Colitis is the medical term for inflammation of the colon that can be caused by a number of factors, such as genetics, infection, and due to a loss of blood in the organ. While there are a number of different types of colitis, all share similar symptoms and many also incorporate other digestive tract disorders, including ulcers, distention, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
The first signs of colitis are sharp pains in the abdomen, cramping, bloating and distention, among others. Constipation and diarrhea are also common symptoms.
Acupuncture is an important part of a healing program for the digestive system. Point sites will be on the abdomen (surface-skin), and on the legs, notably near the knees and feet. Energy systems involved may include the Spleen and Liver energy systems, with their yang counterparts. The Back points are often chosen, and the tongue and pulses are also examined. A thorough history and exam will produce an individualized approach. A series of treatments will usually give great results.