Anything can cause a dysfunctional gut: The way your body processes food, chronic stress, food sensitivities, recent illness, antibiotic overload, drinking alcohol, poor sleep, lack of exercise, trauma, and even a woman’s menstrual cycle can all wreak havoc on gut health. That is important to know because from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, your digestive system is not comprised of just your mouth, intestines, and stomach. And, the more chronic issues your gut has, the more factors contributing to your gut’s function will likely be uncovered.
Surveys estimate nearly 70 million people in the United States are affected by some sort of digestive disorder, making GI issues all too common. Sadly, there is a myriad of digestive issues that many people accept as “normal,” leading to daily discomfort.
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According to Chinese medicine, an overactive nervous system will decrease digestive function and therefore lead to the inability to properly absorb nutrients and excrete waste. And, in this case, acupuncture treatments would work to balance the nervous system to reduce hyperactivity and stress, leading to greater balance in the gut and improved digestion and elimination. In turn, pain and inflammation would also be decreased, helping to regulate acid production and promote natural peristalsis.
Nutritional changes are also extremely important when it comes to restoring homeostasis in the gut. Having said that, everything that you put into your body that makes you feel good, may not make the person next to you feel good (and vice versa). That’s why a detailed systems review and intake is an integral part of any treatment plan. It paints a very detailed picture of what is going on internally and allows Dr. Iona to diagnose you with a “pattern.” Then, it becomes less about treating individual conditions such as IBS or leaky gut, and more about treating all of you. At Healing Points, acupuncture, functional medicine, and nutrition are combined to create a treatment plan that is very specific to each patient’s needs.
Acupuncture can help relieve the following gut symptoms and disorders:
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When it comes to nutrition, further disseminating the root cause of inflammation and imbalance is not always simple and obvious. Food sensitivity testing can be a good way to corroborate the fact that some of the foods you are consuming are, indeed, problematic.
If you suffer from digestive problems, headaches, chronic sinus infections or drainage, low energy, mood swings, cravings, skin issues, joint aches, asthma, autoimmune disease, or anything else we have left off this list, then an elimination diet might do your body good. It’s the real deal and a huge empowering step towards living your healthiest life.
Our toolkit is filled with nutrition resources from The Institute for Functional Medicine, where Dr. Iona studied. We provide comprehensive guides for customized food plans that can positively impact many chronic conditions. We also provide tips for following each food plan, shopping lists, recipes, and strategies to address other lifestyle factors. As an example, we might recommend a Cardiometabolic Food Plan for individuals with risk factors for CVD, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or increased belly fat. While it may seem counterintuitive to treat cardiovascular and metabolic dysfunctions with the same dietary plan, these conditions share similar causes, including inflammation, insulin resistance, and stress. Other plans include Core Food Plan, Detox Food Plan, Mito Food Plan, ReNew Food Plan, and Advanced Elimination Diets that address conditions like arthritis and autoimmune diseases.
“She is amazing! I started seeing Dr. Iona shortly after I moved here in 2020 at the height of the pandemic and just after finishing chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer. She has helped me build my immune system and boosted my energy levels. We work on diet, supplements, digestive issues. We discuss stress levels, sleep issues, eastern and western medicine. Dr Iona asks the tough question and truly listens for the honest answers. I credit her with my staying healthy this year and my recovery from surgery and treatment. She is a major part of my ongoing health and wellness routine💜”Joan K.
“I came to see Michelle January 2020 after struggling with IBS. She came highly recommended to me by my mother and thankfully so. I have now been off all GI medications for over a year. Acupuncture has had many benefits for my overall health and well being. Thank you Healing Points Accupunture!”Jean G.
“I highly recommend Dr. Michelle Iona for both acupuncture and nutritional advice. She is very caring and attentive and helps get to the root of the problem. Dr. Iona gave me valuable guidance on how to improve my diet which has ultimately helped me to lose weight and address some medical concerns without the need for medications. Thank you Dr. Iona!”Ken K.