Chinese Medicine for Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Gastro-Intestinal (GI) complaints are extremely common in the US; about 1 in 4 people have some limitation as a result.  GI disorders can be functional, such as constipation, or inflammatory, such as Crohn’s Disease.

Types of GI Disorders include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • GERD
  • Acid reflux
  • Gas
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulitis
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease

How Wildwood Can Help:

We take a holistic approach to GI disorders and diagnose each patient individually to effectively treat the specific disharmony.  Recommendations may include dietary changes, Chinese herbal medicine, medical qi-gong, and an acupuncture treatment plan.  Acupuncture can soothe the digestive tract, reduce stress that contributes to GI distress, increase GI muscle contraction and relaxation.

The Research: Given there are so many disorders under the GI umbrella we highlight a few difference conditions below that showed positive results:

  • Acupuncture in Critically Ill Patients Improves Delayed Gastric Emptying: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Pfab et al, 2011).  Thirty ICU patients with delayed gastric emptying either received acupuncture or drug treatment.  After 5 days, 80% of the acupuncture group developed feeding tolerance and decreased gastric residual volume;  only 60% of the drug treatment group developed tolerance while their gastric residual volume increased.  For Full Article, Click Here nihm.Pfab
  • Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders and Acupuncture (Yin &  Chen, 2010). A review of the literature was performed finding “In summary, acupuncture or EA is able to alter gastrointestinal motility functions and improve gastrointestinal motility disorders.”  For Full Article, Click Here nih.Yin
  • Acupuncture and the relaxation response for treating gastrointestinal symptoms in HIV patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (Chang & Sommers, 2011). The acupuncture group showed greater reduction in loose stool symptoms and nausea.  For Full Article, Click Here: nih.chang

At Wildwood Acupuncture Center–we are a family owned medically based clinic who will work in collaboration with other treatments you are receiving to enhance your treatment results.

Call us today to schedule a consultation: 301-530-5308