Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
Dr. Tatyana Yakovleva
It is possible that acupuncture can help.
First, it important for your spouse to discuss with their primary care doctor the symptoms and for their provider to rule out possible serious issues such as an ulcer or any other number of issues.
Sometimes what we assume is a GI issue may not be GI but can be due to other conditions, for instance pulmonary or heart. Hence, allowing a primary care doctor to assess and weigh in is important.
Your spouse’s primary care doctor may have an established working relations with an acupuncturist, hence a recommendation on who to work with. Medical care is optimal when all your providers communicate with each other and do not operate in a silo.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are both shown to be beneficial for indigestion. That said, there are many different causes of indigestion and getting a proper diagnosis is the first step in a treatment plan. Indigestion can be treated without Chinese medicine, but depending on the diagnosis, it may be a worthwhile addition.
I'm happy to discuss this further or schedule a first treatment if you are ready to move forward.
Romi Epstein, EAMP
Jeff Rippey, L.Ac.
Thank you for reaching out. Yes acupuncture helps tremendously with indigestion issues. During acupuncture therapy, stimulation of particular acupuncture points inhibits the esophageal sphincter relaxation, which reduces acid-reflux and occurrence of heartburn, while promoting healthy digestion.
I hope that answered your question, if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Call us anytime to schedule an appointment for your husband if he's interested in treatment.
Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
Thank you for your email.
Acupuncture can help with indigestion by resetting the flow in the esophagus. It is not necessarily the food that is the trigger, but it is the "flow" and peristalsis of the esophagus. The coordinating of the doors or flaps between the stomach and small intestine, liver and gallbladder can be "reset' with the acupuncture needles in the specific acu-points.
Additionally, there are several exceptional Chinese herbal formulas that can be taken for a short period of time to help assist the digestive process.
I hope this helps.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac
If it is the case, then your husband could start acupuncture. Following the initial evaluation, the practitioner will be able to define the cause of the condition and create a treatment protocol. The practitioner will also review your husband's diet to identify the triggers. Herbal medicine might be suggested with this condition to increase the chance of success.
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM
Acupuncture helps to regulate the digestive functions, as well as strengthening the digestive organs (stomach, large and small intestine, gall bladder, etc.) to absorb more nutrients and get rid of the waste and toxins.
Scott Sang In LeeChun Am Acupuncture천암 한의원
In Chinese medicine, the digestion system can be disrupted by emotional causes or physical causes and the acupuncture treatments help to regulate each. In some cases the indigestion is caused from a historical problem, i.e. someone had poor eating habits or ate too many types of food that are hot or foods that are cold or too sweet or too bitter, etc. Eating at improper times, eating when emotional, eating while trying to do mental work (study, learning, etc), sporadic eating, depriving self for times, etc. can all create a problem in the digestive system.
What I would need to know as a practitioner is what types of indigestion are happening, where in the body it is felt, what types of food is typical in your husbands diet (not just now but historically) and if there are any elimination problems.
I would also ask about stress levels, life stressors, emotional issues he may be experiencing, his feelings towards work or the community you live in etc. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine look at all aspects of the self to help distinguish what is actually leading to the complaint. From there we're able to have a better idea of how to treat.
Hope I answered your questions.