Acupuncture is a method of treatment derived from ancient Chinese Medicine. This system of medicine describes in details metabolic changes in the body including the production of energy. According to Chinese Medicine the energy is produced from two sources : air inhaled during breathing and energy from food provided by proper digestion. For this reason ancient doctors and scholars were very much focused on researching those two processes, and managed to describe them in details. Many diseases of digestive system and metabolic disturbances are treated successfully with acupuncture.

Following article presents data from clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of digestive system problems starting from dryness of the mouth, through functional disturbances like reflux, nausea and vomiting, then discusses Irritable Bowel Syndrome, inflammatory processes in intestines, obesity, finally describing the role of acupuncture in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, gout, and cholelithiasis.  

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Various conditions, which are characterized by inflammatory processes of the digestive system, especially of small intestine and large intestine, are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease.

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Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes is defined as a disease characterized by an increased level of glucose in blood. It stems from the fact that body is not able to transport glucose to the inside of cells. Thus, the level of glucose in blood is too high, while cells are starving to death.

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Stomach ulcers

Stomach ulcers

Patients suffering from stomach and duodenum ulcers often times look for help outside of mainstreem medicine. Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture as an auxiliary method in treatment of this illness is doubtless

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Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting

However, nausea and vomiting sometimes may be very strong, which not only may disturb everyday life but also may be harmful for developing fetus, because of electrolyte disorders, dehydration, and diaphragm spasm.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic disease of unknown causes, which manifests itself in abdominal pain and alteration of bowel habits. The above symptoms do not result from any organic or biochemical changes. It is estimated that these dysfunctions of the gastrointestinal tract concern about every tenth person.

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Obesity

Obesity

Therapies offered by modern medicine may be troublesome for patients and do not always guarantee success in the form of permanent weight reduction. For this reason, patients often try complementary therapies, and their interest in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture has been growing rapidly

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Biliary colic

Biliary colic

Biliary colic was placed among the group of diseases in which acupuncture efficacy was proven in a WHO report from 2003

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Xerostomia

Xerostomia

Dryness inside mouth results from different diseases and situations. Its specific kind is related to the damage of salivary glands as an adverse event connected to the radiotherapy in the area of neck and head.

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Gout

Gout

Ten randomised clinical trials were included with 852 patients. The Authors concluded that acupuncture is an effective method of treatment of gouty arthritis.

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Gastroesophageal reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux

An interesting study in an animal model confirmed the effect of decrease in the incidence of relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter by electro-acupuncture.

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