Feel Better Fast: Acupuncture for Digestive Disorders
It seems that more and more people today report having some kind of digestive or food sensitivity issue. Diagnosed cases of digestive disorders like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis are on the rise. Additionally the number of people—especially children—with severe food allergies has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. While it is unclear what is causing this trend, it is likely due at least in part to a food supply that has fewer nutrients and more toxic additives than ever before, coupled with people leading more and more busy and stressful lives.
Food is one of our sources of energy and nourishment, but it also requires energy to digest it and extract this energy. Under normal conditions, our bodies use somewhere between 30-50% of our energy just to digest and extract nutrients and energy from the food we eat. When we are eating poorly, and our digestion is less than optimal, the body is expending more energy to digest the food than what it’s receiving in return. It’s a net loss. We aren’t getting enough energy from the food we eat, but it still must be processed. In the short term this leads to increased inflammation, and symptoms like low energy, bloating, feelings of heaviness, and poor concentration, just to name a few. Long term this can lead to a more severe breakdown in virtually any system of the body.
Modern medicine’s treatments can be ideal for a one-off case of heartburn, upset stomach, diarrhea, or constipation. Persistent or chronic symptoms are a sign that there is a greater imbalance that needs to be addressed and you might want to ask yourself how you can treat digestive disorders naturally and more holistically. Allopathic treatments typically consist of some type of medication that masks the symptoms temporarily, but doesn’t address the underlying imbalance. And there is seldom any talk of food sensitivity or dietary changes. As such these treatments often don’t work long term, or have unpleasant side-effects.