Five Element Acupuncture for Digestive Disorders

With digestive diseases on the rise, representing one of the country’s most serious health problems, resulting in chronic discomfort and pain, numerous hours lost to treatment or surgery, and an increasing rate of mortality, it is important to understand how Five Element Acupuncture can help.

It is estimated that each year around 63 million Americans are diagnosed with a digestive disorder. These include but are not limited to: hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic liver disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux, peptic ulcer disease, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, gastritis, diverticular disease, and gallstones. More Americans are hospitalized with digestive issues than any other condition.1

In the Five Element Acupuncture system, human experience is divided into five elemental groups that reflect all levels of human function such as anatomic and physiologic functioning of the organ systems. The Five Elements include Wood (liver and gall bladder), Fire (heart, small intestine, triple heater, pericardium), Earth (spleen, stomach), Metal (lung, colon) and Water (kidney, bladder).2 With the Earth Element representing the stomach, spleen, pancreas and all digestive processes, it is easy to see how Five Element Acupuncture can target and treat the source of any chronic digestive diseases.

Numerous studies conducted have confirmed that acupuncture is an effective treatment for digestive diseases including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, constipation, and gastroesophageal reflux or acid reflux. These studies found that acupuncture was significantly more effective than pharmacological therapy. 3 It was also determined that acupuncture can effectively inhibit pain and depression associated with digestive disorders while alleviating patients’ symptoms safely.4

To find out more about how Five Element Acupuncture can help with your digestive issues, please reach out to Beverly.

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