TCM Theory of Digestion

In Chinese medicine, they tend to focus on two key aspects of life: sleep and digestion. They say that if these two things are good, then the person is healthy. So, how can acupuncture help with digestion? Acupuncture works with the body to regulate all bodily systems from respiration to digestion to fertility and more. By regulating these systems, it gives the organs in the body a boost to make them function properly. Some symptoms that can be treated with acupuncture include gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea

The stomach is one of the biggest contributors to digestion. It is said to be the fire for breaking down the bulk of the food, while the spleen separates the rest into usable and non-usable parts. The usable parts go up to moisten the lungs and the non-usable parts go to the small intestine. When the stomach doesn’t have enough fire to break down the food, the spleen has more work to do and starts slowing down. That’s when the bloating and gas can start. It can also lead to fatigue when the body isn’t getting the energy from the food it needs. Acupuncture resets the fire in the stomach and promotes digestion. 

Another organ that can slow down digestion is the liver. When the liver is in good health, there is regular digestion. However, when stress is involved, the liver is the first organ affected. If the liver is stressed, it attacks the organs around it including the stomach and the spleen. This in turn can make the stomach fire burn out of control and can lead to acid reflux or nausea. Acupuncture helps to relieve stress, regulate the inner organs, and brings peace back to life.

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