Men’s Health magazine published an article that lists some of the common illnesses that acupuncture treats, among them GI disorders. Here’s a brief snippet from the article. If you’d like to read the full article, a link is supplied below.
“Acupuncture’s ability to combat basic stress may be a key part of its effectiveness with gastrointestinal disorders, says Tony Chon, M.D., chairman of the acupuncture practice at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “We know there’s a strong link between stress and some GI symptoms, including indigestion,” Dr. Chon says, “and acupuncture has been used for centuries for relief and treatment.”
For upper-GI problems, acupuncture can beat antacids by a mile. In a 2007 University of Arizona study, people with chronic heartburn who didn’t respond to prescription antacids underwent twice-weekly acupuncture. Their symptoms improved far more than those of people who took a double dose of the drug. Their chest pain decreased 82 percent, heartburn dropped 83 percent, and acid reflux fell 77 percent. Researchers speculate that the needle treatments prompt a decrease in stomach acid and speed up digestion, so less acid backs up into the esophagus. “It also seems to reduce pain perception in the esophagus,” says study coauthor Ronnie Fass, M.D.”
Read more: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/acupuncture_benefits/acupuncture_for_gastrointestinal_problems.php
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