Millions 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
Over 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.