Acupuncture for Stomach Issues: Constipation and Diarrhea


Does diarrhea or constipation have your system in knots? Gastrointestinal issues are common ailments that affect many people.  Aside from being awkward and uncomfortable, these problems can wreak havoc on your entire system.  The causes of diarrhea and constipation are complicated and unique to an individual, so whenever a client comes to our Wilmington, NC office seeking help with either issue, I work with them to identify and treat potential causes and treat their symptoms with a customized plan.

While most people are familiar with the impact that dietary changes, like spicy or rich foods, can have on the digestive system, many clients do not realize that there are other causes for both ailments. For example, did you know that a new exercise routine can impact your stomach and digestive system? With warmer temperatures, I see more clients reporting sudden gastrointestinal complaints, which are often the result of greater exertion and dehydration. Diarrhea and constipation can also be caused by a variety of other issues, so we provide a personalized treatment plan for all of our clients. Acupuncture and other remedies can be combined with Western medicines without anxiety over side effects and complications.

In traditional Chinese medicine, which aims to balance the flow of qi, or the energy within the body, diarrhea is usually associated with a lack of energy flow in the spleen. Some acupuncturists use acupuncture in combination with moxibustion, a treatment involving the herbal remedy mugwort, to treat diarrhea and improve the flow of qi in the spleen. Likewise, constipation is associated with poor qi flow within the body, particularly heat constipation. A combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies can be used to relieve constipation, depending upon the individual client’s symptoms.

Contact our Wilmington, NC office today to make an appointment for an individualized consultation. Whatever your tummy troubles, we can help create a treatment plan for you.



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