qi vital energy- is responsible for the wellbeing of all the animated and unanimated objects in the universe, this includes, human beings. But when Qi suffers disharmony, the body, the soul and the mind of a person start taking a toll. When the Stomach becomes stressed, weak or blocked, it is because Qi is out of balance, causing any of the digestive problems we mentioned above.
Through the application of needles in specific parts of the body called acu-points, acupuncture restores the flowing energy in the body, which helps to ease the many of the digestive problems a person may have. It is known that in TCM the stomach is one of the most important organs in the body, and it has 45 different points.
Their most important acupuncture points for digestive problems are:
- Union Valley and crooked point: the first one is located between the index and the thumb and the second can be found at the top of the elbow. When these are stimulated by acupuncture may decrease diarrhea, treat constipation and relieve abdominal pain.
- Outer and inner gate, the first one helps to reduce vomiting and nausea whereas the second one treats stomach ache, indigestion, vomiting, and anxiety.
- Three-Point Mile is located on the outer edge of the leg, and when stimulated helps in relieving ulcer, enteritis, nausea, gas and bloating.
- Three Yin Crossing is located three fingers above the ankle bone and it may help heal diseases of the lower abdomen, such as colitis, abdominal distention, cramps, and flatulence.
- Great Rushing: Through the stimulation of acupuncture this point aids gall-bladder health and relieving nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
- Middle Cavity: This point is responsible for relieving heartburn, indigestion and abdominal pain.
Research on acupuncture for digestive problems
The WHO -World Health Organization- has corroborated that acupuncture treats several conditions, including nausea, vomiting, peptic ulcer, and gastritis, as this therapy helps to restore and stimulates normal and healthy functions of the digestive system, encourages immune function, reduces inflammation and relieves stress and tension in the body.
In addition, a recent study revealed thatacupuncture is effective for treatment and prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting a condition which is normally presented after anesthesia and surgery- as there was a significantly reduced number of cases of early vomiting and nausea when this treatment was applied.
TCM recommends the use of natural herbs and Moxibustion along with acupuncture to treat digestive problems. Additionally, they recommend a healthy lifestyle which includes organic foods, hot meals and drinks instead of cold beverages as that stress the stomach, not eating in a rush and exercising regularly.
Now, it is important to highlight that the benefits of acupuncture do not happen overnight if you decide to go for this alternative therapy, it is recommended to follow the schedule appointments, which may be once or twice a week, depending on the condition. If you just go once, you won’t be able to see any results. Make sure to also find a certified practitioner who runs all the routine tests and is fully prepared to help you. Say goodbye to your pills, medications and their hideous side effects after you finish this treatment. And remember that this type of therapy has little to no have side effects. Some of the most serious side effects can be skin reddening and a temporary numbness for a short period while or after needles are inserted.