Treat Digestive Issues
Acupuncture helps direct the flow of digestive energy in the right direction, which is from the mouth downward through the complete digestive system to the anus. If any problem occurs during this directional movement due to nausea, constipation, gastric reflux or gastroparesis, it can be treated with acupuncture.
Acupuncture can re-direct the flow of digestive energy in its natural downward direction. It also helps with the absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste. The digestive energy helps to assimilate nutrients and supports the function of sorting the nutrients from waste. Board certified acupuncturist Steve Drugan provides treatments to patients in Columbus, OH and surrounding locations.
Acupuncture for IBS
Extensive research studies have been conducted to show that acupuncture has the ability to provide relief from the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). One US study involving 230 IBS patients revealed 41 percent improvement on IBS Global Improvement Scale after a series of six acupuncture treatments. After the treatments, patients reported average daily reduction in abdominal discomfort. Bloating, intestinal gas, and stool consistency also showed a similar level of improvement.
An Italian research study involving 15 female patients with a median age of 60 years were given one acupuncture treatment per week over a 10-week period. Prior to the treatment and at periodic intervals after acupuncture sessions, anal continence was evaluated. Patients experienced significant improvement in anal continence by the end of 10 weeks. Patients with loose stools or irregular bowel habits also reported significant improvement.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and IBS are some of the common gastrointestinal diseases that can be treated with acupuncture. Four clinical trials conducted to test the efficacy of acupuncture in treating these conditions found that the quality of life (QoL) of the patients improved significantly after acupuncture. The healing capacity of acupuncture is enhanced at both physiological and psychological level for the patients. Acupuncturist Steve Drugan receives patients from Columbus, OH and nearby areas.
In a randomized, controlled clinical trial involving 29 patients with mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis, traditional acupuncture and moxibustion treatments were performed. Patients were treated for five weeks at the rate of two sessions per week, and followed up for 16 weeks. Colitis Activity Index reduced in all patients, and significant improvements in general well-being were noted.
Poor relaxation of the muscular lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) can result in heartburn and gastric reflux. Research studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce the rate of LES by as much as 40 percent. Electrical non-needle stimulation treatments can also be used to achieve improvements in gastric reflux and heartburn.
Obstruction of the small bowel (intestine) is a common condition. It may require hospitalization for several days, and surgical interventions may be necessary to treat the condition. Acupuncture can prove to be an effective alternative. The procedure involves stimulation of the small intestine directly by needling. It can lead to improved bowel motility and be an effective removal of an obstruction.
For more information about how acupuncture and other treatments can help you, please contact Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist, Steve Drugan,B.S., L.Ac., at 614.218.6287 or click here. Taking new patients in and around Columbus, Ohio.