A range of digestive conditions can potentially respond well to traditional Chinese medicine, especially for people who have tried other approaches that have unfortunately been unsuccessful. This includes:
- Acupuncture: The aim is to treat the root of a digestive condition and promote overall well-being and calm. Acupuncture deals with the flow of qi and is an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine. First used more than 2500 years ago, it is possible to use acupuncture to treat complex digestive issues.
- Chinese herbal medicine: The aim of using a selection of herbs is to restore the body to good digestive health and balance. Chinese medicine offers the prospect of healing in this area.
- Tui na massage: Typically used to treat chronic musculoskeletal problems, lower back pain, frozen shoulders and so on, it can also treat people suffering from digestive issues such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
- Qi Gong: A calming exercise that affects the parasympathetic nervous system which in turn helps the regulation of the digestive organs, and breath work practices facilitating the movement of the digestion by ‘massaging’ the internal organs with the pump like action of the diaphragm and reaction of the pelvic floor.
Where Chinese medicine is concerned, the main organs associated with digestive disorders are:
Spleen: This is because its white blood cells fight infection in the blood. It also controls levels of platelets and white and red blood cell levels in our bodies. The Spleen needs to be moist to work well.
Stomach: The stomach is where foods are broken down to help the body digest them. The stomach needs to be on the drier side to function well.
When the balance of both Spleen (Yin) and the Stomach (Yang) is disturbed, the digestive system can develop issues.
Common and Chronic Issues
- Chronic fatigue as a result of digestive issues
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Gastrointestinal infections
- Circulation issues in the gastrointestinal system, such as cramps
- Bacterial infections, including salmonella
- Gastric ulcers
- Gastritis and gastroenteritis
- Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel conditions
A reputable Chinese medicine practitioner in our London clinic may use a mixture of acupuncture, including Moxibustion, Chinese medicine, and Tui na massage, to treat digestive disorders. However, each patient is personally assessed to receive the right healing technique for their chronic condition.
If you are struggling with digestive issues, either those on the list above or other difficulties, Chinese medicine can help restore digestive balance and harmony. In addition, acupuncture treats the whole person, not just the symptoms. Also, it can help relieve stress and upset caused by persistent and chronic digestive conditions that have thus far not responded to treatment.
To learn more about how we can help, book an appointment with one of our experienced and well-qualified Chinese medicine practitioners in London. Visit Acubody today to learn more.