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
- Acid reflux
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- 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.
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