Abdominal pain is any unpleasant and painful sensation in the abdominal region. The abdomen is an anatomical area that is bounded by the lower margin of the ribs and diaphragm above, the pelvic bone below, and the flanks on each side. The organs of the abdomen include the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Occasionally, pain may be felt in the abdomen even though it is arising from organs that are close to, but not within, the abdominal cavity. For example, conditions of the lower lungs, the kidneys, and the uterus or ovaries can cause abdominal pain.  Pain lasting more than a few days, be sure to first check with your doctor to rule out any serious or life threatening conditions.

Acute or Chronic Abdominal Pain

Acute abdomen pain can be defined as severe, persistent abdominal pain of sudden onset. The pain may frequently be associated with nausea, and vomiting, abdominal distention, and or fever. The most common conditions associated with this is acute appendicitis.

Chronic abdominal pain is the ongoing presence of abdominal pain for more than six months which there is no known medical explanation. Chronic abdominal pain is related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, and or gallstones.

Acupuncture Treats Abdominal Pain

The spleen and the stomach’s function in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are to transform and transport vital substances in the body. When this function is disturbed by cold, summer heat and or dampness, the spleen and stomach function is disturbed.  Qi, blood, energy and or energy does not to flow smoothly and the end result is abdominal pain. Improper diet (indulgence of greasy food, alcohol, and ice cream), emotional stress, constitutional deficiency, surgeries and or traumatic injury can lead to abdominal pain.

Acupuncture treats abdominal pain by promoting the Spleen and Stomach function in transporting vital substances (food, water, air, Qi and blood) to every part of the body. TCM is about, energy, flow, and balance. If  organs are cooperating with each other (balance), and the body has enough energy (Qi) circulating properly (flow), the body is balanced.  Acupuncture is often combined with herbs, cupping and or tuina for maximum results.

Most patients fall asleep during treatment and have no side effects!

Acupuncture prescriptions are specially designed for each patient, so points will be added or eliminated to balance the body!

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