Digestive Disorders & Weight Issues
For gastrointestinal problems like indigestion, acid reflux, gastric pain, bloating, pain with bowel movement, gastritis, ulcers, and nausea, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are very effective treatments. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the two main organs helping with digestion are the spleen and stomach. The spleen is the organ that transports and transforms food into nutrients in the body which are the sources of Qi (energy) and blood. If there is an imbalance in the spleen or stomach, gastrointestinal problems and even other associated problems such as fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia may appear.
According to TCM theory, the four main reasons that gastro-intestinal problems arise are:
-Spleen Qi Deficiency
-Damp Heat Retention
-Disharmony of Liver and Spleen
-Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency
Acupuncture treats these conditions by balancing Yin and Yang and thus harmonizing Qi and Blood and eliminating Damp Heat in the body.
For weight issues, we will create an effective treatment plan for each individual after examining the health condition and determining what is causing the weight gain. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine balance the metabolism to naturally adjust and control the weight.
Modern clinical research has shown that acupuncture can restore stomach acidity to normal levels and reduce serotonin levels which cause symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome / IBS
- Heartburn / GERD
- Gas Bloating Cramping
- Crohns / Ulcerative Colitis
- Esophageal spasms
Respiratory Problems & Allergies
People who experience respiratory problems fall into two categories: those who have common cold or seasonal allergies and those who suffer from chronic respiratory problems. In both cases, respiratory problems can restrict a person’s airflow and breathing quality. People who suffer from respiratory problems should address the root of the problem.
Allergies happen when the body’s immune system reacts to a variety of substances such as pollen, dust, specific food, molds, etc. While allergy medications may offer temporary relief from the symptoms (coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, etc.), they cannot cure the source of the problem and they tend to work less over time with repeated use. Acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal tea is very effective at treating these symptoms from the root of the problem: a weakened immune system. They work together to strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation and swelling which cause the recurrent respiratory symptoms.
Chronic asthma and non-allergic asthma are caused by an imbalance within the body that is manifesting as asthma. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, allergies and degeneration of the pulmonary function are signs of a systemic issue. Treatment for severe asthma attacks includes using adrenalin shots. This is due to adrenal deficiency. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, treating asthma with strong medications like steroids can deplete the adrenal system when used for a long-term period. This then causes a dependence on medications. Chinese Medicine treats asthma by boosting adrenal function, balancing neuro-transmission and sympathetic/parasympathic nervous systems, reducing allergic reactions and improving the health of the respiratory system.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
For severe conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Chinese Medicine helps boosting the functioning of the respiratory system, increasing circulation and the vitality of the body, reducing symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, etc. Traditional Chinese Medicine not only addresses symptoms of allergies and lower respiratory system, but it focuses on the vital function of the whole body. In the end, the body becomes stronger, respiratory function can be improved and acute symptoms are eliminated.
- Allergies / Allergic Rhinitis
- Chronic sinusitis
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Common Cold and Flu
- Hay fever
- Post-nasal Drip
- Recurrent sore throat
- Respiratory tract infection