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Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease, Epigastric Reflux, and Chronic Indigestion
GERD, Reflux and Chronic Indigestion are common complaints. GERD and Reflux can be due to an impairment of the esophageal sphincter muscle, or overactive secretion of digestive acids. Chronic Indigestion involves some form of disruption of the digestive fluids. In addition, stress and emotional upset can severely impact these conditions. Chinese Medicine is able to normalize the function of the esophageal sphincter muscle, and normalize the secretion of digestive fluids, while reducing stress and its effects on the digestive system.
Due to the stress of our modern life styles, Ulcers are fairly common. Peptic Ulcers are due to excess activity of the digestive acids, and are severely impacted by emotional and physical stress. As previously stated, Chinese Medicine effectively treats the physical manifestations of stress and, is able to help the body normalize digestive function.
Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, and Regional Enteritis
The cause of these diseases is unclear. However, autoimmunity, stress, psychological trauma, and foods allergies appear to be complicating factors, if not causes. Chinese Medicine is able to restore equilibrium to the immune system and reduce allergic sensitivity within the digestive tract. In addition, Acupuncture is able to rectify the effects of psychological, mental and emotional stress. In this way, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are able to restore normal gastrointestinal function.
Gallbladder Disorders, Gall Stones, Gallbladder Inflammation
Gallbladder disorders can cause nausea, indigestion, gastric upset, and generalized discomfort anywhere in the abdominal region, with pain that even radiates into the back.
The formation of calculi within the bile tract and gallbladder is a normal physiological process. When the body is unable to eliminate these calculi, or stones, problems can occur, causing low grade discomfort due to gallbladder congestion, or more severe discomfort due to gall stones and inflammation.
Surgery is a common treatment for cholelithiasis or gall stones. However, the removal of the gallbladder does not eliminate the problem, as the hepatic system will continue to form bile salts, which tend to form calculi. Hence the need for a very restricted diet following gallbladder removal. This diet is life long because formation of stones in the bile duct, without the presence of the more pliable gallbladder, is even more problematic. Therefore, non-surgical treatment of gall stones/cholelithiasis would be more preferable.
Chinese Medicine offers special non-surgical methods that purge stones out of the bile tract and gallbladder. In situations which are acute, and do not require emergency surgery, Acupuncture reduces the pain and discomfort, while supporting the process of eliminating the stones. Chinese Medicine also provides methods to reduce the buildup of calculi and reduce the likelihood of acute situations.
Chinese Medicine is able to normalize digestive and bowel function, treat a variety of Gastrointestinal disorders, and manage symptoms such as chronic constipation and diarrhea, gastric reflux, nausea, abdominal discomfort, and bleeding. In addition, Chinese Medicine is able to relieve gallbladder congestion and discomfort, and support non-surgical elimination of gall bladder stones.
Many digestive conditions are aggravated by stress, and as Acupuncture is especially effective for treating stress, Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for acute conditions of stress related digestive problems.
In my work with patients, I incorporate nutritional and dietary counseling, along with specialized exercise and self-care programs. These treatments have helped many patients reduce and even eliminate the symptoms of digestive conditions such as IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastric Reflux/GERD, as well as conditions related to gallbladder inflammation / cholecystitis, and gall stones / cholelithiasis, and non-functional and generalized abdominal discomfort.
Links to information on the treatment of Digestive Disorders with Chinese Medicine:
General information: http://tcm.health-info.org
General information 2: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Peptic ulcer: www.acupuncture.com/research
Gastric motility: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov