DIGESTIVE DISORDERS AND ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is effective in treating most digestive disorders ranging from bacterial infections, peptic ulcers and heartburn to food allergies, hiatus hernia syndrome, lactose intolerance, and hiccough. TCM utilizes several techniques to treat digestive conditions, including acupuncture, moxibustion (burning mugwort or other medicinal herbs on selected acupuncture points) and Chinese herbal formulas.
Symptoms of digestive disorders are dry skin, anemia, fatigue, concentration difficulties, muscle cramps, weight loss, low energy, and hair loss. The spleen is the primary organ involved in digestive disorders. The four most common patterns differentiated when digestive disorders are diagnosed from a TCM perspective are: Spleen qi deficiency (caused by chronic illness or fatigue), damp heat retention (caused by infections, environmental factors or diet), liver/spleen disharmony (emotional causes), and spleen/kidney yang defiency (caused by aging or chronic illness).
Acupuncture treats these condition patterns by nourishing related organs, reducing damp heat, balancing yin/yang, and improving qi flow. Acupuncture, in conjunction with herbal medicine and stress reduction techniques can contribute to the healthy functioning of the digestive system. Diet is also an essential component of digestive disorder treatment.
Two classic formulas effective in treating digestive disorders are Minor Bupleurum Combination and Cinnamon Combination. Minor Bupleurum Combination (hoelen, licorice, bupleurum, ginseng, ginger) reduces inflammation of the pancreas and stomach, promotes digestive processes, alleviates stress in the chest, increases energy, and rebalances circulation between body surface and internal organs. Cinnamon Combination (ginger, licorice, peony, cinnamon) improves digestive functions, increases qi and improves circulation.
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive disorders as well as a wide range of medical conditions. For more information on digestive disorders and acupuncture contact Dr. Richard Browne at (305) 595-9500.
"Written by Rev. Dr. Richard Browne