One study of acupuncture treatment for duodenal ulcers found that three weeks of acupuncture therapy led to complete recovery in 76 percent of the patients.
Based on the philosophies of Chinese medicine, acupuncture treatment for ulcers focuses on re-establishing the body’s Qi, or energy. This can mean addressing certain organs or areas of the body that are most impacted by ulcers—something that would be determined by a skilled acupuncturist after a detailed conversation with the patient about his/her specific situation.
As with all acupuncture, the treatment of ulcers is done on a case by case basis, determined by a patient’s age, symptoms, background, and ulcer location. Your acupuncturist may also advise lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, choosing a healthy diet, and switching pain relievers. Additionally, though stress does not cause an ulcer, it can worsen the symptoms—so patients may find that stress-relieving habits like meditation can greatly improve both their symptoms and the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments.
Western treatment of ulcers generally includes medication based on the cause of the ulcer: antibiotics that combat bacterial infections, medications that block or reduce acid production, antacids, and medications that protect the lining of the stomach and small intestine.
Though these options can produce positive results, they require patience, may only target some symptoms, and can be accompanied by unwanted side effects. If you’re interested in complementary or alternative acupuncture treatment, Acupuncture Associates can provide an assessment of your problems and discuss how acupuncture can help.
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