Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract. This condition can affect the large intestine (the colon) and rectum and has the attributes of affecting your body over time rather than a condition that happened overnight. It is estimated that around 750,000 Americans are diagnosed with the condition of Ulcerative Colitis.
Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the colon and rectum. Symptoms flare up and go into remission at various times throughout this disease state. People are usually diagnosed between 15-30 years old, but it is not unusual for people to have their first symptoms sometime between the ages of 50-70 years old. There is no cure for this condition at this time but there are therapies and medications that can modify symptoms and many times lead patients to remission.
Allopathic Medicine treatments comprise Anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant drugs to reduce the inflammatory process. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the branches of acupuncture and herbal medicine play important roles in maintaining balance. Yin and Yang’s concept has relevance to this condition, as with all others. Certain medications can also aid in having the effect of reducing pain and inflammation and restoring balance to the digestive system and the colon. Many patients using acupuncture report restoration of their health concerns whether as a primary treatment or as a supplementary treatment to their Allopathic.
For UC usually, Acupuncture points are chosen that are primarily on the stomach and abdomen and various other areas of the body to stimulate a therapeutic effect for improvement of health. Acupuncture uses thin needles to gently puncture the skin at key acupuncture points that are used to regulate the digestive system, calm the nervous system, and reduce inflammation. Relaxation is a common response to acupuncture treatment. Many patients love the effect that acupuncture provides. The release of chemicals from the acupuncture procedure such as endorphins that relieve pain and inflammation provide many with a feeling of peace and calm, some patients report a floating or a light feeling sensation. Acupuncture has been used for digestive disorders for over 3,000 years and is more relevant today more than ever. Come and experience what acupuncture can do for you.