In the not-so-long ago medical archives, digestive complaints were limited to a few common ailments like stomach ulcers, diverticulitis and heartburn. Nowadays gastrointestinal disorders are abundant in the western world. Gluten intolerance (GI) as one of the leading culprits. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, a balanced digestion system is the key to good overall health. Whether we call “it” nutrition, qi, energy or vital force, if we do not have enough – we know it! According to TCM, new energy is “made” from what we eat, drink and breathe.
Your digestive system and ALL of its components are the starting point for the nourishment of all of the other systems of your body. For this reason, acupuncture treatments that focus on nourishing and restoring the energy balance of your digestive system will provide healing for the issues surrounding GI. While every person is different and results can vary greatly, we have seen good results using acupuncture in these cases. Patients are thrilled to have more energy, improved digestion and health.
Acupuncture + Nutritional Planning = Success
The best results are achieved when acupuncture is combined with a custom nutritional plan that includes plant-based enzymes and whole-herb medicinal formulations. Whole-herb formulations replenish and provide support to your entire body. Herbs contain the building materials (proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals) that our bodies need. But these alone cannot increase our health and energy. What is missing? The answer is: enzymes.
Enzymes: The Construction Workers of the Body
Enzymes are found in all living things. Plants use enzymes to grow and to ripen fruits and seeds. Enzymes are also the driving force behind the vast majority of the biochemical processes in the human body. They aid in the digestion of the food and herbs we consume.
So, how do enzymes and herbs work together? In order for medicinal herbs to be used by your body, they must be completely digested. This process requires energy. Digestive enzymes break the herbs into their fundamental building blocks which then allow your body to efficiently put them to use.
Adding plant-based enzymes to medicinal herbs enhances their healing properties. This translates to less stress on your digestive system since the herbs have already been completely broken down to their basic building blocks. The enzymes do the work and your body doesn’t need to expend any extra resources to complete digestion. Your body gains nutrients and conserves energy which brings your system into balance.
The key to healing in my patients living with gluten intolerance is to use a customized plan of herbal recommendations in conjunction with a series of acupuncture treatments.
I am confident that once you see even a small positive change in your health and well-being, you will be excited and motivated to continue with the program.
Let’s get you started on the path to lifelong health.
Gluten intolerance (GI) goes by many names such as gluten sensitivity, leaky gut, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy. For those who suffer from GI, the presence of any amount of gluten in the gut triggers an auto-immune response. As the body reacts to the perceived invader its inflammatory response results in a wide variety of digestive and other symptoms. It is also believed that over time this inflammation damages the lining of the small intestine. Absorption of nutrients may also be effected.
Top Gluten Intolerance Symptoms:
- gas and bloating
- diarrhea or constipation
- fatigue and brain fog
- joint pain and inflammation
- mood issues such as anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder
Gluten Intolerance Treatment Options:
- complete gluten elimination diet
- diagnosis and treatment of other related food intolerances
- medicinal herbs
- nutritional enzymes