When it comes to gastrointestinal disorders, acupuncture may help treat the following conditions:
- Acute or chronic gastritis
- Chronic cholecystitis
- Chronic stomach/duodenal ulcers
- Hyperacidity-acid reflux/nausea
These stomach issues are signs that food is not moving through the digestive tract properly. Chronic stress, unhealthy eating, poor sleep quality, and lack of exercise can all contribute to these disorders. Many times, patients may also find:
- They struggle with food sensitivities
- They overconsume alcohol, or high-fat and highly acidic foods
- They experienced a serious injury that affected their gut health
The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization support acupuncture as an effective method for improving gut health. Acupuncture works by balancing the gut-brain axis, which refers to the biochemical communication between the gut and the brain. As your practitioner, Dr. Padro will insert acupuncture needles into a series of points on your body. When triggered, these spots may help to speed up your metabolism, reduce gastric acid secretion, and improve your intestinal function.
Research has also suggested that this practice may trigger pain- and stress-relieving chemicals. As a result, you may experience reduced pain and inflammation, which similarly contributes to regulating your acid production and peristalsis. These effects are important for many as chronic stress overactivates the sympathetic nervous system and worsens gut disorders.
As you continue along your acupuncture treatment, you may also choose to incorporate Chinese herbs into your diet. When you consume them, they function to balance your digestion much like a supplement.