Acupuncture and Indigestion


Suffering from indigestion? You’re not alone.  Indigestion is an increasingly common problem for many people in today’s busy workplace culture. Many clients come to our Wilmington, NC office experiencing tummy troubles and seeking relief from the discomforts of indigestion.

According to, “Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is discomfort or a burning feeling in the upper abdomen, often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting. Some people also use the term indigestion to describe the symptom of heartburn.

The good news is that acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can help many people with indigestion. While some cases of indigestion may be caused by serious illness, the majority of people who suffer from indigestion find that their diet and lifestyle habits are the root cause of their discomfort. Pregnant women can also experience indigestion and acid reflux, especially later in their pregnancies.

Common causes of indigestion include:

  • Eating too quickly
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Pregnancy complications

Fortunately, acupuncture can be very helpful for those with indigestion. Medical News Today highlighted a small study “in Acupuncture Medicine (which) reports that acupuncture may be beneficial in easing symptoms of indigestion which are very frequent in pregnant women. The hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy cause heartburn, stomach pain and discomfort, reflux, belching and bloating. Between 45 to 80 percent of women are reported to experience those symptoms.

If you find yourself with indigestion, an experienced acupuncturist can help alleviate your symptoms. With all of our clients, we design an individualized plan during the initial consultation. Acupuncture, herbal remedies, and lifestyle changes may be recommended to sooth your aching stomach.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture, contact our Wilmington, NC office today.



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