Recent studies showed that acupuncture is effective for a range of GI (gastrointestinal) disorders, including IBS, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, peptic ulcer disease and Crohn’s disease.
In addition to the use of acupuncture the use of Chinese herbs is another tool that providers can use to help patients with GI issues.
Western medicine deals with causative agents of a disease and specific treatments. Whereas in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) adopts a holistic approach, with the goal of maintaining health by restoring the balance of the body functions.
For thousands of years, Chinese medicine and conventional Western medicine appeared to be unrelated. Today, we may be seeing light at the end of tunnel using advanced technology to understand ancient healing methods. As more modern biomedical research is done seriously and enthusiastically to explore the potentials of acupuncture, horizons will be broadened for it clinical applications in digestive diseases.
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