Digestive disorders

Most people suffer from indigestion and other digestive disorders from time to time. When digestive symptoms become frequent, they may be a larger issue that needs to be addressed. There is no denying that some very modern maladies are on the increase. Irritable bowel syndrome, that spectrum of general digestive unpleasantness, afflicts an estimated 10 to 20 per cent of the UK population. More serious, perhaps, are the inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. A 2012 study published in the journal Gastroenterology indicated that inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are emerging as a global problem.

Symptoms can vary and may include stomach pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and changing appetite and some of the many causes are believed to stem from emotional stress, poor dietary habits, antibiotics or drug use, and toxin exposure.

Acupuncture is a system of medicine, which describes in detail the functioning of the body and how it produces energy. With this understanding, treatments are focused, primarily on addressing the root cause rather than on just the symptoms. Many clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of digestive disorders have presented data which indicates that it can have positive results on conditions such as dryness of the mouth, functional disturbances like reflux, nausea and vomiting, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, inflammatory processes in the intestines, obesity, diabetes mellitus, gout and cholecystitis.

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