Acupuncture for digestive disorders On this page Overview Symptoms Causes Treatment Facesheet 1. Overview Digestive disorders involves the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum. 2. Symptoms Common gastrointestinal disorders include stomach pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. 3. Causes There are various causes of digestive problems, including: Gluten Stress Excessive alcohol Poor diet Medications such as aspirin 4. Treatment for digestive disorders Acupuncture can help people with stomach pain, heart burn and IBS. Personally, I believe that with more chronic gastrointestinal disorders such as Chrohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, Chinese herbal medicine is more able to help than acupuncture alone. Chinese herbal medicine is not often considered to treat digestive problems, yet it's very effective. It's been used for thousands of years to treat disorders of the spleen and stomach. To read more abour how Chinese herbs can treat digestive disorders, read my academic article, a translation from a Chinese master. 5. Factsheet Download my gastrointestinal factsheet. References David L. Diehl.The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.Feb 1999.27-45.http://doi.org/10.1089/acm.1999.5.27. Takahashi, T. J Gastroenterol (2006) 41: 408. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00535-006-1773-6. Jieyun Yin, Jiande D.Z. Chen, Gastrointestinal motility disorders and acupuncture, Autonomic Neuroscience, Volume 157, Issues 1–2, 2010, Pages 31-37, ISSN 1566-0702, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autneu.2010.03.007.