Acupuncture in Nanaimo, BC

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Acupuncture for Digestion Issues

Our modern eating habits of processed foods, ready to eat meals, quick fast food meals has lead not only to increased risk of heart diseases, obesity and diabetes, it has also disrupted our digestive systems ability to function properly. This disruption causes problems like constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion, gas, heart burn/acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, weight loss/gain, etc. Many of us suffer from one or more of these ailments.

Unfortunately most people believe there is nothing they can do about it unless they take some sort of pill, or completely change their diet and lifestyle. While this is true, if you are eating poorly on a regular basis, making some dietary changes may be necessary and helpful to treat your digestive issues. Instead of taking medication, acupuncture can be used effectively to relieve your side effects of an upset digestive system in a natural way to strengthen your body to aid digestion. 

Common Causes of Digestive Problems

When dealing with digestive issues, it is best to diagnosis the root cause triggering these ailments. To determine what the root cause is, we need to look at the symptoms present and what lifestyle choices can be a contributing factor to the root cause of the digestive imbalance. These are the most common causes for digestive problems: Poor Diet, Stress, Dehydration, Nutritional Deficiency or Excess, Bacterial Infection, Chronic Medical Conditions, and Inflammation of the Digestive Tract.

How Acupuncture Treats Digestive Problems?

Many digestive disorders arise from inflammation of the digestive tract that leads to decreased digestion and absorption of nutrients. Acupuncture helps in healing the inflamed digestive linings by restoring the balance of flow in energy throughout the body.

Once your root cause is determined, Acupuncture needles are used at specific acupuncture points to treat the underlying imbalances of Qi/Blood, Yin/Yang energies of the body various organ systems and move Qi/Blood in any blocked meridians in the body. 

There are many points on the body in various locations that will be used to treat the root cause which will reduce/treat the symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion, gas, heart burn/acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, weight loss/gain, etc.

Getting regular treatments is key, especially in the first 2-4+ weeks. Once your body is balanced and your Qi is running smoothly, getting tune-up treatments will help maintain health. By learning and acknowledging your underlying root cause whether it's diet, stress, lack of sleep, etc you will want to keep in mind, if you go back to your old habits these imbalances can occur again. Continuing with regular tune-up treatments and making small lifestyle changes can prevent recurrence.

Harbour City Healers
Registered Acupuncture
Sheena Villeneuve R.Ac. : 250-667-8242