Gut and Health Acupuncture
By Dr. Meng
Do you suffer from constant belly aches, frequent indigestion, or experience bowel issues like constipation or diarrhea? Have you tried medicines, vitamins, or diet change and have only felt small relief or none at all? Did you know that acupuncture is a great way to regulate your digestive system? What’s even better is your body will be regulated 100% naturally.
What are the causes of your digestion issues? Is it what you’re eating, is it how you’re eating, is it when you’re eating? Or does it have to do with something completely unrelated to any of the above? Your acupuncturist should be able to determine exactly what is going on and how to resolve the issue. Your digestion issues are most likely due to some sort of imbalance within your body.
Digestion issues in Chinese Medicine are usually related to three vital organs. These organs are the stomach, liver, and spleen. Your spleen and stomach are internally/externally related organs. This means they work together to perform certain functions within the body. The spleen and stomach work to absorb and disperse food and nutrients throughout the body. If one of these organs is off balance, this usually means the other is as well. The liver is the main organ in control of the movement of energy (qi) and blood throughout the body. Proper movement of energy (qi) and blood means greater balance within the body. If the qi is moving too slow, this will arise as symptoms of constipation or bloating.
Aside from you telling your acupuncturist what symptoms you’re feeling, how else are they able to figure out what is going on within your body to come up with your individualized diagnosis? ‘Tongue and Pulse’ are two diagnostic tools used in Chinese Medicine. Your tongue is the only organ in your body that can be seen on the outside of the body. Your tongue helps an acupuncturist visualize what the inside of your body looks like and how it is functioning.
The acupuncturist will look at the size of your tongue, shape, the color of the tongue, the tongue coating including its thickness and color, and any extra marks. They may simultaneously feel your pulse on your wrists. Unlike Western Medicine that will take a reading of your pulse in one location on your wrist, the Chinese Medicine pulse reading is done with six locations on your wrists. There are three points on the right wrist and three points on the left wrist. Each individual point relates to a different organ in the body and their related organ.
There are many different pulse readings that can arise from these six points, each helping to determine the correct diagnosis for the patient.
Chinese Medicine uses many different diagnosing techniques to determine the correct diagnosis for a patient. Medical/family history, tongue and pulse, and verbalized symptoms, to name a few. Once your acupuncturist has determined your diagnosis, they will create a point prescription of where to insert the needles to achieve the best results and get your body back to functioning in a proper and balanced manner.
Herbal prescriptions and dietary recommendations are especially important when dealing with digestion issues. Depending on your diagnosis, different food recommendations may be offered to you to balance the organs needing balance. Herbal prescriptions will also achieve that goal as well.
Dr. Meng specializes in a full body balancing technique as well as weight loss and digestion. She has over 20 years of experience working with these issues and has successfully helped many patients with digestive issues. If you suffer from any of the previously mentioned ailments, don’t hesitate. Give Meng’s Acupuncture Medical Center a call today to schedule your FREE consultation! (561) 656-0717