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Moxibustion, Herbal Medicine, and Acupuncture Can Resolve a Lot of Digestive and Gastrointestinal Conditions

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The Spleen, in traditional Chinese medicine, is the most important organ associated with gastro-intestinal conditions. This organ is mainly responsible for “transforming” and “distributing” food essence (food qi) throughout the body, as well as the removal of waste material from the body. The Abdomen and Spleen are yang and Yinpartners, and distinct problems can arise in each organ. In order to function well, the Abdomen needs to be on the dry side. Andwhen it is out of balance, it can overheat easily, developing into a painful condition known as Stomach Fire. The Spleen, on the other hand, needs to be a bit moist for it to function well. But if it suffers Chi deficiency, it can succumb to too much moisture, which can lead to a pathological condition settling in the body known as Damp Heat or Dampness. The Liver and other organs can also play a part in causing gastro-intestinal distress. When gastro-intestinal problems arise, the four most common patterns seen are as follows:

1. Spleen and Liver Disharmony: This is caused by emotional distress.
2. Damp Heat Retention: This can be due to infections, environmental factors, or an improper diet.
3. Spleen Chi Deficiency: Can be due to chronic illness or chronic fatigue.
4. Kidney Yang and Spleen Deficiency: Caused by aging or chronic illness.

Chinese medicine usually treats these imbalances with moxibustion, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. These modalities, when appropriately used, eliminate Damp Heat, nourish the organs, harmonize Blood and Chi, and balance Yin and Yang.

Health issues that respond well to herbal treatments, moxibustion, and acupuncture in Cleveland include:

– Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
– Gastrointestinal tumors such as colon or intestine cancer, tumors of the small intestine, and abdominal cancer
– Circulation issues in the gastrointestinal system such as intestinal cramp, and gastrointestinal tract bleeding
– Peptic ulcers such as gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer
– Inflammatory diseases such as gastroenteritis, chronic enteritis, atrophic gastritis, and chronic gastritis.
– Bacterial infections from escherichia coli, shigella, or salmonella
– Gastrointestinal infections such as rotavirus infections

– Other conditions such as short bowel syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome.

Moxibustion for Gastrointestinal Problems

Several healing techniques can be employed by TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine), including moxibustion, herbal formulas, and acupuncture. Herbs and acupuncture are familiar to a lot people in the US but moxibustion is less well known. This therapeutic technique applies an ignited cone or stick of mugwort or other medicinal herbs on the acupuncture points or over the affected part of the body. Toor warm up cold conditions or tonify deficient conditions,moxibustion is usually used. It can be also an effective remedy for some kinds of inflammation, and can help address a lot of gastro-intestinal conditions.

Scientific Basis

How does Chinese medicine work from the vantage point of Western biomedicine? How can one explain the beneficial effects of Chinese medicine modalities in a modern clinical setting? Several recent Chinese studies, conducted in hospitals teaching institutes, and research centers reveal that herbal medicine, moxibustion, and acupuncture can result in positive bio-chemical changes.

Written by Valerie

January 3rd, 2017 at 12:28 am

Posted in Acupuncture