Abdomen pain, could that be gastritis?
Have you ever suffered pain in the upper abdominal area? In other word, you might probably have experienced pain from your digestive system. It is estimated that 1 in every 3 Americans or more struggles with issues in the gastrointestinal system. As there are more than one organ get involved with the digestive function, what I would like to talk about is a common condition related to the stomach: gastritis.
Gastritis is inflammation occurs in the lining of the stomach. Inflammation is started by the excess gastric acid. Excess gastric acid produced by gastric gland causes damage of the stomach lining. That gives the irritation feeling around the upper abdominal area. If not treated, the damage will continue with the potential to develop to peptic ulcer. The common sighs and symptoms for gastritis include: discomfort, burning pain of upper abdomen, bloating, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting when become serious. Excess alcohol consumption and smoking are thought to start gastritis and aggravate the signs and symptoms. The good news shows, in most of gastritis cases, symptoms are usually mild, which means there is less or no lasting effect for the damage lining of the stomach. Currently, there are many choices of prescription drugs on market for gastritis. The bad news from study shows that certain form of gastritis such as the erosive gastritis, a mucosal lining damage gastritis is associated with long term use of the Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. Side effect is one of the concerns before patients decide on the prescription.
At Kukurin Chiropractic, we use unique blend of acupuncture and chiropractic skills for patients with chronic pain, back pain, neck pain, neuropath and other pain conditions. As a licensed chiropractor and certified acupuncture practitioner, I would like to share with you my knowledge and skill in treating common digestive conditions such as gastritis. The traditional Chinese acupuncture has shown results in dealing with acute or chronic gastritis. Clinical reference from TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) indicates acute gastritis is caused by invasion of pathogenic factors and improper life style. The pathogenic factors could be cold, heat, damp-heat and cold-dampness. Improper life style commonly refer to improper diet, which could cause acid regurgitation, pressure in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting. A typical acupuncture treatment for gastritis involves insertion of hair fine needle into the abdomen region and the knee. There are two strategy body points/acupuncture point on both sides of the belly button called the stomach 25(ST 25) and one acupuncture point below the knee cap called stomach 36(ST36) those are the two popular acupuncture points used for gastritis treatments. Regarding to how they are named like that, according to the TCM principle, vital life energy called qi(chee) flows around the body through the pathways called the meridians. The meridian related to the digestive system is flowing up through the abdomen, and flowing down through the knee and leg, strategy body points along the pathway are used to treat the pain and disease related to this digestive condition. The purpose of the treatment is to adjust and rebalance the Qi flow for pain relief and promote self healing of the body.
As a Chiropractic physician at Kukurin Chiropractic, spinal correction is utilized with acupuncture for patients with gastritis and other digestive conditions. The relationship between the Nervous system and the digestive system is affected by the alignment of the spinal vertebral. Improper posture and misaligned vertebra pinch the spinal nerves that innervate the digestive organs. If the nerve signal to the gastric gland is blocked or reduced, excess gastric acid produced and lead to gastritis. Gastritis is one of the common digestive conditions that could be treated by spinal correction/adjustment. Vertebral adjustment in the middle and lower back helps to restore the position of the misaligned spinal vertebra. Without interference of the misaligned vertebra, stomach and other digestive organs receive nerve innervations from the brain without blockage. Acupuncture treatment is to improve the flow of the vital energy along the nerve or energy pathway to the organs it supplies. Chiropractic and acupuncture together are good combination proven to assist the body’s natural healing abilities. It’s my pleasure to explain different options that might be considered for gastritis. If you have any questions, please call our office 623.972.8400 ask for Doctor Jack. Please feel free to take advantage of our complimentary phone consultation.