Bad digestion can make for a bad day. It is estimated that about 62 million Americans experience digestive problems on a regular basis. A digestive problem is a general term that covers a wide range of issues, all connected to the whole digestive tract, from throat, stomach, intestines, down to the rectum. These include colitis, diarrhea, heartburn, ulcers, constipation, and gastritis, among others. Some of these are chronic conditions, while others are merely passing issues caused by food poisoning, a bacterial or viral infection or a parasite in the colon.
Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to acute pain, or can manifest themselves in excessive vomiting or gas. Symptoms of digestive disorders may also include difficulty in concentration, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, anemia, muscle cramps, low energy, and weight loss. Because of the wide variety of conditions that are covered under the digestive trouble umbrella, symptoms vary from person to person, and can indicate either a minor medical issue or a life-threatening problem.
Digestive disorders indicate that there is a disharmony between the body organs responsible for digestion. This disharmony is commonly caused by lifestyle factors and improper diet, which can put a strain on the digestive system. When this happens over a period of many years, digestive disorder imbalances occur. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive imbalance as well as a wide range of medical conditions.
Acupuncture corrects the imbalances and regulates digestion. Specific acupuncture points increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation and reduce gastric acid secretion, making acupuncture helpful in treating general gastrointestinal symptoms. Acupuncture addresses the acute and immediate symptoms that are occurring in your digestive system. Acupuncture evaluates more of your history and other symptoms as well to get a greater understanding of your body’s condition, and will then choose other point sites located on your legs, arms, back, etc. to facilitate a deeper clearing and correction of the chronic symptoms you frequently experience. Food allergies, and sensitivities will improve.
Diet is a primary consideration, as are emotional issues. Stress, worry, sadness, fear, anger, and all derivatives of these basic emotions will contribute immediately to the digestive system and its ability to “stomach” your experiences and your perceptions. Relaxation before, during, and after meals helps to enable a healthy processing of food. Troubles during mealtime may switch you to a “fight or flight” mode, which shortcuts away from digestion. Meditation is a good practice to help you maintain a healthy frame of mind for longer periods of time.
Acupuncture will give immediate improvements, and a longer series of treatments will help to clear up really stubborn conditions with deeper and older causes.
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