Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and GERD

Fifteen percent of adults have reported experiencing irritable bowel syndrome at least once during their lifetime. This syndrome includes symptoms like bloating, gas, headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, and constipation. Stress and certain foods can worsen these conditions. IBS occurs when there is a problem with functionality in the lower digestive tract.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

ibsAccording to traditional Chinese medicine, irritable bowel syndrome is said to be the result of an energy imbalance in the spleen and liver. The spleen is responsible for digesting and absorbing the nutrients from food to provide life energy to the body while the liver manages the flow of blood and Qi throughout the body. Blockages and imbalances can occur due to stress, not exercising, unhealthy eating, overeating, and overworking the mind. If the spleen is having problems then the liver is likely to develop them as well and vice versa. A plan will be created to address the causes of IBS and relieve the symptoms of it.

If you suffer from acid reflux, food poisoning, irritable bowel syndrome, or any other digestive problem, Contact Dr. Laurie Binder for an appointment. We can assure you that we you’ll feel better with this natural and more effective treatment.

Treat Acid Reflux with Los Angeles Acupuncture

Acid Reflux AcupunctureAcid reflux, more commonly known as Gerd is a very common problem in the United States. There are many ways to treat the symptoms of this problem. There are scores of pills and drugs on the market, prescription and over-the-counter. created for the sole purpose of relieving these symptoms, but they may have side effects, inhibit the absorption of nutrients, or interact with other medications that the patient is currently taking. Traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture and herbs are completely natural ways to help gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Chinese medicinal assessment finds the source of the imbalance in the stomach Qi. Once that imbalance is corrected the symptoms should cease. The treatment will include dietary changes as well as acupuncture and herbal therapy.

In 2005, a study was released by the American Journal of Physiology on the effectiveness of acupuncture for treatment of acid reflux. The study used electro acupuncture instead of standard acupuncture.  They found that electrical acupuncture was more efficient and effective in relieving symptoms than standard medicines. This procedure has been proven to relax the esophageal sphincter, a muscle that opens to allow food into the stomach, by over forty percent when specific acupuncture points on the wrist are stimulated. If the esophageal sphincter is over-active, then it will open at the wrong time which allows stomach acid to pass up through it causing symptoms like belching and heartburn.

Contact Dr. Laurie Binder for an Acupuncture appointment to treat gastrointestinal problems naturally.