Digestive Problems and TCM
Excessive burping, belching, acid reflux, abdominal bloating and embarrassing gas are all signs that not all is well with your digestive system. If you’ve dealt with any of these issues, you know what a pain it can be, not to mention embarrassing and uncomfortable. Not wanting to eat out with friends or colleagues, for fear of burping or gas, it’s no way to live.
If your body is under high stress, it will shift energy from rest and digest organs for a more effective response to the need for survival (fight or flight). This prepares the body to run further, fight harder and survive, which it had to do in primitive times. The brain has no idea that you have a pantry full of food or that rush hour traffic isn’t trying to kill you.
The digestive organs can wait for their share of circulation until the perceived danger has passed. In caveman times, we would have outrun or fought off the danger (like an attacking animal), and everything would have come back to normal back in our cave. In today’s world, we may stay in stress day after day without our digestive organs getting enough energy to do their job fully.
Conclusion: the higher your stress levels, the lower the energy to digest food properly. This has many consequences, and can become a vicious cycle. If you are not digesting your food, your body doesn’t get the protein building blocks to create digestive juices and digestive enzymes. You may experience a lack of energy, muscle fatigue, weight gain and increased hunger – all because your body can’t digest and use the food properly.
Signs and Symptoms
A common physical sign of poor digestion is poor hair and nail health. The quality of hair, skin, and nails directly reflects the quality of a person’s nutrition and their ability to absorb and digest nutrients. Without proper digestion, you will become deficient in Vitamins, Minerals, Essential Fatty Acids and Amino Acids, the nutrients that are essential to feed, protect and renew your trillion cells, keeping you healthy.
When you are under stress, food choices get compromised with convenience foods (usually sugar-y and fatty, high-calorie treats) and take-out. Food sits in the stomach too long, creating gas which leads to the burping, belching and bloating problems. The body is busy surviving the stress, while the secretion of digestive juices has to wait. To help yourself, do your best to reduce stress levels to assist your body in digesting food well.
Digestive disorders may be caused by a variety of factors, such as a high-fat diet, chronic stress, and overeating. Acupuncture for digestive problems can treat digestive imbalance by reducing stress and regulating the hormone/endocrine and nervous system hyperactivity that often accompanies digestive disorder patterns. Acupuncture for digestive problems can be integrated into allopathic medical care with great results. Acupuncture for digestive problems is a medication-free health maintenance therapy that is gentle and works well.
Acupuncture for digestive problems treats digestive conditions by nourishing related organs, reducing inflammation of the stomach and pancreas and improving digestive functions. By selecting certain acupuncture points on the body, acupuncture helps to speed up metabolism, increases gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation, reduces gastric acid secretion, regulates small and large intestine function, and restores stomach acidity to normal levels. In conjunction with Chinese Herbal Medicine and stress reduction techniques, Acupuncture for digestive problems is beneficial in the treatment of digestive and gastrointestinal symptoms.