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.

Book about Crohn´s Disease and medication, injection, syringe and pills. Medic concept

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.

Digestibility disorder. A young woman having a shomach ache

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.

Dietary Guidance

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.

Gaso-Transmitter Therapy

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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Tiago Duarte
17:49 24 Apr 21
I had a bad elbow and Dr. Jones did a really good job. I felt very safe being his patient.Thank you Dr.
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Ashley Murray
04:44 18 Apr 21
Dr. David at Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture is great! He’s very knowledgeable about the various trigger points within... the body to help alleviate pain and discomfort. He made my problem shoulder feel brand new!read more
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13:48 06 Apr 21
My experience with Dr Jones was nothing short of a miracle. I had never had Accupuncture before but had done my... research and knew it would help my knee pain. My 12 sessions were therapeutic and healing . My knee pain has reduced significantly and my emotional state of mind has blossomed. The ambiance is quiet, clean and relaxing. Dr Jones is thorough, thoughtful, and an expert in this field. I highly recommend him and the art of Accupuncture to anyone with pain, emotional baggage or over sensitivity in general. Thanks Doc!read more
Lindsey Wright
Lindsey Wright
16:12 24 Mar 21
What a great experience! In just 6 sessions Dr. David Jones was able to help me release a lot of stored trauma and my... sleep improved significantly!read more
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Jamel Griffin
01:19 10 Feb 21
Dr. Jones was amazing!!! He is thorough, thoughtful, and professional. I left feeling refreshed, relaxed, and... invigorated. I will definitely be visiting his practice again in the future. Whether your having acupuncture for the first time or have had it many times before....treat yourself to a visit with Dr. Jones!read more
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Tara V Robinson
02:22 08 Feb 21
OMG, Dr. Jones is AWESOME! He thorough, attentive and patient. He treats you in accordance to your needs. He makes you... feel warm and welcomed. He is Atlanta's best kept secret.read more
Carl Crespi
Carl Crespi
13:22 19 Dec 20
Dr Jones treated me for a pinched nerve and torn rotator cuff. He is a great educator, and explained how the muscles... and nerves work within the body. I experienced improvements after each visit, and now am exercising my shoulder without any pain or limitations. I expect a 100% recovery thanks to Dr Jones.read more
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Zuheiry Christopher
23:41 18 Dec 20
I came to see Dr. Jones a day after my carpal tunnel surgery was cancelled as an alternative to avoid surgery. It has... been the best decision of my life. On my first session I immediately felt relieved, no pain, numbness or tingling. I have been seeing Dr. Jones for 8 weeks and my carpal tunnel symptoms are long gone. Dr. Jones is very passionate at what he does a true professional, empathetic and a great doctor. I’m happy I found him and the relief he has provided me for my condition.read more
Alfons Dovana
Alfons Dovana
22:22 30 Nov 20
I came in to see Dr. David for knee pain and digestion issues. I was very shocked at how fast I saw improvements after... 2 treatments. His office was very relaxing and I was very comfortable during both treatments. I did not feel the needles and I look forward to going back for more treatments.read more
Corey McIntosh
Corey McIntosh
19:58 30 Nov 20
Thanks to Dr. Jones' help, I'm smoke-free! (13 weeks, today). I stopped August 31st. In the past, I've tried... everything. Nicotine patches...nicotine gum...cold turkey...hypnotherapy. But the acupuncture, combined with meditation really helped me. Seems like maybe it's going to "stick" this time. Thank you for your help, Dr. Jones!read more
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03:29 03 Nov 20
David Blake Jones is, and has been, invaluable to me for his treatment of my severe neck pain, TMJ, anxiety, and... IBS.One of a team of specialists working with me to counteract the effects of these syndromes and problems I have been experiencing for about five years, within months he greatly reduced the frequency of my former daily panic and anxiety attacks to almost nil; the "brain fog" has subsided, and the incidents of IBS have lessened. My neck pain has improved dramatically, as well as the TMJ.David has a great "bedside manner," as he takes the time needed to listen to my concerns and physical complaints, and is willing to try various techniques to alleviate pain and bring me back to a healthful state. He suggests complementary treatment, if warranted, and makes himself available between appointments for questions and needed encouragement.N.P.Los Angeles, CAread more
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Leslie Harwell
14:10 23 Sep 20
Dr. Jones is a fantastic listener, and really takes the time to work through with you what your issues are and a plan... to approach and fix them. I came with acute back and neck pain, and it was completely resolved in two sessions, and he provided great guidance on at home exercises to compliment. Will definitely be going back and recommend to anyone!read more
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