Acupuncture and Food Poisoning

Food PoisoningMillions of people eat out at restaurants every single night. With a number so large, it isn’t uncommon for contaminated food to be ingested on occasion. This causes an unpleasant condition known as food poisoning. This occurs when a person consumes food filled with parasites, bacteria, or viruses. E. coli, salmonella, shigella, and staphylococcus are the most common bacteria that cause this. The many symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and cramping.

Typically this condition self resolves without the use of medication in about a week, but if it lasts any longer than that then medical attention should be sought out. If left untreated, it can develop into more serious problems such as Reiter’s syndrome. After the body removes the bacteria, it can take months before your digestive system is functioning at its best. In the time just after this sickness is treated, you’ll have a higher risk of contracting it once again since your body is still weakened.

Proper rest and rehydration is necessary for treating this condition. Vomiting and diarrhea can cause a major loss in electrolytes, so be sure to consume plenty of water. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture are used to relieve the symptoms of this disease as well as quicken the recovery process. Your digestive system will also be strengthened in order to prevent reoccurrence.

Oriental medicine involves the use of acupuncture and herbs. Acupuncture addresses symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Ginger in particular is excellent for treating food poisoning as well as many other digestive problems that involve diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, abdominal pain, and nausea. Researchers have discovered that ginger extract blocks a specific bacterium known for causing over two hundred million cases of typical diarrhea.

Use Acupuncture to Heal Your Digestive System

digestive painOver one hundred million people today are affected by some form of digestive problem and roughly forty million people visit their physician every year to report such problems. The wide range of digestive disorders includes acid reflux, food poisoning, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, constipation, and ulcerative colitis.

There are many reports stating that oriental medicine and acupuncture have been shown to help treat the symptoms of these gastrointestinal problems. Oriental medicine techniques have been used since the days of ancient China around 3AD. Texts show that digestive disorders were treated with many special herbs and acupuncture techniques to cure symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.

Ancient texts also state that the reason a person develops a digestive problem is due a disruption of Qi, or life energy, in their stomach and spleen. These essential organs are responsible for the absorption of nutrients from the foods you consume, so if energy is not flowing properly through them then symptoms like fatigue, weakness, digestive disorders, and weight gain could occur.

Every oriental medicine treatment plan is different as it is created based on specific traits and symptoms. The goal is to balance and increase the flow of Qi throughout your entire body. This will not only help treat the symptoms of digestive problems, but will boost the health of your digestive system as well. Acupuncture, herbs, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes are all important factors in the treatment plan.

Contact Dr. Laurie Binder for an Acupuncture appointment to treat any gastrointestinal problems.

Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and GERD

Fifteen percent of adults have reported experiencing irritable bowel syndrome at least once during their lifetime. This syndrome includes symptoms like bloating, gas, headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, and constipation. Stress and certain foods can worsen these conditions by irritating the bowels even more so. This condition occurs when there is a problem in the lower digestive tract.

ibsAccording to traditional Chinese medicine, irritable bowel syndrome is said to be the result of an energy imbalance in the spleen and liver. The spleen is responsible for digesting and absorbing the nutrients from food to provide life energy to the body while the liver manages the flow of blood and Qi throughout the body. Blockages and imbalances can occur due to stress, not exercising, unhealthy eating, overeating, and overworking the mind. If the spleen is having problems then the liver is likely to develop them as well and vice versa. A plan will be created to address the causes of IBS and relieve the symptoms of it.

If you suffer from acid reflux, food poisoning, irritable bowel syndrome, or any other digestive problem, Contact Dr. Laurie Binder for a Santa Monica Acupuncture appointment. We can assure you that we will improve your health the natural and more effective way. You’ll feel better than ever before after finishing your oriental medicine and acupuncture treatment plan, so get started today.

Treat Acid Reflux with Los Angeles Acupuncture

Acid Reflux AcupunctureAcid reflux, more commonly known as Gerd is a very common problem in the United States. There are many ways to treat the symptoms of this problem. There are scores of pills and drugs on the market, prescription and over-the-counter. created for the sole purpose of relieving these symptoms, but they may have side effects, or interact with other medications that the patient is currently taking. Traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture and herbs are completely natural ways to help gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Chinese medicine addresses the source of the imbalance. Once that is corrected the symptoms will cease. This is preferable to continually treating the symptoms with more medications.

In 2005, a study was released by the American Journal of Physiology on the effectiveness of acupuncture for this disease. They have found that electrical acupuncture is more efficient and effective than standard medicines. This procedure has been proven to relax the esophageal sphincter, a muscle that opens to allow food into the stomach, by over forty percent when specific acupuncture points on the wrist are stimulated. If the esophageal sphincter is over-active, then it will open at the wrong time which allows stomach acid to pass up through it causing symptoms like belching and heartburn.

