How does Acupuncture Help with Your Digestion?
Acupuncture is helpful for digestive conditions like IBS, Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, constipation, and more! It can also reduce generalized bloating, abdominal pain, and irregular bowel movements that aren't associated with any particular condition. If you have any kind of digestive discomfort, acupuncture can likely help!
There is some fantastic research (multiple studies) that shows acupuncture impacts the digestive tract by:
〰️ Regulating gastric motility, how food moves through the digestive tract. Acupuncture has an especially strong impact on the motility of the stomach and colon.
〰️ Reducing inflammation of the digestive tract's mucosal lining (essentially the protective barrier).
〰️ Regulates GI sensitivity, i.e., abdominal pain, bloating, and irregular bowel movements.
〰️ Impacts the brain-gut axis, which is essentially how the brain communicates with the digestive tract and vice versa.
My favorite research article on this topic is from the World Journal of Gastroenterology in 2015. It's a systemic review, meaning the authors compiled all the known research (of high quality) on how acupuncture works for digestion.
You can read the article here to learn more about the physiological changes that acupuncture brings about to heal digestion.
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