Anyone who has digestive disorders has probably felt frustrated with Western medicine. Disorders like Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are hard to treat. Treatment choices are usually just steroids and changes in diet. If these don’t work, then the patient has very few options. Many people with digestive disorders need surgical intervention. Called a bowel resection, this surgery is painful and is not always effective.
None of these treatments for digestive disorders actually heal the body. They are only meant to control the symptoms of stomach problems. Many people with digestive problems turn to holistic medicine to ease their suffering. By treating the whole-body system, holistic medicine addresses symptoms and causes. Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and chiropractic care improve the health of patients.
One of the most painful digestion problems is Crohn’s Disease. With Crohn’s Disease, the lower intestines, colon, and parts of the GI tract become inflamed. This inflammation causes intense suffering. Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease include chronic diarrhea accompanied by abdominal pain. It can cause fever, anorexia, and weight loss. The cause of Crohn’s Disease is unknown and the way the disease works is hard for western medicine to measure.
Patients with Crohn’s Disease fall into one of three main categories. Which category sufferers are in depends on their symptoms. One symptom is inflammation. The lining of the intestines become irritated and painful. Over time, tunnels can build up in the bowels, making them hard to pass through. Another symptom of Crohn’s Disease is stricturing. This is when parts of the intestines tighten and close up. This makes the digestive process difficult by creating obstructions. The final symptom is fistulizing. This is when a hole or ulcer opens in the intestines. This can lead to rectal disease and other digestive disorders. Treatment is difficult no matter which symptoms of Crohn’s Disease patients have.
Treating Crohn’s Disease
When treating Crohn’s Disease with Chinese herbs, the acupuncturist assesses the symptoms. What treatment patients receive is based on an Oriental medical model. Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory digestive disorder. This means that it creates heat, or inflammation in the intestines. Part of the holistic treatment is finding herbs that help clear the heat from the intestines. Gut inflammation is a sign of poor digestion or lack of proper enzymes. A practitioner of holistic medicine can recommend a personalized program for the patient. This program would help with digestion and begin to heal the gut.
Digestion takes place in the small intestine. This means that anything not broken down in the lower intestines is a problem for the immune system. Redness, swelling, or inflammation are signs that the body’s enzymes are out of balance. A holistic physician can recognize and treat such symptoms of digestive disorders.
Holistic Health Approach for Digestive Disorders
Mainstream doctors have few options for treating digestive disorders. Integrative holistic medicine offers more choices. There are many Chinese herbs and formulas that work well to combat Crohn’s Disease. They can reduce inflammation and begin the healing process.
Da Qing Ye, Ban Lan Gen, Chai Hu, Mu Tang, and Ze Xie. These are the names of the herbs used to treat strange and exotic digestive issues. Other Chinese herbs like Ginseng and Gingko were used for years, as well. Finally, the Americans learned of their amazing health benefits.
The herbs used to treat digestive problems are safe and easy to get. They can be found online or at most natural food stores. They come individually or combined with other herbs. One formula, Chien Chi Tai Wan, is especially useful for digestive disorders and is easy to come by.
Your Crohn’s Disease will improve more when acupuncture is added to herbal treatment. Using integrative health, our holistic approach treats the entire body. It addresses the causes of digestive disorders instead of just the symptoms.
The options available through conventional medicine are limited. In the end, most people with these digestive disorders have to live with them. Chiropractors, naturopaths, and acupuncturists offer natural alternatives to treat digestive disorders. Integrative care from a holistic physician can finally provide relief.
At Chiropractic Health and Acupuncture, we are experts in the use of holistic medicine to address digestive disorders.
We not only treat Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, but a wide range of digestive disorders. Located in Penfield, our practice serves Greater Rochester NY including Fairport, Brighton, Webster, and Pittsford. We have been a trusted part of the holistic medicine community in Rochester since 1983.
We are happy to offer a free consultation to prospective patients. Call and schedule one today! Let us improve your quality of life.