Contact Dr. Laurie Binder for an Acupuncture appointment to treat any gastrointestinal problems.

Acupuncture for Food Poisoning

July 2008
Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite #36
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-564-4325

Acupuncture Treats Food Poisoning

Over thirty million people in the United States suffer from conditions like diarrhea and vomiting each year as a result of food poisoning. Food poisoning in a term used to describe any kind of illness that occurs due to contaminated foods. Food poisoning may also be known as gastroenteritis, food borne illness, or infectious diarrhea and can be caused by a wide range of viruses, parasites, and bacteria. The most common causes seen today are from bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, shigella, and staphylococcus aureus.

If a person has food poisoning, they will have symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms. Most of the time food poisoning ends up healing on its own within a week, but can damage the digestive system in the long run. In fact, it can take up to six months to completely restore bowel movements. It also makes the body much weaker meaning it can catch food poisoning a lot easier than before. Occasionally food poisoning can develop into a worse condition known as Reiter’s syndrome, which can result in severe arthritis.

Most of the time food poisoning is mild and is never diagnosed due to how quickly it passes through the body. There have been severe outbreaks of chronic food poisoning conditions though. Most notably is a Salmonella outbreak that lasted more than three months and affecter over eight hundred residents of the United States. This resulted in tomatoes being pulled from restaurants and stores from every state.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture are two methods people use to treat this condition, or more so the conditions caused by food poisoning. Oriental medicine calls for getting the right amount of fluids to restore electrolytes while eating the correct foods. The diet involved usually consists of soft, bland, and easy to digest foods in small servings. A few good foods to eat include rice, toast, applesauce, and bananas. Acupuncture will relieve the symptoms of food poisoning, speed up the recovery process, and improve the digestive system overall which will decrease the chances of food poisoning reoccurring in the body.

Oriental medicine specialists see food poisoning as built up heat in the stomach and intestines as a result of consuming foods considered unclean. Heat conditions like this are said to occur mostly in the summer, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention verifies is in fact true about food poisoning. Acupuncture specifically aims to remove this heat from the body in order to calm the stomach from vomiting. After the symptoms are cured, acupuncture works on strengthening the body in its entirety and increases energy levels. It will also reduce the chances of food poisoning from reoccurring again.

If you suffer from food poisoning or wish to improve your digestive system then it would be a good idea to consult with someone who specializes in oriental medicine and acupuncture. Acupuncture can also increase one’s life span as well as make a person feel physical and mentally better than ever. Call or send me an email to schedule an appointment today.


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  • Acupuncture Treats Food Poisoning

Ginger Aids Digestion

Did you know that ginger is always served with sushi because of its ability to prevent food poisoning?

Acupuncture for Digestive Health


April 2008
Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street Suite #36
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-564-4325

Acupuncture for Digestive Health

Over forty percent of people in the United States are affected by some form of a digestive disorder. This can include irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and acid reflux. It has been discovered that most Americans visit their physician due to stomach or digestive problems. There are many medications to address such condition, but the side effects can be quite severe by themselves. This is the reason why more people are looking into alternative treatments such as oriental medicine and acupuncture. It has been reported that these two methods are much more effective in treating digestive problems than standard treatments.

There has been evidence that oriental medicine and acupuncture had been used since the first century in Asia. Acupuncture requires specific points to be targeted while oriental medicine usually involves herbal medications and lifestyle changes. The Easterners believed that digestive disorders are caused by imbalances of the Qi, or life energy, in the spleen or stomach. The spleen is said to be the main controller of all Qi in the body and it is also responsible for transforming food into the nutrients and life energy the body needs.

Oriental medicine treatment plans are customized per person depending on the conditions, general health, and symptoms involved. The idea is to restore balance of the spleen in order to restore the functions of the digestive system. The techniques involved include lifestyle changes, herbal medication, body exercises, diet changes, and acupuncture.

The Acupuncture Point Zusanli

This point is also referred to as St 36, or Stomach 36, and is considered one of the main points used in acupuncture. It is tender point located a few inches below the kneecap right outside the shinbone. Restoring balance to this point will not only aid in the healing process of the digestive system, but can also benefit the body in many ways.

Adjusting Zusanli will let blood and Qi flow through the body as it should while also strengthening the stomach and spleen. It can also either decrease or increase the body’s blood press and white blood cell count. Due to its enormous role in balancing the body, it is the point that is seen as the most beneficial for the body.

In Qi Gong, massaging this point is seen as an important exercise that should be done every session. Certain herbs are burned on this point to help increase the lifespan and vitality of a person. Zusanli translates to “three miles of the foot,” which means that even when a person has no stamina left; using acupuncture on this point would allow them to walk at least three more miles. In Chinese, the word comes from the phrase “Moxa Zusanli and live to be one hundred.”


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  • Acupuncture for Digestive Health
  • Zusanli, “Three Miles of the Foot”