Digestive Complaints: IBS, reflux and more

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In Chinese Medicine, the ‘Gut’ is literally, as well as figuratively at the centre of many disease processes. The stomach and spleen processes as the centre of your health is an ancient concept in Chinese Medicine, only now just beginning to be understood in western medical thought.

Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can be powerful medicines to build the spleen and stomach energy and keep your digestion working effectively and problem free.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been found effective and beneficial for a range of gastrointestinal tract disorders, including
Reflux
IBS
Chron’s disease
Gastritis
Ulcerative Colitis (stomach ulcers)

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine explores and explains the connections not only between your food intake and lifestyle factors (for example stress) but also the medicines and herbs you may take, and the way in which you ‘digest’ things. Not only your food, but ideas, your environment, and the relationships between you and the world around you.

Acupuncture may help in the treatment of GI tract disorders, by:
Regulating pathways between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
Activating peripheral neurological mechanisms to relieve GI tract pain and the Enteric Nervous system
Releasing numerous peripheral neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, and cytokines participate in the analgesic process in visceral pain.

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Zhang CX, Qin YM, Guo BR. Clinical study on the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux by acupuncture. Chin J Integr Med. 2010 Aug;16(4):298-303.
Joos S et al. Acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of active Crohn’s disease: A randomized controlled study. Digestion 2004; 69: 131-9.
Neurobiological Mechanism of Acupuncture for Relieving Visceral Pain of Gastrointestinal Origin
Zhang, F Wu, L, Zhao, J Lv,T, Hu, Z, Weng, Z, Wang, S Wu, H and Liu, H
Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian, Shanghai 200030, China 2017