Digestive Conditions

Acupuncture is an effective therapy to assist in controlling the frequency and severity of flare ups due to gastrointestinal tract disorders and diseases. It has been shown to be successful in controlling pain, bloating, acid reflux, stimulating the appetite, nausea, gas, constipation and diarrhoea and reducing feeling of anxiety and depression due to digestive conditions. 

End the stigma

There is still a lot of stigma attached to digestive conditions due to conversations around bodily functions, which sometimes isn't an easy topic to discuss with others. Unfortunately many people suffer in silence but it's doesn't have to be this way. It is very important to get the correct diagnosis for your digestive symptoms. Whether you have Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Acid reflux, or an Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Chrohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. It is important to address all symptoms related to our digestive health. 

How can acupuncture help?

  • inhibiting gastric and duodenal motility by activating sympathetic nerves via spinal reflexes, and increasing motility via the vagus nerve and supraspinal reflexes.

  • altering acid secretion, and visceral pain.

  • improving delayed gastric emptying.

  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.

  • stimulating areas in the brain that are involved in gastric perception.

  • inhibiting stress-induced pro-opiomelanocortin expression in the hypothalamus.

  • increasing vasoactive intestinal peptide and nitric oxide in plasma, gastric mucosal and bulb tissues, and elevating expression of vasoactive intestinal peptide in antral smooth muscle.

  • decreasing permeability of intestinal mucosa in patients with acute pancreatitis, and reducing accumulation of endogenous inflammatory mediators and vascular active substance in intestinal mucosa.

Source: https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/gastrointestinal-tract-disorders.html