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Acupuncture for Digestive Disorders

Eating should be a pleasure!  Unfortunately, for many of us, digestive difficulties like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, GERD, gas and bloating, and constipation can make eating feel more like a chore.

We all know that food is one of life’s necessities, but few realize that many seemingly unrelated symptoms, such as poor concentration, poor sleep, and fatigue may be due to digestive problems.  The body needs to process food efficiently and effectively to produce the essential elements it needs to run. If your digestion is impaired, every bodily system can be affected.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs help to relieve unfortunate digestive symptoms associated with these conditions by strengthening the digestive organs, interrupting the negative impact of stress on digestion, improving the body’s ability to absorb and assimilate nutrients, and easing the process of elimination.

Studies have found that acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome provides an additional benefit over usual care alone, and the magnitude of the effect is sustained over the longer term (MacPherson, 2012).  Also, acupuncture effectively inhibits the intraesophageal acid and bile reflux in GERD patients, alleviating patients’ symptoms safely (Zhang, 2010).

Of course, diet is important.  We can help guide you through some of the current fads toward a simple and enjoyable common-sense diet that leaves you feeling your best!

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