Acupuncture for Stomach Problems: Studies, Treatment and Health Benefits


Stomach problems or abdominal disorders can cripple a person’s day-to-day living. If you are suffering from stomach upset, you’re not alone. Indigestion, or dyspepsia, affects nearly 20% of Americans. 20% of the adult population also suffer from symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There are a lot of common causes of digestive problems – including infections, spoiled food, or unclean water. However, you can turn to acupuncture for stomach problems to help you deal with the effects of all these issues.


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How Acupuncture for Stomach Problems Can Help

Practitioners have used acupuncture extensively to treat gastrointestinal issues. It will help you manage the condition of your stomach and all related organ systems. An acupuncture treatment will address the root cause of concern, and also support an overall healthy balance in the body.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the stomach is one of the longest meridians in the body. It has 45 acupuncture points in it, which an acupuncturist will work on to treat symptoms. When the stomach gets stressed out or weakened, there may be an imbalance in the Qi (energy flow). In turn, this leads to disorders such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion, belching, bloating, heartburn, and acid reflux.


Other acupuncture points are along the spleen, kidney and liver. The spleen is “the sister organ” of the stomach. Meanwhile, the liver is related to the flow of emotions of a person, so when there’s stress or tension, it makes the stomach become out of balance. The kidney, on the other hand, functions in warming the organs in order for them to work optimally. If the kidney weakens, it will cause the stomach to weaken as well.


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What To Expect in an Acupuncture Session

The inflammation of the stomach lining also causes stomach pain or gastritis. It may be related to a lot of different conditions that can be traced back to disorders in the stomach. The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to this problem is to take a closer look at the specific symptoms of the patient, and determine the root cause of it. The practitioner will then implement the best approach to treatment after the assessment. Acupuncture for stomach problems and a prescription of herbs can resolve gastritis, strengthen the digestive system, and prevent stomach disorders from reoccurring.


The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a meta-analysis study which support the usage of acupuncture for people who suffer from dyspepsia. This health issue, which is described as a chronic disorder of sensation and movement in the upper digestive tract, may leave individuals to suffer from nausea, intense hunger, bloating, or general discomfort. Thus, practitioners insert needles into certain acupuncture points in order to bring back balance to your digestive system.


A licensed acupuncturist will ask you about your history of medical issues, eating habits, medications taken, and other things related to your health concerns. There might also be a pulse reading and tongue evaluation which will provide information regarding the condition of your stomach. Also, your acupuncturist will make a treatment plan to address the disorder. At the end of the session, your acupuncturist may prescribe herbal formulas to complement your treatment.


You’ll feel a slight tingling or numbness in the base where the needles are inserted in the acupuncture points of your body. The needles are as thin as hair strands, so you’ll barely feel anything while lying down. Most patients feel relaxed after acupuncture because the stimulation from the needles induces the secretion of endorphins.



Book a Session with a Licensed Acupuncturist for your Digestive Health

Santa Barbara Herb Clinic offers a wide variety of natural healing specialties, including acupuncture for stomach problems. Our licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner will provide a thorough assessment of your symptoms and implement a customized treatment plan that you can get in our clinic if you’re in the Santa Barbara or Goleta area. We can also ship you a prescription of herbs straight to your doorstep. Our acupuncturist, Tram Pham, also does phone and video consultations if you can’t come by our clinic.






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