A little more about Digestive Health
The gastrointestinal system is so much more than just a passage for food to be digested, absorbed and eliminated. Oriental Medicine sees our life force, our energy, as being produced primarily from the food we eat and the air we breathe. When your digestive system is not functioning well or if the food you eat doesn’t suit your current condition or is of poor quality then you won’t be absorbing the nutrients you need to have enough energy to make the most of your day.
Generally, stress and worry can affect your digestion. When you activate the Flight and Fright aspect of your nervous system you switch off the Rest and Digest aspect. How can you digest anything with a big knot in your stomach? Similarly, when your digestive system is out of balance this can contribute to cloudy thinking, poor memory and difficulty focusing.
The holistic approach of Oriental Medicine addresses both the physiological aspect (digestive function) and the psychological aspect (stress and emotions) of many conditions. Acupuncture may regulate digestive function through its effect on the nervous system. Herbal medicine may strengthen and regulate digestive function, reduce inflammation and sedate the mind.
Modification of your diet, eating habits and lifestyle are generally also required to support your healing process.