Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Digestive Problems

September 29th, 2021

What do Oriental Medicine and Digestion Have In Common?

by Vivian Takafuji, PhD, LAc, Dipl OM

Many of us will struggle with some form of digestive complications at some point in our lives. Oftentimes, this can be attributed to poor dietary choices and lifestyle habits. But if these issues become chronic and/or severe, one will seek help in the form of medication or other means.

Based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, the organs related to digestion are the spleen, stomach and liver. Frequently, an imbalance between the energetic relationships of these three organs is observed. A TCM diagnosis will involve questioning of patient history and symptoms (e.g. abdominal pain, reflux, bloating, nausea, constipation or diarrhea) as well as dietary habits. The patient’s pulses and tongue are also observed for further differentiation.

An acupuncture session will involve a careful of selection of acupoints chosen to restore homeostasis between the organs involved. Typically, a treatment plan will involve methods to reduce “food accumulation”, “clear heat/fire”, “drain dampness” and boost the physiological fire of the digestive organs. Oftentimes, benefits are seen in as little as 1-2 treatments but more complicated cases may require more followup.

Chinese herbal treatments incorporate classical herbal formulations that harmonize the function of the aforementioned digestive organs. Different formulas are prescribed for acute versus more chronic conditions and can be quite helpful to provide symptomatic relief as well as treat the “root” of the disorder. If you suffer from digestive issues, please inquire into how Chinese medicine may help you today!

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Meet Vivian: Acupuncturist

Vivian is an experienced Acupuncturist that is moving down to Virginia Beach from Northern Virginia. She brings great healing wisdom and expertise to our Thrive Team! She listens with a patient ear and treats with a compassionate heart. Her philosophy is that we all possess an innate healing wisdom and the patient and therapist can work as a team to bring the body-mind into balance.