Gastrointestinal (GI) problems like inflammatory bowel disease limit your ability to enjoy life. Even worse, they tend to resist conventional therapies, leaving patients searching for a safe and effective treatment option, such as acupuncture. The licensed acupuncturists at Madison Family Wellness have extensive experience thoroughly evaluating GI problems and developing an acupuncture treatment plan that’s customized for your health needs. To learn more about how acupuncture can heal your GI problem, call or schedule an appointment online.
How does acupuncture heal GI problems?
Acupuncture heals illness and disease in your GI tract by restoring the flow of qi, which is the energy that runs along specific channels or meridians, connecting organ systems throughout your body. GI problems develop when a meridian is blocked or disrupted, causing an imbalance in energy.
When acupuncture needles are placed at precise points along the blocked meridians, the needles open the blockage and restore your normal energy flow. As balance returns, your body can use its natural ability to heal your GI problem.
Acupuncture also relieves the pain associated with GI conditions. The needles stimulate muscle and sensory neurons, sending messages to your brain that result in the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins. The neurotransmitters help your brain regulate pain, and endorphins are your body’s natural pain relievers.
What GI problems can acupuncture treat?
The experienced team at Madison Family Wellness uses acupuncture to effectively treat most types of GI problems, including:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Peptic ulcer
- Abdominal bloating
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Acid reflux and indigestion
Acupuncture heals the underlying cause of each condition while easing your symptoms by reducing inflammation and pain.
Studies show that acupuncture can even help treat the side effects of chemotherapy in patients with gastric cancer. GI problems such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea were reduced by at least half in patients who received acupuncture daily compared to those who didn’t undergo acupuncture treatment.
What should I expect during acupuncture treatment for GI problems?
Gastrointestinal conditions arise from many potential issues, including your diet, emotions, medications, exposure to toxins, and chronic inflammation. The compassionate team at Madison Family Wellness carefully evaluates your symptoms together with your lifestyle and all the factors that potentially affect your gastrointestinal system.
Acupuncture protocols are always individualized for each patient. For example, the team may use acupuncture to regulate smooth muscles in your digestive tract, stimulate or inhibit gastric secretions, or trigger an immune response, depending on your needs.
The team can enhance your acupuncture treatment with techniques such as moxibustion and electrical stimulation. You may also receive therapies to complement your acupuncture sessions and provide whole-person treatment. For example, you may benefit from herbal medicine or a nutritional plan with foods that are therapeutic for your GI condition.
If you need help with uncomfortable GI problems, call Madison Family Wellness or schedule an appointment online.