digestion and acupuncture

Digestion and acupuncture work together magically, and you should be happy it does!

If you suffer from IBS, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, constipation, bloating, distention, gas, or more, we can help. Imagine a life with less pain, less discomfort and more time doing the things you love, and without all the medication and said side-effects.

Digestion Is Health

Statistics show that digestive complaints are the number one reason people go to the doctor's office. Additionally, digestion is one of the most important aspects of health, with new research demonstrating that gut health is one of the biggest indicators for chronic disease, emotional well-being and basically every aspect of health including arthritis, allergies, thyroid dysfunction, autoimmune disease and mental health.

If our digestion is not functioning properly, it can be frustrating, with no end in sight. Many of us remain tied to our Pepto Bismols and Tum's, when in reality they are only doing more harm than good. In fact, our gut flora can be disrupted quite easily from factors such as stress, lack of sleep, overuse of antibiotics, overuse of antacids, poor diet choices and more. In today's time, it remains very difficult, almost impossible, to obtain proper gut health. And as time goes on, we are finding more and more research on the importance of gut health and digestion.

The Gut Biome And Our Health

There is more bacteria in your gut than cells that constitute your whole body. In fact, we carry up to 7 pounds of microbes in our gut, with tens of trillions of micro-organisms and 1,000 species of bacteria consisting of over 3 million genes! And all this influences your health.

From birth until death, our gut microbiome is constantly evolving, and two thirds of our biome is unique to each individual depending on the food we eat, the stressors in our life, where we live, our genetics, and more. And the more diverse our biome, the healthier we are. A recent study found that infants with less diverse gut bacteria at the age of 3 months were more likely to be sensitized to specific foods--including eggs, milk and peanuts---indicating that a lack of gut bacteria diversity in early life may be a driver for food allergies.

Cancer And Your Gut

Research has even gone so far as to investigate a possible linke between gut bacteria and cancer. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Cancer Research found specific bacteria in the intestines, Lactobacillus johnsonii- that may play a role in the development of lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells.

Another study in 2013 found that a common gut bacteria called Heliobacter pylori, may cause stomach cancer and duodenal ulcers by deactivating a part of the immune system involved in regulating inflammation.

Gut Health and Mental Health

Did you know that your gut bacteria can also affect your mental health? According to the American Psychological Association, gut bacteria produce an array of neurochemicals that the brain uses for the regulation of physiological and mental processes, including memory, learning and mood. In fact, 95% of the body's supply of serotonin is produced by gut bacteria.

Gut bacteria have been associated with anxiety disorders and depression and a 2014 study found that prebiotics (special carbohydrates that boost healthy bacteria in the gut) may be effective for reducing stress and anxiety. Good examples of prebiotics include raw chicory root, raw Jerusalem Artichoke, dandelion greens, garlic, leeks and more. 

Vitamin Absorption

Additionally, if we don't have good gut health, we may be preventing the absorption of necessary vitamins, minerals an other nutrients. If we are not getting the necessary nutrients our bodies need to thrive, we will unfortunately suffer major consequences to our health. Many chronic diseases are related to nutrient deficiency and gut health, so it's incredibly important to act now and make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs.

Acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, Oh MY!

The microbiome is greatly influenced by the food we eat, the environment we live in and the medications we take. Antibiotics, for example, wipe out all the gut bacteria you have and may take over a year to rebuild your gut's diverse biome. Just one round of antibiotics can permanently change your gut flora, leading to complications in the future. What's worse is that some strains never make a comeback, making your biome less diverse and less healthy.

With the use of acupuncture, herbs and whole food supplementation, Michelle gets at the root of your gut problems rather than just treating the symptoms. Whether you have constipation, IBS, acid reflux or gas and bloating, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help.

We work with herbal protocols and nutrition to restore and feed your gut flora, reduce inflammation and bring you back to a feeling of relief. Acupuncture and herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years with proven track records for digestive health. In fact, the Chinese knew thousands of years ago that all illness originates from the gut, always treating from the middle.

If you would like a free consultation, book here to learn more about how herbs and acupuncture can help.


Polk Acupuncture

3166 N Lincoln Ave