Acupuncture for Digestion Problems in Santa Monica, CA
Your gut health can affect the health of your entire body. The connection shared among your gut, your immune system and brain, as well as the impact of inflammation on gut health, is quickly becoming an important factor in helping to treat various digestive issues. Digestive and gut health disorders are on the rise and account for over 21.7 million hospitalizations annually in the U.S. Finding natural and less-invasive treatments for chronic digestion problems which impact the immune system and brain, and cause inflammation is becoming a priority—especially if it means avoiding dangerous surgeries and costly medications with their unwanted side effects.
Acupuncture is a natural, alternative treatment for combatting digestive disorders by helping your body harness its natural healing abilities to regain optimal wellness. To schedule a consultation with a healthcare professional in Santa Monica that is trained in acupuncture for digestion problems, call (424) 365-1800 or contact Vitality Integrative Medicine online.
How Acupuncture for Digestive Disorders Works
Acupuncture is an ancient staple of Chinese medicine which involves the insertion of thin needles into the surface of the skin in varying depths at various acupuncture points on the body. It is thought that acupuncture stimulates and clears blockages to the flow of Qi (your life energy) to restore health.
Acupuncture and digestion don't seem remotely connected, but emerging research suggests acupuncture restores gut health, benefits digestion, reduces nausea and heartburn, and normalizes diarrhea and constipation. Acupuncture for digestive pain is particularly effective. Even hemorrhoids have been shown to respond to acupuncture treatments.
The reason many think acupuncture has these effects on digestive health is the guts relationship with the flow of Qi. Qi is thought to be produced by both inhaled air and from nutrition gained through digestion.
Many practitioners of acupuncture also find that acupuncture helps to increase blood flow to the digestive organs to encourage healing. Theories also suggest acupuncture's ability to quell digestive issues helps to stimulate overall immune system health and helps balance inflammation in the body.
Modern brain researchers note that the relationship between acupuncture and digestion may have clear connections in brain chemistry. Consider the links between brain chemistry, stress and digestion. When food is consumed during a stressful situation, or when chronic stress is present, cortisol floods the body, compromising digestion, impacting absorption of nutrients, causing indigestion and even irritating and inflaming the lining of the digestive tract. Cortisol can disrupt hormonal balance and be a causal factor in certain digestive disorders. Digestive conditions like ulcers, IBS and colitis are known for their stress connection. Acupuncture can reduce stress and lower cortisol levels. Used alone, acupuncture can balance the endocrine system and stimulate neuroendocrine effects impacting digestion. Acupuncture also can impact metabolism and modulate both the peripheral and central nervous systems.
What to Expect When Acupuncture is Used as a Treatment for Digestive Disorders
Many world-class research and treatment facilities are recommending acupuncture for patients with severe or chronic digestive issues. The number of sessions recommended will vary according to the type and severity of your digestive disorder. Some conditions require as much as 3-9 months of ongoing acupuncture sessions at least twice each week. Sessions can range from 20 minutes to 2 hours.
Acupuncture for digestive disorders involves the relatively painless insertion of thin needles at any of over 400 identified energy points along meridians on your body. Your particular condition and issues will determine how many and where needles will be used on your body.
Acupuncture needles should be sterile and never be reused. Your acupuncturist should ask general health questions and ideally require a medical history. A medical examination may be required.
To request more information about acupuncture for digestion, or to begin a treatment regimen with a qualified acupuncturist in Santa Monica, call (424) 365-1800 or contact Vitality Integrative Medicine online.
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