How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

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While most people associate Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with the treatment of pain, it can also be a very effective treatment for internal conditions.

Randy started acupuncture due to constant upper back pain. He also suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As a university professor who focuses in research, Randy spends most his hours in front of a computer. While assessing his posture, it’s clear that a few minor posture changes would make big difference for him.

We decide to put most of the focus on his digestive system while checking if posture changes would alleviate the upper back pain.

The digestive system symptoms are mostly bloating, gassiness, and urgent “explosive” stools. All medical tests had come back negative, and couldn’t provide him any solution for this condition.

While examining his diet and eating habits, 3 main trends became clear to me.

  1. Randy comsumes a lot of “cold” and uncooked food (smoothies, salads, sandwiches…);
  2. He often skips meals due to his very busy schedule;
  3. He always eats while he’s working or reading.

This is a classic case that is described in Chinese Medicine as “weak digestive system.” The digestive system, in the eyes of Chinese Medicine, enjoys regularity. In the 5-element method, it belongs to the Earth element. Earth is stable, steady and moves in regular rhythm. Therefore, regularity in eating hours is very important. Another very important aspect of healthy digestion is that eating is a full body activity. It is recommended not to eat while working, reading, watching TV etc. When we eat, we need to eat!

Above all, the most important guidance I could give Randy was to consume more warm and cooked food, and stop the cold raw foods, including ice cold drinks, smoothies, ice-cream and salads. The cold slows digestion and “allows” food to rot in our body. The digestive system is a system that prefers heat, and dislikes cold. In Chinese Medicine, this is the most important aspect of healthy digestion. It is now known that most digestive enzymes function better at temperature of 38-42 degrees…

After a 6 week treatment plan that consisted of weekly acupuncture with a focus on digestive health, along with close monitoring and guidance with his diet, all symptoms have been resolved. His bowels are normal and in good consistency. He is no longer gassy or bloated. And his upper back pains are no longer an issue.

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