I had an enquiry recently from a client in Preston, Lancashire who was considering acupuncture for some digestive issues. I always advise patients to discuss their symptoms first with their GP, and follow Western medicine advice. However I regularly work alongside Western medicine treatment and use acupuncture to support patients who have digestive complaints. On some occasions GP’s have also recommended acupuncture to some of the clients I see.
Some interesting research, highlighted by the Healthcare Medicine Institute online, suggests that acupuncture is effective for gastric ulcers and gastritis. Two research teams found that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment modality. The article is available to read in full here: Acupuncture heals ulcers and alleviates gastritis.
A second study from the same source also found that acupuncture, herbs and moxibustion were effective for the relief of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Acupuncture and IBS Relief.
The British Acupuncture Council provides a useful review of the evidence for acupuncture and IBS, which indicates that a course of acupuncture improves IBS symptoms and general wellbeing. They also summarise that acupuncture may benefit IBS symptoms by providing pain relief, regulating the motility of the digestive tract, increasing parasympathetic tone and reducing anxiety and depression
Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in the Ribble Valley, and her acupuncture clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from Preston, Blackburn, Blackpool, Clitheroe, Garstang, Lancaster, Leyland, Chorley, East Lancashire and throughout Lancashire.