Whereas Western medicine deals with causative agents of disease entities and specific treatments, Chinese medicine adopts a holistic approach, with the aim of maintaining health by restoring balance of body functions
The effects of acupuncture on gastrointestinal function have been extensively studied by contemporary scientists, mostly reported in the Chinese literature, and with many acupuncture doctors.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Digestive Disorders Oriental medicine has been used for digestive disorders for thousands of years, where specific acupuncture points and herbal formulas for borborygmus (rumbling or gurgling in the intestines), abdominal pain and diarrhea with pain are discussed. According to Oriental medical theory, most digestive disorders are due to disharmony in the spleen and stomach. The spleen plays a central part in the health and vitality of the body, taking a lead role in the assimilation of nutrients and maintenance of physical strength. It turns digested food from the stomach into usable nutrients and Qi (energy). Many schools of thought have been formed around this organ; the premise being that the proper functioning of the “middle” is the key to all aspects of vitality. By taking into account a person’s constitution and varied symptoms, a treatment plan is designed specifically for the individual to bring their “middle” back into harmony and optimize the proper functioning of the digestive system. A variety of techniques can be used during treatment including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore digestive health. Is your digestive system functioning as well as it could? Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are extremely effective at treating a wide array of digestive disorders.