Digestive Problems

An enormous number of Australians suffer in silence from the uncomfortable and debilitating effects of digestive problems. These types of problems are becomingly progressively more common in Western countries as our diets increasingly consist of highly processed foods our bodies don’t have the capabilities to digest. Many of these conditions are understood only vaguely in western medicine, diagnosed as a collection of symptoms to be treated rather than a complete condition with traceable causes. Traditional Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to digestive problems, using acupuncture to restore systemic imbalances within the body.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a range of digestive conditions including:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcers
  • Inflammatory Diseases (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s etc.)
  • Gastritis
  • Heartburn
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Gastrointestinal Infections
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Hiatal Hernia

How Can Acupuncture Help?

In traditional Chinese medicine, pain and illness is understood to be the symptoms of disharmony within the body. Central to this practice is the idea of qi (life force) which flows around the body and is the source of health, wellbeing and vitality. Qi flow can be blocked by a number of things including lifestyle, stress, and medication. When this happens the body reacts by exhibiting physical symptoms. Acupuncture works by restoring flow to the body through stimulating certain areas. Treatment works in three ways:

Reducing Stress

Stress throws out many systems in the body, and is the root cause of many illnesses. Research has shown acupuncture can reduce the brain’s production of stress hormones and promote relaxation within the body.

Regulating the Endocrine System

The endocrine system is responsible for hormone regulation within the body. Many factors can throw this system into a state of imbalance, causing illness and impeding the body’s natural ability to heal itself. An acupuncturist can restore flow and balance in the endocrine system, boosting immune responses and regulating function.

Improving Blood Flow

Optimal blood flow is crucial for ensuring all parts of your body receive the oxygen, nutrients, and hormones they need to function properly. Acupuncture stimulates areas of the body to improve blood flow and clear blockages.

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