Acupuncture for the Effective Treatment of Indigestion

According to the Mayo clinic, indigestion is defined as ‘discomfort in your upper abdomen.’ While they list diet changes and medication as a treatment option, Acupuncture and herbal medicine are incredibly effective for the treatment of indigestion. As a professional acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist I see and treat indigestion often. I can say that Acupuncture is an incredibly effective way to treat indigestion as well as other digestive disorders.

What is indigestion and how can Acupuncture effectively treat it?

Indigestion is caused by a blockage of digestive energy. Digestive Energy is meant to move downward. This likely makes sense, as food goes in it moves down our digestive tract. Some of this is kept to make blood, body & bones and the rest is let go through our large intestine. When that downward movement is impaired it creates a blockage in the system. We feel full fast, our appetite starts to wane and we may experience bloating discomfort, and even pain.

Acupuncture can effectively treat indigestion via the following steps:

  1. Properly diagnosing the issue – Chinese Medicine recognizes different patterns than western medicine. Even if you have a diagnosis from your western doctor, you MUST have a proper consultation and diagnosis from your acupuncturist. To learn how to find an acupuncturist in Kelowna, BC, Click here.
  2. Eliminating certain food – There is not always a one-size-fits-all when it comes to digestion. However, there are a few general principles we follow. These are:
    1. Warming up your food
    2. Eating slow
    3. Eliminating distractions while you eat
    4. Avoiding heavy greasy foods (oils, this includes fast food and excessive use of nut butter, etc.)
    5. Avoiding dairy – it’s very mucus forming.
    6. Here is a video on dampness and blockage in the digestive system.
  3. Getting the digestive energy moving with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine – With a proper diagnosis, your acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist should be able to know where to place the needles to get these blockages moving.

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