At one point I’m sure we all had to deal with stomach pain, and certainly after Thanksgiving! Whether from eating too much, or eating the wrong things, or perhaps for another reason, stomach pain is a common & frustrating problem. Some have to live with it on a regular basis. Fortunately, acupuncture can be a great help for this.
Stomach pain is a very broad term. It could mean you are having a problem specifically with the stomach. Or you could be having an intestinal problem, or maybe a liver problem. Or for some people, “stomach pain” could be from a gynecological problem, but they call it “stomach pain” because it’s felt in the abdomen. Acupuncture can help with pain found anywhere in the body because it stimulates the body’s own painkillers. For the purpose of this post though I’m going to talk specifically about problems with the stomach.
(In case you needed some research, we have it: acupuncture can treat stomach pain.)
Most problems with the stomach fall into pain from indigestion, inflammation of the stomach itself, or ulcers. Acupuncture can help with these too. Many of the reasons why acupuncture works work on the stomach & GI tract. Beyond stopping stomach pain, it can help with digestion overall. Acupuncture works on the part of the body that is opposite the fight or flight response, improving digestion and helping the body get rid of inflammation. Your acupuncturist can tailor these effects specifically for stomach health.
Some pain presentations are very complicated. For example, what if your indigestion is complicated by food sensitivities or autoimmune problems? While acupuncture can be helpful in these cases too, typically herbal medicine is your best choice, often aided by probiotics or supplementation. This way you can get treatment every day with herbs and work directly to improve gut health.
If you’ve been dealing with chronic stomach pain, don’t suffer another day. Schedule your appointment today and let us help you!