Acupuncture for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder

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Acupuncture for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder

The word functional disorder refers to a disease or disorder when a body part functions in an abnormal manner. The Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders affects many people around the globe of different age groups, and of all genders. Western physicians have accounted that Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders are the most common illness found in most individuals in primary care or gastroenterology.

The most common Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders include the following:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Dyspepsia
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Pelvic Floor pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Biliary disorders
  • Esophageal disorders and GERD

Causes of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders are not found through a blood test or x-ray, but are identified based on the symptoms.   As there is no little understanding to these types of disorders, Western medicine uses drug and nutritional therapy to provide relief for the discomfort.  However, as each set of symptoms is different, it may take several different drug combinations, before a patient finds complete relief.One alternative therapy to help alleviate symptoms is acupuncture. Practitioners and patients around the world have successfully been using acupuncture to treat Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders for years.

Acupuncture is defined as a technique to insert and manipulate the needles in the acupuncture points on the body. This helps in curing the gastrointestinal problems and helps in healing the pain. Patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders find acupuncture effective because it revises the acid secretion, GI motility, and visceral pain. When you apply acupuncture to the lower limbs it causes muscle contractions through the somatoparasympathetic pathway. Additionally, when you apply Acupuncture to the upper abdomen, it causes the muscle relaxation via the somatosympathetic pathway.

Acupuncture is based on the theory that there are patterns of energy flow through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for the Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Acupuncture helps correct this disruption in flow at identifiable points close to the skin. Acupuncture also helps to focus on a holistic, energy based approach to the patient rather than a disease - orientated diagnostic and treatment model. There have been various studies on human beings as well as animals to indicate the fact that Acupuncture causes the multiple biological responses. These multiple responses can occur at various places such as close to the site of application, at a distance, or mediated mainly by sensory neurons to many structures within the central nervous system. This helps to activate the pathways affecting various physiological systems in the brain. Additionally, Acupuncture may also activate the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, which results in a broad spectrum of systemic effects.

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