Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders can be uncomfortable, disruptive and embarrassing. If you've tried conventional treatment without effect, natural options may help. Herbal medicine can benefit people experiencing (GI) disorders that cannot be treated using conventional drug therapy, according to a study in the journal Neurogastroenterology and Motility study.
The research on herbal medicine
Researchers reviewed data on various Japanese herbal medicines and found them them to be effective in reducing the symptoms of GI disorders such as functional dyspepsia, constipation and postoperative ileus, a painful condition that may affect patients after a bowel surgery. Lead researcher Hidekazu Suzuki, professor at the Keio University School of Medicine says:
“Japanese herbal medicines have been used in East Asia for thousands of years. Our review of the world medical literature reveals that herbal medicines serve a valuable role in the management of patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders.”
Herbal medicine can also help with the common GI condition irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Some specific herbal treatments that can help GI issues naturally include:
- Ginger: Relieves nausea
- Tumeric: Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Milk thistle: Helps sluggish digestive systems
- Slippery elm: Soothes acid reflux
- Probiotics: Regulates digestion
Just be aware that GI problems are complex, and a doctor of Chinese medicine can help find a treatment that works for you.
Why herbal medicine works
Many of the drugs used to treat GI disorders are ineffective or cause side effect. In some cases, this has led to drugs being withdrawn from the market. Herbal medicine is a safe, holistic alternative that typically has no adverse side effects.
Herbal medicine — also referred to as botanical medicine or phytomedicine — uses herbs for their medicinal and therapeutic properties. Herbal medicine can effectively treat a variety of other conditions. Herbs used in formulas include:
• Astragalus for colds
• Chinese angelica for anemia
• Chinese yam for chronic cough and wheezing
• Ginger for circulation
• Ginseng for immune system
Herbal medicine and holistic treatments also work well to reduce stress and anxiety, which can help those with GI issues.
Herbal medicine is also effective for disease prevention, health maintenance and general wellbeing. It provides an excellent compliment to other holistic health treatments and practices, including massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, yoga, chiropractic care, qi gong and more.
Get treatment for GI issues
The community clinic at the Acupuncture and Massage College’s offers acupuncture and herbal medicine for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about holstic medical degree programs you can contact the adminssions office.