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
- Diarrhea and constipation
Many patients seek out alternatives to medication in favour of a strategy that gets to the root of the problem.
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).