How are you feeling?
- Do you get tired easily?
- Does it feel like someone has turned up gravity?
- Are you often covered in bruises and don’t know how?
- How often do you get headaches?
- Do you worry too much?
Any of these problems could be due to your digestive system being out of balance.
A growing body of research is now confirming that acupuncture and herbs can assist in treating and managing a wide range of digestive complaints such as:
- Constipation, diarrhoea or IBS
- Bloating or abdominal pain
- Reflux or heartburn
- Nausea or vomiting (including morning sickness, postoperative, or related to chemotherapy),
- Weight loss
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 will 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.
Oriental Medicine treatments address both the physiological aspect (digestive function) and the psychological aspect (stress and emotions) of all conditions. Acupuncture regulates digestive function through its effect on the nervous system. Herbal medicine is used to 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.
A little more about Weight Loss
With a proper weight management strategy, one that feels manageable and achievable, weight loss is a natural result rather than a forced outcome.
With only 3-6 months of regular treatments you can transform your life! This may seem like a long time but how long did it take you to get to where you are today? Reversing the process works better when done gently and slowly. Losing weight over a sustained period of time is safer than crash diets, lasts longer and a holistic approach to weight loss will greatly increase your chances of success.
Weight management is a complex issue and there is no quick fix that is healthy long term. Weight loss is about lifestyle not diet. It is about being committed to creating a new, healthy, sustainable lifestyle to include self-care (healthy eating, regular exercise, stress reduction and sufficient sleep).
Oriental Medicine makes it easier to lose weight and keep it off.
- It releases endorphins that calm and relax your nervous system so your digestive system can switch back on. It also re-balances your metabolism.
- It makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration and anxieties so avoiding the need to comfort eat.
Studies indicate that acupuncture is showing promise in the fight against obesity by “reducing the appetite, enhancing gastrointestinal function, increasing the metabolic rate and improving emotional well-being”.