Acupuncture for digestive problems
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in assisting with the treatment of digestive problems including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, reflux, bloating, and gurds.
A typical consultation and treatment will involve acupuncture and the prescription of Chinese herbal medicine prescription.
Acupuncture therapy is individualised. Your acupuncturist will identify the acupuncture points on your body to target your particular condition. For instance, speeding up your metabolism, increasing gastrointestinal contraction or relaxation, stimulating gastric acid secretion, regulating the endocrine and nervous system, regulating the function of the small and large intestine, and balancing stomach acidity.
Your treatment plan for digestive problems may incorporate moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, and diet and lifestyle changes.
Treating digestive functions with acupuncture and herbal tonics
Many digestive problems can be attributed to imbalance in the stomach, the spleen or both organ meridians. The symptoms may include indigestion, nausea, burping, bloating, constipation, abdominal pain or loose bowel movements. In traditional Chinese medicine there are digestive herbal tonics that work in combination with acupuncture to harmonise digestive functions.
In traditional Chinese medicine the liver organ-meridian manages the smooth flow of Qi (energy) and blood to other parts of the body, therefore healthy liver function is vital to the digestive functions of the stomach and spleen organ-meridians. Issues affecting the liver can affect the upper digestive tract and cause indigestion and nausea.
The gall bladder is responsible for transporting bile. Bile is required to digest fats in the small intestine, so any Imbalances in the gall bladder-organ meridian can affect the functioning of the small intestine.
Your individualised treatment may include liver and gall bladder herbal tonics to help regulate the flow of Qi and blood, to stimulate bile production and improve the body’s processes of waste elimination.
The small and large intestines remove wastes. Imbalance in these organ meridians may cause bowel problems such as diarrhea, flatulence and abdominal pain.
If you have too much “heat” in your system, you might have constipation or if you have excess “damp” you may experience loose bowel movements. You may be prescribed Chinese herbal tonics to relieve constipation. Probiotics aimed at restoring healthy bacteria in the bowel may be prescribed to help support intestinal function, and restore normal bowel movements.
Acupuncture for digestive problems on Sydney's Lower North Shore
Experienced acupuncturist, Victor Fenech, offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for treating digestive disorders at Well Balanced Healthcare in Mosman. Contact Victor to discuss whether acupuncture may be suitable for you or book a consultation online today.