Digestion can be broken in to upper G.I. and lower G.I. For the upper G.I. to work well, the body requires sufficient stomach acid and enzymatic function, and bile production and secretion. The lower G.I. requires sufficient fiber (soluble and insoluble) as well diverse and abundant flora (i.e. healthy bacteria).
Chinese Medicine ascribes digestive function broadly to the spleen in stomach. In TCM, the spleen actually represents a combination of functions related the lower stomach, pancreas, and upper small intestine.
Digestive function is paramount in TCM, because it is the primary source of nutrients which act as the building blocks for both qi and blood production. An acupuncturist will always start by restoring digestive function before addressing any other system in the body.
Commonly treated conditions include:
- Gas & Bloating
- Stomach Pain
- Acid Reflux
- Morning Sickness
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s Disease