Treatment Options: If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned gastrointestinal issues, the first line of defense is often over-the-counter (OTC) medications and depending on the severity of your symptoms, your physician may also recommend surgical procedures. However, if your symptoms are persistent but not so severe that they require surgery, consider adding acupuncture treatments to your existing physician-led plan of care.
According to an article that appeared on the National Institute of Health website, “Pilot studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders including nausea and vomiting, functional disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and diarrhea), peptic ulcer disease, Crohn’s disease, postoperative ileus, and even gall stone disease.”
And at Johns Hopkins’ Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center, they routinely provide acupuncture as a way to combat “gastrointestinal conditions, including heartburn; abdominal pain; irritable colon; diarrhea; constipation.”
A Men’s Health article reports that GI sufferers who received acupuncture treatments as part of a 2007 study by the University of Arizona found “their chest pain decreased 82 percent, heartburn dropped 83 percent, and acid reflux fell 77 percent.” The article also highlights the connection of stress to gastrointestinal disorders – something to take into consideration during the traditionally stressful holiday season.
See What Acupuncture Can Do for You: When you are ready to seek relief, contact Acupuncture Associates in Wilmington, North Carolina to schedule your initial consultation. Clients from Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties consistently rank Robert as one of the most effective and professional acupuncturists in the region – read testimonials here.