Acupuncture for Digestive Disorders 

An estimated 20 million Canadians suffer from digestive disorders every year.

Research shows that acupuncture can decrease symptoms related to common digestive and gastrointestinal disorders including;

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Our registered acupuncturist Amber Dai practiced for two years and treated patients in a top affiliated hospital in China in Gastroenterology. She is now practicing in downtown Edmonton at Monica Patt Acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a natural, drug free approach for chronic digestive disorders and can be safely used alongside medications.

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Acupuncture can help with the following Digestive Issues:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) both constipation and diarrhea dominant
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Chronic functional constipation and diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids

Acupuncture does this by:

  • Regulating gastrointestinal motility
  • Reducing nausea and vomiting
  • Reducing bloating and abdominal cramping
  • Reducing frequency of acid regurgitation and heart burn
  • Protecting the integrity of the gastrointestinal barrier
  • Working alongside your medications to reduce side effects of chronic digestive disorders.

Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

1 in 140 Canadians live with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.

Both Chron’s and Ulcerative Colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases. Chron’s causes inflammation anywhere in the digestive track while ulcerative colitis is localized in the large intestine.

Both inflame the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and include symptoms of diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain and cramping, decreased appetite, weight loss and inflammation.

Acupuncture can decrease the frequency of diarrhea and abdominal pain by regulating gastrointestinal motility and decreasing visceral pain.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder that effects as many as 18% of the Canadian population.

IBS can have a variety of symptoms including intestinal cramping, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, constipation or both and fatigue.

Acupuncture can help decrease the symptoms of IBS by regulating gastrointestinal motility, decreasing smooth muscle spasm and decreasing visceral pain.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is characterized by stomach acid frequently flowing into the esophagus. This can lead to symptoms such as chest pain, acid reflux, difficulty swallowing and a sensation of a lump in your throat.

Acupuncture can effectively inhibit acid reflux in those living with GERD and alleviate symptoms with minimal risk.

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