Cracking the code for Digestive Issues!
Digestive issues are one of the main health complaints I see year after year. Abdominal issues such as stomach pain, intestinal pain, nausea after eating, difficult or too easy stools, poor digestion, bad digestion, and excess flatulence are all health issues that can be treated and helped with Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Even more serious, chronic long-term issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, diverticulitis, leaky gut, and food allergies can be helped.
As you can well imagine, digestive issues have been around since the beginning of human time. Even animals get digestive issues from time to time, where we see them eating plants they don’t typically eat. The Chinese physicians have had many years to work on Chinese herbal formulas to help these symptoms.
Treating digestive issues
For many, simply taking the Chinese herbal formula can do the trick. For those with more complicated issues, we look at the specific food intake and recommend lifestyle changes, which can be helpful. For example, many people’s systems just can’t tolerate certain substances, and they need to avoid these foods. For others, it might be a matter of learning how to eat for better health and less symptoms. Some chronic issues are treated with a combination of dietary and lifestyle changes, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture to help solve the problem.
It’s the Chinese Medical doctors’ job to weed through symptoms to come up with the best natural solution that will let the body heal quickly and effectively. Because the lining of the stomach and intestines are what are known as epithelial cells, they replicate quickly; this allows for fast change.
Some digestive issues are “excess” conditions
The main concept in Chinese medicine regarding abdominal pain issues is the diagnosis of what is called heat and/or damp in the stomach or intestines. These are usually called “Excess” conditions, where the recommended herbal formulas contain herbs that clear this heat and damp. These are typically powerful herbs that cannot be taken for a long period of time, but do not usually need a long time to be effective.
Other digestive issues are “deficiency” conditions
Other than excess, deficiency-type disorders can also show up, such the stomach having weak digestive enzymes. Another type of deficiency issue that is somewhat difficult to describe. This issue happens when the digestive system just does not extract nutrients as needed. The person usually feels full because the food they eat does not digest. Sometimes, no matter how well they eat, they always feel fatigued. This type of situation can go on for a long time before someone takes action. For some, they could eat all the broccoli in the world, but if the digestive system is not working properly, the good food will never digest well enough for the micronutrients to be absorbed by their cells. For this situation, the Chinese practitioner uses herbs and acupuncture to “build the middle” or build the internal systems associated with digestion (stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, and spleen), so they show improved function. People will notice more energy and clearer thinking when the middle is balanced and strong.
Solving your digestive issues
As always, I recommend talking to a specialist about these issues, because they are usually chronic and causing a body much stress, which typically can be eliminated in a short period of time. You can visit my website, www.AcupunctureAndYou.com, find the orange box and schedule your free consultation to find out if Chinese medicine is right for you.