What We Treat

Digestive Issues

Gut health is super important for healthy longevity and overall well-being. See how acupuncture can help with digestive issues like IBS, bloating, and acid reflux.

Acupuncture Can Help with Digestive Issues

Chinese Medicine views any digestive issue as an imbalance in the body. When your body is in balance, your digestion is healthy. Based on thousands of years of wisdom from Chinese Medicine our treatment approaches can help bring your body into balance, and help heal your gut naturally.

Symptoms and Causes

There are many health issues associated with the gastrointestinal (GI) system and many possible causes:

Symptoms

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Loose stools
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Ulcers
  • Belching
  • Heartburn
  • GERD
  • Acid reflux
  • Food allergies
  • Food sensitivities
  • IBS
  • Diabetes
  • Low appetite
  • Nausea
  • Morning sickness
  • PMS-related GI issues
  • SIBO
  • Candida
  • Crohn’s
  • Gastritis
  • Colitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Indigestion
  • Cravings
  • GI-related skin issues
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Halitosis
  • Hernia
  • Rectal pain
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Celiac disease

Lifestyle Causes

  • Emotional stress
  • Poor diet
  • Disrupted eating schedule
  • Poor eating habits
  • Poor sleep
  • Too much exercise
  • Too little exercise
  • Food sensitivities
  • Food allergies
  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions
  • Parasitic infection
  • Bacteria infection
  • Viral infection
  • Inflammation
  • Dietary deficiencies
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Food poisoning

Our Approach

Looking at the body from the perspective of Chinese Medicine, we look at your body as a whole. Every person is unique and we’re always changing. Every digestive issue is also different and always changing. We take this into account with our treatments. We tailor each treatment to each individual and modify treatment approaches as changes occur and as people start getting better. In this way, we can get to the root of the issue rather simply masking symptoms. Our aim is for lasting and sustainable health through effective treatments, education, and coaching.

What’s our Track Record?

Most people notice some improvement in their digestion within 5–10 sessions. Over time, and with appropriate lifestyle changes in conjunction with herbs and/or acupuncture, many clients have been able to significantly improve their digestive issues. With the services we offer at the clinic, we can assist you with reducing your GI symptoms and help you make lifestyle changes that can help prevent symptoms from coming back.

How Does It Work?

From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, digestive symptoms are seen as an imbalance in the body. Our treatments can help heal digestive issues by bringing the body into balance.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatments vary from individual to individual, but in general acupuncture balances your nervous system activity. Since the nervous system plays such a strong role in digestive functions, acupuncture can have a powerful effect on a wide range of digestive symptoms.

Bodywork & Cupping

Bodywork, similar to acupuncture, is a very relaxing modality and it can help bring the body into an optimal physiological state so that it can heal itself.

Moxa

Moxa is a way of stimulating acupuncture points by using heat therapy with mugwort. It is often used to strengthen digestive function and overall vitality.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine can be a very effective treatment for digestive issues. Using Chinese Medicine diagnosis, we determine the nature of your imbalance and create a custom herbal formula to correct it. As your body heals and changes, we adapt your custom formula to continue your healing process, eventually weaning you off entirely. A typical course of herbal treatment is 3 months for chronic digestive conditions.

Holistic Health Counseling

During a Holistic Health Counseling, we’ll work with you to discover the causes of your GI issues and assist you with creating lifestyle habits and dietary changes that will help you improve your health and keep you healthy.

The Advantage of Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Since Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are non-invasive, natural treatments that enhance your body’s own ability to heal itself, negative side effects are minor and extremely rare compared to pharmaceuticals and surgery. We take a holistic approach and work on your body as a whole, not just individual symptoms. Most people not only notice improvement in their digestion, but also positive “side effects” such as more energy, less stress, and better sleep.

Treatment Options for GI issues

Ready to heal your digestive symptoms? Give us a call at (202) 297-7404, schedule an appointment online or contact us if you have any questions.

Verify Your Insurance Benefits

We are out-of-network providers with Blue Cross / Carefirst, Cigna, Aetna, and United. Many plans have good out-of-network acupuncture coverage. To find out if your plan includes out-of-network coverage for acupuncture, please fill out our short form to verify your benefits with us. You can also call us with your information at (202) 297-7404. Our staff will usually have your coverage information within 2 business days.

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To schedule an appointment, simply visit our online scheduling page, and follow the directions from there. We look forward to meeting you!

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Open 7 days a week:
Monday 12 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday 12 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday
  9 am – 12:30 pm
  5 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday 12 pm – 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

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1645 Connecticut Ave NW,
3rd floor
Washington, DC 20009
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