Acupuncture Treatment for Mild to Moderate Ulcers in Bermuda

An ulcer is an open sore located in the stomach lining, the upper part of the small intestine, or the inner lining of esophagus. Known as peptic ulcers, these sores can result from a bacterial infection or from certain medications.

When the mucosal coating of the digestive system is weakened by digestive acids, there is an increased risk of developing these sores. Also, the mucosal layer that protects the small intestine and stomach contains bacteria that can cause inflammation of the inner lining of these structures. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk of developing ulcers as does aspirin. Use of bisphosphonates, such as Foxamax and Actonel, can also contribute to the development of ulcers.

When the ulcer is caused by bacteria, treatment usually includes a course of antibiotics along with medications that serve to reduce stomach acid. Your physician may also prescribe medication that can protect the lining of the small intestine and stomach.

Empirical Evidence

One study in Russia, conducted in 1999, found that when acupuncture treatment was applied at ST 36, point Zusanli, along with auricular points, which are located in the ear, researchers successfully exerted an influence on the production of acid in those patients with stomach and intestinal ulcers. When the participants received 20 minutes of stimulation at point Zusanli, the production of acid increased. After applying treatment for 40 minutes, acid production decreased.

Diagnostic Patterns

There can be several syndrome differentiations for gastric ulcers, which are those of the stomach. This is also the case for those of the small intestine. Your practitioner at COHA Health knows the signs and symptoms in order to make the correct differential diagnosis under eastern medical practice.

There may be disharmony between the liver and stomach resulting from “wood overacting on earth.” The function of the spleen may also be affected by the liver. According to Five Element Theory, the Zang-Fu organs of spleen and stomach, which are of earth, are controlled by the Zang-Fu organs of liver and gall bladder, which are wood. Other patterns may include stomach and intestinal heat, deficient cold and yin deficiency, blood stasis, and Qi stagnation.

Herbal Treatment

Based on studies, the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Medicine suggests that cranberry may inhibit the growth of the bacteria that can cause ulcers. Mastic, Pistacia lentiscus, may also affect the growth of the H. pylori bacteria. In order to avoid serious interactions, please inform your holistic practitioner of all the medications you are taking prior to using herbal formulations.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cann or his associates for treating Mild to Moderate Ulcers, call COHA Health at 1.441.295.7612.

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