Dyspepsia–new research shows the power of acupuncture

With our stressful lives, many people suffer from chronic stomach complaints. Of course there are many causes, and some of these, like ulcers, respond well to conventional medical attention. But all too often Western doctors do their tests and endoscopies, and say they can find nothing “wrong”. But the symptoms of what is then called “functional dyspepsia“, continue, with nausea, belching, chronic pain, and bloating. There is then little to offer from conventional medicine. But a new study suggests that acupuncture may be very effective indeed for this problem.

In a large trial of over 700 patients, the response rate to acupuncture was an astonishing 70%. Here’s the link to the article abstract in the GI ┬ájournal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. These patients underwent very intensive acupuncture for 4 weeks, but then had a sustained benefit for over 12 weeks after that.

My experience is that dyspepsia often fits into a “mind-body” type problem. The gut has an incredibly complex neurological system of its own that we are only beginning to understand. Acupuncture can be an effective route to bring this system back into balance.

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