Acupuncture For Digestive Health
A recent survey suggests 74% of Americans are living with digestive discomfort on a daily basis! Digestive complaints are now the number one reason people go to the doctor’s office.
If your digestion is not functioning properly, it can be a frustrating daily battle, with no end in sight. Digestion is one of the most important aspects of health, with new research demonstrating that gut health is one of the biggest indicators for chronic disease and overall well-being.
Our digestive health is greatly influenced by the food we eat, the environment we live in and the medications we take. It can be disrupted quite easily from factors such as stress, lack of sleep, overuse of antibiotics, overuse of antacids, poor diet choices and more. Antibiotics, for example, can wipe out all the gut bacteria you have and may take over a year to rebuild. Just one round of antibiotics can permanently change your gut flora, leading to complications in the future.
If you do not have proper gut health, you may be preventing the absorption of necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The nutrients that your body is supposed to get from the food you eat is critical for supporting every part of your health. Nutrients are the building blocks for what your body converts into energy, strength, repair, defense, and maintenance of the whole body system. Not getting the necessary nutrients your body needs to thrive will unfortunately have consequences to your future health. Many chronic diseases are related to nutrient deficiency and gut health, so it’s incredibly important to act now and make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs!
Did you know that your gut bacteria can also affect your mental health? According to the American Psychological Association, gut bacteria produce an array of neurochemicals that the brain uses for the regulation of physiological and mental processes, including memory, learning and mood. In fact, 95% of the body’s supply of serotonin is produced by gut bacteria.
In today’s time, it remains difficult to obtain proper gut health through nutrition alone. And as time goes on, we are finding more and more research on the importance of gut health and digestion. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, proper nutrition, and whole food supplementation are all ways to improve your digestive health and alleviate discomfort.
Acupuncture to treat digestive discomfort
At the San Pedro Acupuncture Health Center we use a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and whole food supplementation to tackle the root of your digestive issues rather than just treating the symptoms. We use herbal and nutritional protocols to restore and feed your gut health combined with acupuncture protocols to reduce inflammation, decrease pain, improve blood flow, heal the digestive tract, promote proper function, and bring you back to a feeling of relief and regularity.
Unfortunately, most people suffering with digestive disorders assume that their digestive problem is “incurable” and they’re doomed to either suffer or take meds for the rest of their lives. That’s just not true! In our experience the vast majority of digestive disorders are absolutely treatable and in many cases it can be done without prescription medications.
Whether you have constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, GERD (acid reflux), heartburn, gas, bloating, food allergies, delayed gastric emptying, or abdominal cramps and pain there is an acupuncture treatment protocol that can help you.
Imagine a life with less pain, less discomfort and more time doing the things you love, and without all the medication and side-effects!
Acupuncture treatments for digestive issues begin with weekly acupuncture treatments along with a custom herbal formula taken twice-daily, and nutritional recommendations. Depending on the particular condition and the severity, treatment can range from a few weeks to several months, or even on an ongoing basis.
All in all, acupuncture provides an extremely safe, highly effective and a completely natural approach to regaining and maintaining optimum digestive health and restoring strength and harmony to your body.
“studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders including nausea and vomiting, functional disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and diarrhea), peptic ulcer disease, Crohn’s disease, postoperative ileus, and even gall stone disease.”