Digestive Health

Last Updated on October 29, 2021

Human digestive system cross section

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can correct many complicated digestive problems. The digestive system is an essential component of a healthy and vital body. When the digestive system is not working well it can negatively impact one’s work, home, and social life. 

At Inner Gate Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon, we diagnose each digestive complaint and then use Chinese medicine and acupuncture to treat each patient in a unique way. This allows us to work directly with the underlying causes of the disease to create lasting results.

Certain acupuncture points have been shown to directly influence the digestive system. Some points increase stomach acids, while others promote movement in the intestines. It is also important to realize that good digestion requires rest and relaxation. Acupuncture is very relaxing and treatment helps reduce the stress that negatively impacts our digestion.

Five ways acupuncture improves digestion:

     • Regulate gastric secretions
     • Relieve inflamed stomach linings
     • Relieve pain by calming stress
     • Resolves gas and bloating pain
     • Regulates intestinal motility 

The digestive system is an important and sensitive system. It requires eating slowly and resting after meals. Unfortunately, many of us are eating quickly without taking breaks from our stressful schedules. These patterns combined with improper food choices and overeating lead to many digestive disorders; including heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and more complicated diseases like ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and crohn’s disease.

Inner Gate Acupuncture works to alleviate food sensitivities and allergies. We use diets specially designed to eliminate inflammation in the digestive tract to reduce your food sensitivities. We prescribe Chinese herbs to heal the stomach and intestinal linings. We also design healthy and sustainable diets that don’t inflame the mucosal linings. Many allergies can be eliminated in this simple manner.

Digestive complaints acupuncture treats:

     • Diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
     • Acid reflux, GERD, vomiting, nausea
     • Bloating, gas, chronic abdominal pain
     • Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease

The main responsibility of the digestive system is to bring nutrients into the body. In Chinese theory digestion is considered the source of all vital energy, or Qi, that we use on a daily basis. For us to be healthy it is essential that our digestive systems are strong and capable of supplying our tissues and organs with the nutrients they need.

Chinese herbal medicine been used for centuries to correct digestive disorders. We use over 300 herbs in specific combinations, creating delicate formulas that have little to no side effects. By working on a deep level to address the root cause of the disease, we help our patients heal quickly.

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