Digestive disorders encompass a wide variety of symptoms, effecting millions of people. Clinical studies and experimental research show excellent results from acupuncture for many digestive complaints. The following list shows some of the common digestive problems successfully treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine:


  • Stomachache
  • Indigestion
  • Acid reflux
  • Gastric ulcer, gastritis
  • Constipation & diarrhea
  • Colitis & IBS
  • Flatulence, nausea, vomiting
  • Food allergies, cravings
  • Bloating, cramps, weight management

Treatment with Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are very effective means of helping with digestive health. Chinese Herbal Medicine has many formulas for addressing different types of digestive disruption and the different organs that may be involved. Our practitioner can differentiate between these syndromes and decide which organs play the strongest part.


Acupuncture has demonstrated effectiveness in managing chemotherapy medication digestive side effects and digestive symptoms following anesthesia. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive imbalance as well as a wide range of medical conditions.

Peptic Ulcer

Due to the stress of our modern life styles, Ulcers are fairly common. Peptic Ulcers are due to excess activity of the digestive acids, and are severely impacted by emotional and physical stress. As previously stated, Chinese Medicine effectively treats the physical manifestations of stress and, is able to help the body normalize digestive function.

Ulcerative Colitis, Crohns Disease, and Regional Enteritis

Chinese Medicine can help restore balance to the immune system and reduce allergic sensitivity within the digestive tract. In addition, Acupuncture is able to rectify the effects of psychological, mental and emotional stress. In this way, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are able to restore normal gastrointestinal function.

Gallbladder Disorders

Gallbladder disorders can cause nausea, indigestion, gastric upset, and generalized discomfort anywhere in the abdominal region, with pain that even radiates into the back.


Surgery is a common treatment for gall stones. However, the removal of the gallbladder does not always eliminate the problem. In situations which are acute, and do not require emergency surgery, Acupuncture can help reduce pain and discomfort, while supporting the process of eliminating the stones. Chinese Medicine also provides methods to reduce the buildup of calculi and reduce the likelihood of acute situations.

Chronic Constipation or Diarrhea

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be extremely effective in normalizing digestive and bowel function, helping to manage symptoms such as chronic constipation and diarrhea. These conditions are considered an imbalance of the spleen and stomach organ systems as well as the bowels in Chinese Medicine. Our therapists will evaluate your symptoms to determine what internal imbalances are giving rise to your condition and treat you accordingly.


At The Lotus Center, we incorporate nutritional and dietary counseling, into our treatment program as well as acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. These treatments have helped many patients reduce and even eliminate the symptoms of digestive conditions such as IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastric Reflux/GERD, as well as non-functional and generalized abdominal discomfort.


We want to make it clear that at the Lotus Center we do not intend to replace your Primary care options. We hope to support your primary care, allowing you, (with your doctors guidance), to begin to reduce and hopefully eliminate your need for pharmaceutical drugs, returning you to natural healthy functioning.

What does a treatment plan look like?

There are a number of factors to consider when determining how to create a treatment program for people with digestive conditions. Our practitioners will carefully assess your circumstances and give you a reasonable estimate of what to expect. Often, these types of illnesses respond to treatments well, though sometimes it can take a number of treatments to bring issues to a satisfying resolution. Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbs to resolve these conditions in the fastest way possible. You can expect to get treatment at least twice a week at first and then to taper off over time