Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for 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.  Food poisoning 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 discomfort 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 properly. The stomach’s immune system can be very weakened by this ordeal and you’ll have a higher risk of contracting it once again.

Treating Food Poisoning

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 treatments are used to relieve the symptoms of this disease as well as hasten the recovery process. Your digestive system will also be strengthened by the treatment protocol in order to prevent reoccurrence.

ginger remedyOriental 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 Traditional 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 Acupuncture for 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. IBS occurs when there is a problem with functionality in the lower digestive tract.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

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 an appointment. We can assure you that we you’ll feel better with this natural and more effective treatment.

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, inhibit the absorption of nutrients, 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 medicinal assessment finds the source of the imbalance in the stomach Qi. Once that imbalance is corrected the symptoms should cease. The treatment will include dietary changes as well as acupuncture and herbal therapy.

In 2005, a study was released by the American Journal of Physiology on the effectiveness of acupuncture for treatment of acid reflux. The study used electro acupuncture instead of standard acupuncture.  They found that electrical acupuncture was more efficient and effective in relieving symptoms 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 gastrointestinal problems naturally.

Acupuncture for Digestive Health

Acupuncture for Digestive Health

digestive disordersOver forty percent of people in the United States are affected by some form of a digestive health disorder. This can include irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and acid reflux. 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 natural methods are at least as effective in treating digestive problems as standard modern treatments.

There has been evidence that oriental medicine and acupuncture had been used since the first century in China. Acupuncture requires specific acu-points to be targeted while oriental medicine usually involves herbal medications and lifestyle changes. Traditional Oriental medicine believes that digestive disorders are caused by imbalances of the Qi, or life energy, in the spleen and / 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.

fruit for digestive healthOriental 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, exercise, diet changes, and acupuncture.

The Acupuncture Point Zusanli

stomach 36 acupuncture pointThis 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 health 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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