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Digestive Disorders

Treatment for Digestive Disorders: Acupuncture

Together, acupuncture and chiropractic care form an excellent first line of defense against Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other issues that cause digestive distress. For patients in Wall, Brick, Manasquan, and Point Pleasant, our office provides acupuncture and chiropractic in order to eliminate digestive concerns and allow sufferers to return to active, healthy lives.

Nearly every person has experienced the discomfort, pain, and minor disruption caused by stomachache, diarrhea, gas pains, vomiting, nausea, and/or cramping. Although these symptoms are ubiquitous, they can become extremely life-altering when experienced on a regular basis. Unpleasant digestive symptoms may be a sign of gastroenteritis, stomach cancer (more rarely), ulcers, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

For some, digestive concerns may be directly linked to poor diet or the over-consumption of alcohol. Smoking and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen may also cause stomach distress.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Acupuncture for Brick, NJ Patients

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the most common condition causing abnormal digestive functioning. It is a particularly frustrating condition to treat because it is considered a diagnosis of exclusion . In other words, IBS is diagnosed when all other conditions have been tested for and have been eliminated as possibilities.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be extremely distressing and lead to major, daily disruption in normal, active lifestyles. It may cause cramping, bloating, stomach pain, and irregular bowels. IBS patients are generally categorized as predominantly suffering from either constipation or  diarrhea although some sufferers experience both symptoms alternately. Emotional issues, anxiety, hormonal changes, or the ingestion of specific foods may trigger IBS symptoms. Women are particularly vulnerable to this condition.

Patients with IBS are hard to treat because the condition is not caused by any structural damage or abnormalities. For this reason, it is considered a functional illness, one in which the intestines fail to function properly, seemingly with little or no provocation.

Patients with IBS often suffer from other difficult-to-treat and -diagnose conditions, including fibromyalgia, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Acupuncture is helpful for IBS patients for the same reasons it is useful for patients with these other conditions—it directly affects the production and balance of certain neurotransmitters (serotonin, for example) as well as hormones. Acupuncture also calms anxiety and can help patients quit smoking.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (of which Acupuncture is a technique) holds that the body’s life force (known as Qi ) must remain in balance in order for a general state of health to prevail. When Qi is blocked or unbalanced, disorder of any kind—including digestive problems—may occur. Acupuncture restores the body to a natural condition of harmony.