Acupuncture for Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s Disease affects the Gastro-Intestinal Tract mainly the intestinal part. Are you experiencing abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, or weight loss recently? You may have Crohn’s Disease. Although no known cure is currently available to anyone with this kind of disease, acupuncture can help alleviate the pain you’re going through. Acupuncture for Crohn’s Disease is a treatment under Traditional Chinese Medicine that can help reduce the symptoms of the disease. Time to see an Acupuncturist.
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Crohn's Disease Information

Crohn’s disease is a disease associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  According to the studies of Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), as many as 780,000 Americans have the condition, and up to 20 percent of people with Crohn’s disease also have a relative or family member with the same disease.

Acupuncture for Crohn's Disease

HOW CROHN'S DISEASE IS TREATED?

Crohn’s Disease is associated with IBD, the signs and symptoms are typically the same. If you’re experiencing persistent changes in your bowel habits it’s time to see your doctor. Your doctor can diagnose if it’s Crohn’s Disease or not. Currently, the cure for Crohn’s Disease is still unknown. Both Medical treatment and Traditional treatment can help to alleviate the pain and the symptoms associated with the disease. Your doctor may recommend you to undergo medical treatment but you can also try some traditional treatment. Acupuncture is a well-known traditional treatment, do you want an Acupuncturist to help you?

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WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE FOR CROHN'S DISEASE?

Acupuncture is a treatment used under traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM theory states that the flow of qi in every meridian in the body can become blocked which creates GI problems. Under TCM, it is believed one’s health is determined by the flow of body energy called qi. Having an imbalanced flow of qi can lead to sickness and issues in the body. Acupuncture uses acupuncture needles to unblock the meridian and restore the balance in qi. Therapies can help promote natural self-healing abilities and alleviate symptoms.

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CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT CROHN'S DISEASE?

Yes, acupuncture can treat Crohn’s Disease. More people are choosing acupuncture as a treatment because of its effectiveness. Acupuncture is best known for its treatment of chronic pains and is getting approval by the scientific community as a reasonable treatment. Researchers found out the increasing benefits of acupuncture for gastrointestinal diseases, and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Acupuncture is a traditional treatment method that may help reduce the symptoms of GI diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This technique affects how the brain interprets stress and pain signals.

Additional Info

Before you go to your acupuncturist, it is good to visit your doctor to find the underlying cause of your Crohn’s Disease. This will help determine right the treatment for you. Here are some things that can cause Crohn’s Disease:

  • Immune System
  • Genetics/Heredity
  • Environmental Factors

Crohn’s Disease mostly affect the colon, which is part of the large intestine. The earliest symptoms includes:

  • Blood in your stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Mouth Sores
  • Feeling as if your bowels aren’t empty after pooping
  • Frequent need to defecate
  • Pain on drainage near or around the anus

Traditional Chinese Medicine especially acupuncture is being used in treating such digestive health issues including Crohn’s Disease. Studies showed that acupuncture combined with Herbal Chinese Medicine and moxibustion, ( also a type of TCM) decrease inflammation and had positive benefits on hemoglobin in patients with Crohn’s Disease. Some researchers suggest that acupuncture provides some significant positive effects on patients with Crohn’s disease and can also be a very effective treatment option.

To diagnose this disease, the doctor will need to see what’s going on inside your digestive tract, they also may collect samples of tissue for testing.

  • Blood Test
  • Stool Test
  • MRI
  • Imaging test
  • CT
  • UGI
  • Endoscopy
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Biopsy

Crohn’s Disease can lead to complications such as:

  • Ulcers
  • Fistulas
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Malnutrition
  • Anal Fissure
  • Colon Cancer
  • Blood Clots
  • Medication Risk
  • Other health problems such as osteoporosis, arthritis, skin disorders,  anemia and gallbladder or liver disease.

This diet plan works for a person with Crohn’s Disease but also may not work for another. This is because the disease affect the different areas of the Gastro- Intestinal (GI) tract.

  • Drink enough water
  • Adjust fiber intake
  • Limit fat intake Limit dairy intake
  • Consider alternative sources of vitamins and minerals

Crohn’s disease affects any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the mouth to the anus. 

  • Ileocolitis
  • Ileitis
  • Gastroduodenal Crohn’s disease
  • Jejunoileitis
  • Crohn’s (granulomatous) colitis

[1] “Acupuncture in Inflammatory Bowel Disease”Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation crohnscolitisfoundation.org/blog/acupuncture-inflammatory-bowel-disease

[2] Crohn’s Disease by Mayo Clinic mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/crohns-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20353304

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