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Acupuncture, heat, herbal medicinals and relaxation relieve abdominal pains.

HEALING DIGESTIVE DISORDERS

Chronic Digestive Disease and Functional Bowel Disorders

Functional gastrointestinal disorders affect millions of people of all ages - men, women and children.  They are the most commonly presented illnesses seen by physicians, acupuncturists and naturopaths in primary care or gastroenterology. Gastrointestinal dysfunctions are the most overlooked and mismanaged disorders in healthcare today.  Traditional health-care providers are lacking in the ability to diagnose and identify functional G.I. patterns and are not trained in providing adequate lifestyle and dietary support that link the web-like patterns of systemic disorders to the gastrointestinal tract.

The identification and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders is doomed to fail if treatment involves traditional drugs such as anti-inflammatory agents, antacids or enteric nervous system inhibiting agents.  These approaches do not address the underlying cause or triggers for the dysfunctions.  Instead these drugs are trying to give an immediate and temporary relief to cover the symptoms.  It is absurd for patients to take anti-inflammatory agents for chronic inflammatory bowel conditions without looking for the trigger. "The approach is akin to removing the battery from the fire alarm in your bedroom as your house appears on fire."

Part of the problem with this complete failure is approaching gastrointestinal dysfunctions based on the emphasis of suppressing versus improving gastrointestinal function.  This approach only leads to chronic dependence on medications that prevent the gastrointestinal tract from attaining optimal function and healing.

The gastrointestinal tract is connected to every major system in the human body.  Over 60% of the human immune system is found in the gastrointestinal tract.  The gastrointestinal tract communicates with every major receptor with its own intercellular mediators.  It is responsible for the production of 99% of the body's neurotransmitters.  In addition, the G.I. track serves very important metabolic functions such as impacting nutrient absorption, eliminating toxins, metabolizing hormones and producing energy. An unhealthy gastrointestinal tract contributes to abdominal pain, inflammation, oxidative stress, functional hypothyroidism, autoimmune disorders, adrenal stress syndrome, estrogen dominance and metabolism, anemia, mood swings, inability to lose weight, food allergies, cardiovascular risk, neurodegenerative disorders, chronic fatigue and hepatic detoxification.

The following are the most common chronic digestive disorders; celiac disease, crohn's disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, diverticulitis, dyspepsia, IBS, lactose intolerance, leaky gut syndrome,  ulcerative colitis and ulcers are all chronic digestive diseases usually involving the stomach and/or the intestines characterized by a combination of abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, increased secretion of related mucus, dyspeptic symptoms such as; flatulence, nausea, anorexia and varying degrees of anxiety or depression. Each condition has specific causes and symptoms as well.


The onset for chronic digestive diseases generally peak during young adulthood, although gastrointestinal ulcers affect people of all ages.  Restoration of the balance of friendly bacteria to the gastrointestinal tract is essential to recovery.  The complete avoidance of disaccharide-containing foods such as grains, most beans, sugar, maple syrup, noncultured fluid dairy products such as milk and ice cream, potatoes and corn is a must in order to heal the digestive tract and improve the microbial balance. Good appetite, digestion, assimilation, elimination and a healthy gastrointestinal tract are synonymous with feeling normal,healthy and even feeling great.  Every person with a chronic condition involving the intestines needs an evaluation to pinpoint these neglected areas of health so they can take corrective action.


Restoring intestinal health

Restoring intestinal health is one of the most neglected areas of modern medicine.  Toxemia and food stagnation are the result of improperly digested foods and bad microbes in the large intestine as a major contributing factor in all chronic disease.  Toxins produced by unfriendly flora such as Candida, E. Coli, gram-negative bacteria and parasites in the colon are absorbed into the blood supply.  The liver has the task of breaking these poisons down into metabolites that are removed from the body through the bile, lymph system, kidneys and skin. Toxins in the large intestine contribute to liver toxicity, chronic fatigue, free radicals, poor blood circulation, sticky blood cells, poor capillary circulation and impaired  immune response to viruses, fungus, microplasmas, bacteria and cancer.  Poor appetite, toxic colon, impaired digestion and lacking the ability to assimilate nutrients are all common threads that link many of the chronic illnesses of our times.

Equally important as the bad effects of unfriendly flora are the loss of benefits from the friendly flora - bifido bacteria in the colon and acidophilus for the small intestines.  These friendly flora produce a wide range of substances that are beneficial to the health of the intestines and to the immune system.  These substances include not only a wide range of B vitamins, but short chain fatty acids like lactic, acetic, proprionic and even formic acid that kill off many pathogenic bacteria, fungus and viruses.  Butyrates produced by the bifidobacterium in the colon are used as fuel by the colonic cells to rebuild the mucous membranes of the intestines and provide a protective layer of mucin.  Without butyrates a wide range of very serious health-related problems develop; leaky gut, colitis, diverticulitis, ulcers, food allergies, acid reflux syndrome and colon cancer.

The KEY to healing Digestive Disorders and Functional Bowel Disease

Following a complete history and physical, proper diagnosis and any necessary testing to evaluate signs and symptoms, the most effective treatment is the complementary therapeutic modalities combining acupuncture, herbal therapy and a prescribed diet to successfully treat digestive disorders and functional bowel diseases.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used to expedite the healing process, strengthen the body, improve digestion, assist in assimilation, enhance the immune system, calm the nervous system, move Qi and stagnation, clear out damp heat, yeast, parasites, bacteria, alleviate pain and inflammation. Acupuncture and herbal medicine have the capacity to address and treat the underlying root cause of various medical conditions, whether acute or chronic. "Acupuncture and herbal medicine is a safe, effective and drug - free way to become well and stay healthy, naturally!"

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