Acupuncture for Digestive Disorders & IBS

Digestive disorders of all kinds respond wonderfully to acupuncture, especially when combined with changes in diet and Chinese herbs.

We treat problems in all areas of the digestive tract:

  • Acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • IBS
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Haemorrhoids.

Many patients seek out alternatives to medication in favour of a strategy that gets to the root of the problem.

Digestive Disorders & IBS

In comparisons with Western drug treatments, acupuncture has been found beneficial for a variety of gastrointestinal diseases: dyspepsia (Chen 2005), gastritis (Ren 2009; Gu 2009), ulcerative colitis (Mu 2007; Lee 2009), reflux (Journal of the National Medical Association 2008; Zhang 2010) and pancreatitis (Wang 2007).

How can acupuncture help in the treatment of GI tract disorders?

  • improving delayed gastric emptying (Xu 2006)
  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors    (Zijlstra 2003)
  • stimulating areas in the brain that are involved in gastric perception (Zeng 2009)
  • inhibiting stress-induced pro-opiomelanocortin expression in the hypothalamus (Sun 2008)
  • increasing vasoactive intestinal peptide and nitric oxide in plasma, gastric mucosal and bulb tissues, and elevating expression of vasoactive intestinal peptide in antral smooth   muscle (Shen 2006);
  • decreasing permeability of intestinal mucosa in patients with acute pancreatitis, and reducing accumulation of endogenous inflammatory mediators and vascular active substance in intestinal mucosa (Wang 2007).

Contact the Alma Vale Centre here to find out more
about Acupuncture for Digestive Disorders and IBS.

Or call us on 0117 377 1186.