Digestive Disorders

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is term used to describe pain or cramp in the abdominal region and changes of bowel movement, but without a known cause.  IBS is different from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.  In IBS, there is nothing wrong with the structure of bowel.

Symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and fullness that have been persisting for the past 3 months for 3 days in a month.  Diarrhea or constipation and both might alternate during your bowel movement.

IBS is a lifelong condition that needs to be moderated with lifestyle changes of incorporating diet and exercise

 

Nausea / Vomit

Nausea and vomiting is one of the most prevalent symptoms with many causes.  Common causes of nausea and vomiting include viral infection, food allergies, morning sickness during early pregnancy, or side-effects from chemotherapy.

 

Constipation

More women and elderly have constipation than men.  The cause of constipation has to do with balance between motility of the intestinal tract and water.  As foods are processed down the intestinal tract, it is important that the motility of the tract is properly working to move the food downward.  However, if the motility decrease or if there is not enough moist in the stool than it becomes difficult for the feces to move through intestinal tract.

 

Allergy- Acupuncture

A natural way to resolve symptoms of allergy by treating the root cause

The immune system is our body’s internal resource to naturally maintain health and recover from disorders.

Allergy is a hypersensitive reaction of the immune system trigger by the external stimulations from seasonal changes or allergens, like pollen. Allergy symptoms include sneezing, rhinitis, runny nose, nasal congestion, sinus infections, itchy skin, rashes, watery or dry eyes, and allergic asthma.

In Eastern medicine, optimal level of immune system is based on well balanced relationship of internal organs – functions of the organs rather than the physical organs. Therefore, allergy symptoms are the surface of an iceberg that has a submerged root in internal organs – mainly stomach, spleen, liver, gallbladder or lung.

Without treating these root causes, most allergy treatments or allergy medications might be only for temporary relief.

For example, a patient comes in with allergy rhinitis. Even though the symptoms appear on the nose, in Eastern medicine, we evaluate the balance of internal organs and diagnose which internal organs (mainly stomach, spleen, liver, gallbladder, or lung) have been compromised.

The most effective way of treating the underlying root cause of allergies is by combining both acupuncture treatment with natural medicinal herbal formulas. Acupuncture mainly works with the function of internal organs by enhancing weakened organs’ function to restore balance to treat the underlying root cause of what might be causing the symptoms.

Therefore, in order to treat allergies, acupuncture and herbs are an excellent way to enhance the internal healing resource in a non-toxic and non-dependent way.

 

Food allergy

Food allergies are an exaggerated immune response, triggered by
certain foods such as peanuts, milk, eggs, etc. You might have a food allergy if you develop symptoms shortly after eating a specific food. Key
symptoms include hives, hoarse voice, wheezing, or skin disorders.

The best way to treat food allergy is to avoid the food itself that causes the allergy. There are allergy shots or probiotics that may help with the problem but they have not been scientifically proven.
Food allergies can be treated by acupuncture and herbal medicine. People with food allergies have a dietary restriction since they have to avoid eating specific foods. Therefore, by using herbal medicine, the patient is able to cope with the food allergies so that they may be able to receive the nutrients from the foods that they would normally avoid. One of the primary missions of acupuncture and herbal medicine is balancing each system’s organ functions to help enhance the immune system. By doing so, the immune system will help protect our body from the allergic reactions.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine work with the internal organ system of the body to contribute to digestive system and to improve the quality of patient’s life. This can be achieved by strengthening the gastrointestinal systems and improving the cooperation of other organs. The digestive system will be able to increase the nutrient absorption to handle a larger variety of foods.

 

Indigestion

Many people experience indigestion but this is not a disease.  It is a symptom that is telling your body there is an underlying issue going on.  You might experience a sensation of fullness, bloating feeling before or after a meal, or discomfort before or during a meal.  Many times a burning sensation might be accompanied in the upper abdominal area.

The causes of the indigestion are associated with the balance of motility of the stomach and blood supply to the organ.  If for some reasons, the stomach is not able to contract and relax the muscles than it will be hard for food to be digested.  If there is not enough blood to the stomach organ to warm the stomach and generate enough heat to release the stomach acid then it will be difficult to digest the food.

 

Acid Reflux

Commonly known as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is one of the most common stomach related symptom.  The content in the stomach leaks backward towards the esophagus from stomach causing burning sensation around the upper abdominal area.

As the food enters through esophagus into the stomach, on the top of the stomach there is a sphincter that encloses the content inside of the stomach.  However, if the sphincter becomes loose then food, liquid, and stomach acids inside the stomach can leak and irritate the surroundings of opening of stomach.

 

Peptic Ulcer

Most patients with ulcer will experience excruciating pain due to its nature of the disease.  Normal lining of the stomach protects acids from deteriorating muscles in digestive tract.  But if this function stops working, then the protection has been compromised where the muscles are exposed to acids which begins inflammation of the lining and eventually making a hole to the walls of digestive tract.

Depending on the location of the ulcer, they are differently named such as esophageal ulcer, stomach ulcer, or duodenal (small intestine) ulcer.

 

Diarrhea

One of defensive mechanism that our body has is diarrhea.  It is a natural responds from our digestive system to flush out any foreign entity that does not belong to us.  Most people will experience mild diarrhea where the stool is loose and watery.  However, if this condition becomes frequent and prolonged then it is a red flag for doctor’s visit.

Diarrhea can be divided into three categories.  Osmotic diarrhea means something in the bowel is drawing water into the bowel.  Secretory diarrhea is when the body forcefully pushes out water into the bowel to release water.  Lastly, excudative diarrhea is when there is blood in the stool which is associated with inflammation in the bowel.

 

Stomach Pain

Everyone will experience stomach pain at least once in their lifetime.  Many times it is easily treated with a proper rest and diet.  However, it can also be a sign for an underlying issue that is going on.  Stomach is known as the second brain and there are many causes that can trigger stomach pain.

Here are few possible causes;

Appendicitis

Constipation

Crohn’s Disease

Endometriosis

Food Poisoning

Food Allergies

Gas

Gallstones

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Hernia

Indigestion

Kidney stones

Lactose Intolerance

Menstrual Cramps

Pelvic Inflammatory disease

Stomach “flu”

Ulcers

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Pain

Digestive Disorders

Metabolic Syndrome

Skin Disorders

Women’s Health

Mental Disorder

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