Acupressure for constipation

Constipation is an all too common issue causing discomfort, pain, frustration, and stress. (1) Digestion is central to health and wellbeing.

In acupuncture healthy digestion is central to overall health.  We obtain nutrients and energy, the Qi of the food, for all of our body’s activities through digestion. In acupuncture terms, the stomach’s digestive Qi extracts energy from food in order to make Qi for the heart, brain, muscles, and other organs to function properly.

In my acupuncture clinic, I have helped many people with chronic constipation and IBS.  I find that a combination of multiple therapies is the … Read More

Preventing Montezuma’s Revenge with Chinese Herbs

Anything with the word “revenge” can’t be good.   Commonly called Montezuma’s revenge, traveler’s diarrhea is a common illness for adventurers.

Traveler’s diarrhea was a concern of mine when we were trekking in Peru.  I’ve always known that I had a sensitive stomach when traveling, and I remember getting sick when in other countries.  I wanted to try to avoid it on this trip.

I was still in graduate school during my Peru trip, and I did not have that much experience with treating traveler’s diarrhea.  I asked my favorite teacher, Dr. Kejian Xiao, who is a master herbalist about what … Read More

Acupuncture for Gastroparesis

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be very effective for improving gastric motility and the treatment of constipation.

I have treated many people with gastroparesis and can tell you that acupuncture is very helpful for this issue.  Many research studies have shown that acupuncture and electroacupuncture stimulate gastric motility and can be helpful for gastropariesis.

Some of the most effective acupuncture points are ST 36 , Ren 10, And St 25 on the abdomen.

Acupuncture can also help by boosting the body’s energy and getting rid of the heat. From a western science perspective, we’re not completely sure how it works. … Read More