Why good gut health does matter?
Image result for digestive health tcm Many people are finding they are having more food intolerances than previous generations. Everyone has some digestive problems from time to time, an upset stomach, gas, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea.
Many digestive problems may be uncomfortable or embarrassing, but they are not serious and don’t last long. Others can be controlled with simple changes in your diet. But sometimes even common digestive symptoms can be signs of a more serious problem. Common complaints I see in my clinic are people who have IBS, Stomach pain, constant bloating, constipation and discomfort after eating and finding it difficult to certain digest foods like wheat and diary.
How your digestive system works in Chinese Medicine?
According to Chinese Medicine your digestive system is composed of your Spleen and Stomach, commonly referred to as the Earth element. The stomach is considered a cauldron which churns the food and begins the separation process. The Spleen then drives the separation of nutrient and waste, with the refined essence being sent up to the Heart and Lungs and the turbid waste down. As the turbid substances pass through the Small Intestine and Colon further nutrients are extracted with the solid waste being excreted through the Colon and the liquid through the Bladder.
This refined essence is combined with the Qi received by the Lungs and processed further in the Heart where it is made into Qi and Blood then circulates around the body. In the end your digestive system is where nutrition and waste should flow smoothly. When blockages occur, illness results.
There is a wide range of symptoms for which Acupuncture helps. Please view Acupuncture Evidence Project below.
Acupuncture may help in treating many digestive disorders including:
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Loss of appetite
- Acid refulx
- Bloating and stomach pain
- Emotional problems