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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Acupuncture and Digestive Disorders
Rachel S. Strass, Mac, Lac, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM)

"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition." Thomas Edison

Chinese medicine sees food as medicine for the mind and body. What we eat not only affects the waistline; it affects everything else, including mood, sleep, energy levels, mental acuity, digestion, and elimination. What we eat and drink is transformed into us; therefore, it affects our energy flow and the body’s systems. Moreover, different people have different nutritional needs. What’s good for you may be disastrous for your neighbor. It is smart to work with a professional who can help you realize which foods are your friends and which are not.

Working as a team, you and your practitioner can make great strides in the right direction. When the flow of energy and the balance among the systems are regulated with acupuncture, digestion improves. In addition, when the correct foods are eaten, it makes the treatments even more effective. Through treatment and education on what to eat, many disorders can be corrected without drugs, surgery, or side effects.

Now that we’re in the holiday season, there are many opportunities to eat lots of food. It is easy to overindulge on that pumpkin pie or the Christmas fudge and many people gain weight in November and December. While it’s frustrating to feel our clothes less roomy, it’s doing much more damage to the unseen parts of us and to the flow of energy in our body and mind.

It is remarkable how many Americans suffer from indigestion, constipation, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, diabetes, and other digestive issues. In fact, up to 86% of Americans have hemorrhoids, which is mostly due to a lack of fiber in the diet (http://www.hemorrhoidspage.com). So, what can you do to improve your digestive health? Besides eating lots of fiber, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding sugars and saturated fats, this is a great time to see an acupuncturist. 

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