The effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine on the Gastroenterology/Digestive system

The philosophy has always been, you are what you eat, but truly it’s, you are what you digest. 

Many suffer from digestive disturbances that can hinder their everyday activities and allow for future medical issues to arise. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been proven to be effective in treating an array of digestive complaints and GI disorders such as:

  • Bloating, Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Constipation, Diarrhea
  • Ulcers, Ulcerative colitis
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • IBS, IBD, Crohn’s Disease

TCM benefits digestion by increasing movement through the digestive tract. As well as focusing on the root cause that initiated the stagnation. The majority of patients that suffer from GI and digestive conditions are from stress-related responses.

Acupuncture and other TCM modalities such as herbal medicine and moxibustion not only have antiemetic effects but also have the ability to target the nervous system to control the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems to stimulate the gut and promote digestive responses. Functions such as food breakdown by the stomach, nutrient uptake by the small intestine, and elimination of byproducts from the Large intestine; are vital for ideal digestion. The regulation of actions of the Liver and gallbladder in storing and secreting bile and the pancreas to release digestive chemicals and regulate blood sugar are also important for functional digestion and nutritional absorption.

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