Digestive issues can wreak havoc in many different areas of our lives.
The digestive issues we see most include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, heartburn, lactose intolerance, anal fissures, leaky gut and fatty liver disease.
A digestive issue is any problem that occurs within the digestive tract, also known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and even the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
Issues occur when there is a problem with how food and drink are digested. Whether the issue is malabsorption of nutrients or the symptom of a disease, digestive issues are unpleasant and can be quite severe, even fatal in some instances.
Digestive issues are difficult to ignore. Many of the different issues involve the following symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain near the belly
- Problems with swallowing
- Weight gain or loss
Because there are so many different digestive issues, there are many reasons behind them. Sometimes they're due to a bacterial or viral infection, nutrient deficiency, or even poor circulation to digestive organs. Often, stress is the culprit for many digestive issues.
Studies show that the brain and the digestive tract are connected via neural networks. Essentially, you have brain cells within your gut! This is why stress or other emotional disturbances can cause digestive issues. Other times, dietary factors or a specific disorder is the culprit. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), all of these issues stem from an imbalance of energy. Healing happens through releasing or navigating the flow of that energy.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is an effective treatment for digestive issues. Acupuncture has been shown to speed up your metabolism, increase gastrointestinal contraction and relaxation, reduce gastric acid secretion, and regulate intestinal function.
Your acupuncturist will also discuss diet and stress reduction techniques to help regulate your digestion.