Acupuncture, East Asian Medicine, and Digestion
Physically, the digestive system is at the center of the body. In Chinese medicine, it is often referred to as the “middle burner.” As food is our main source of nourishment, the “middle burner” forms the root of post-natal essence, or the energy that sustains us the moment the umbilical cord is cut.
With good digestion, we are able to extract and absorb the nutrients well, and therefore nourish the billions of cells comprising the body, to in turn, promote quality physiology. If we cannot absorb the food we eat, then isn’t it just going to waste?
Symptoms of a poor digestion may include nausea, vomiting, loose stools or diarrhea, constipation, undigested food, bloating, and inability to lose or gain weight.
Poor digestion affects the whole body, and can manifest in other systems and express as allergies, dermatitis (acne, eczema, psoriasis), fatigue, and even pain and poor sleep!
Acupuncture and East Asian medicine offer valuable tools in bringing the digestive system back to equilibrium!