Acupuncture for Digestive Health

Improve Digestive Health with Acupuncture-

Digestive problems can make life miserable. Further, they may keep you from being able to eat healthy foods or derive the nutritional benefits of the foods you eat. The good news is that acupuncture can offer relief from many digestive problems, even when Western medicine may fail to make a difference.

Digestive Disorders That Benefit from Acupuncture

Because acupuncture is a holistic treatment, it can impact health all over the body. Thus, acupuncture used for improving digestive health can be highly beneficial. Registered acupuncturists treat a wide variety of conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract. Studies show that acupuncture is effective for treating many gastrointestinal disorders, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Hiatus hernia syndrome
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Abdominal pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gall stone disease
  • Postoperative ileus

Nonetheless, researchers say that further studies can bring more light onto the topic and show precisely how acupuncture affects the gastrointestinal system. Noteworthy, Traditional Chinese Medicine used procedures such as acupuncture, acupressure and cupping treatments for thousands of years to treat digestive disorders.

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture treats digestive conditions differently than Western medicine does. In Western medicine, the goal is to look for specific causes behind digestive disorders and address those causes separately. Acupuncture, on the other hand, treats the body as a whole. Its goal is to restore balance within the system so that all parts function better and work together for better health.

Acupuncturists do alter the treatment slightly based on the problems you’re having. Placing their hair-thin needles at specific acupoints on the body can yield different results. However, because the acupoints follow the meridians or channels, each type of treatment impacts your overall health even as it helps with your specific problem.

Here are some ways acupuncture impacts the digestive system:

  • Speeds up metabolism
  • Nourishes organs of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Reduces inflammation in the pancreas and stomach
  • Helps muscles in the GI tract contract and relax as needed
  • Reduces stomach acid
  • Regulates intestinal functions

So, how does placing needles on the acupuncture points affect digestive health? Researchers don’t know exactly, but they do have some ideas.

For example, the central nervous system, including the spinal cord and brain, receive signals during acupuncture. Both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are affected. Additionally, acupuncture also stimulates the neurotransmitters in the brain, which helps to relieve pain, and it helps ease gastrointestinal distress.

Specialized training, skills, and safety measures impact acupuncture’s treatment effectiveness. So, it’s always best to get treatment from a Registered Acupuncturist. At Davie Village RMT, our acupuncturist meets the required qualification and is ready to help you overcome your digestive problems.