Acupuncture & TCM for Digestive Issues
Recent studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in managing a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders, including acid reflux, nausea, bloating, SIBO, functional disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea), Crohn’s disease, postoperative ileus, and even gall stone disease.
Acupuncture works by balancing the autonomous nervous system, regulating motility, and affecting gastroenteric hormones. Chinese herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments helping reduce visceral hypersensitivity, decrease mucosal inflammation, regulate the brain-intestine axis, and even normalize colonic flora.
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