Acupuncture for Crohn’s Disease and Other Digestive Disorders
Acupuncture works to reduce the severity and frequency of Crohn’s symptoms by regulating digestion and calming the mind and spirit.
Acupuncture for Crohn’s Disease and Other Digestive Disorders, at Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture
There are a variety of digestive disorders that benefit from Acupuncture, customized Chinese Botanical formulas, and other modalities offered at Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture. Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastric Esophogeal Reflux Disease are some of the conditions seen most often at Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture. Most patients who come to Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture for help with digestive disorders are on medication. They are looking for an effective complementary therapy that will allow them to either reduce their medication dosages (always in conjunction with their medical doctor) or they want to avoid having to increase medication dosages or having to go on medications with potentially strong side effects. Below, I will focus on how Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture offers relief from the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease, but the principles also apply to other digestive disorders.
Acupuncture works to reduce the severity and frequency of Crohn’s symptoms by regulating digestion and calming the mind and spirit. As for the physical, gentle e-stim at 1 hz connecting two Acupuncture points on the two sides of the belly button, reduces the hypermotility that leads to diarrhea. Retaining needles for 27 minutes or longer is anti-inflammatory making retention of Acupuncture needles an excellent complementary therapy for inflammatory conditions like Crohn’s. In addition, the Perfusion Treatment promotes healthier digestion by gently stimulating the spine segments that house the nerves that control the flow of blood to the digestive organs. This is especially important when patients are unable to manage their stress, as the latter shunts blood away from the internal organs.
Acupuncture in fact helps to shift the body and mind away from the Fight or Flight activation of the sympathetic nervous system, the stress response, toward the relaxation state of the parasympathetic nervous system. This effect of Acupuncture is beneficial, not just due to the increasing evidence for stress being an exacerbating factor of many chronic health conditions like Crohn’s. It is also crucial given the enormous toll that Crohn’s symptoms, often interpreted by the patient as very embarrassing, can have on a patient’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
Chinese Botanical Medicine
Chinese Botanical formulas that regulate gut dysbiosis are helpful given the inflammatory cytokine response elicited by the immune system’s targeting of microbes in the gut. At Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture, we utilize two formulas from Botanical Biohacking, Microguard, and Microguard Plus, to help heal the imbalance of friendly and unfriendly microbe flora in the gut seen in many Crohn’s patients and people suffering from many other chronic complaints. These formulas come in tubes in convenient tiny pellet form, making them easy to take before any meal.
Of course, dietary suggestions, such as certain fermented foods and drinks may be very helpful at healing gut dysbiosis. Encouraging consumption of sprouted plant foods is also often helpful, as the sprouting process improves digestion of grains, seeds and legumes, making their nutrients more assimilable, a major boon to many Crohn’s patients who experience malabsorption and thus have concerns about weight loss.
Primordial Sound Meditation
Finally, another crucial assist in stress management for patients with Crohn’s and other digestive issues, is the practice of meditation. At Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture, Dr. David Blake Jones, DACM, is certified by the Chopra Center for Wellbeing to teach Primordial Sound Meditation, an effortless meditation technique that allows a person to experience the profoundly healing state of Restful Awareness. In this state, people experience a state of rest that is twice as deep as the deepest stage of sleep. This daily vacation for body and mind activates the body’s own internal pharmacy. Patients who have included this easily learned technique into their healing protocol, report improved sleep, improved digestion, improved relationships, and overall, improvement in life quality.
Another helpful component to the stress management of Crohn’s and other Digestive issues, is the practice of Qi Gong. Dr. Jones provides his patients with Gaso-transmitter Therapy exercises, also known as Qi Gong. These simple and easy to learn breath practices, regulate the mind and body, the gut, and improve blood flow, depending on the particular exercise.
Can acupuncture help Crohn's?
Acupuncture is a holistic technique that uses needles to stimulate certain points of the body. This technique can relieve pain and reduce the severity of conditions like Crohn's disease. This method is effective because it encourages the body to heal itself naturally through nerve stimulation.
What does acupuncture on the stomach do?
Acupuncture helps by balancing the gut-brain axis and the nervous system to reduce stress, which in turn improves digestive function. One of the side effects of an overactive sympathetic nervous system is decreased digestive function
How does acupuncture help digestive issues?
The root cause of many digestive issues is often chronic stress, improper diet, poor sleep habits, and other lifestyle issues. Acupuncture helps by balancing the gut-brain axis and the nervous system to reduce stress, which in turn improves digestive function.
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