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.