It is difficult to diagnose Crohn’s disease because it mimics several other health issues, doctors more often than not would not suspect it when you describe your symptoms. Individuals typically suppose that what plagues them is irritable bowel syndrome and then attempt to treat the condition themselves. Crohn’s deal, once diagnosed, would prompt doctors to prescribe certain medications as treatment. But since these drugs come with bad side effects, a lot of sufferers are forced to turn to alternative modes of treatment for relief. For some people, Crohn’s treatment with acupuncture in Bellingham is one of the most effective alternative and natural forms of treatment they can experience.
Most individuals suffering from get Crohn’s disease develop the condition during their teenage years although it tends to occur later in life for some people. Crohn’s is also suspected to be a genetically inherited disease. There is also evidence that it might be triggered by environmental factors, especially if one is genetically predisposed to it. The disease is not deadly but it can impact the quality of life of the sufferer in an extreme way. Crohn’s sufferers usually will try various kinds of treatments to help relieve their suffering. Conventional treatments include drugs and surgery; the most popular alternative treatment for the disease is acupuncture.
To help understand how acupuncture can be a treatment for Crohn’s, one has to know the basic background of this very old healing tradition. Running on the principle that the body consists of a number of energy channels (called meridians) running all over the body, acupuncture is a treatment that returns the flow of life energy (known as Qi) to normality in order to restore balance in the body thus giving the body the ability to heal itself. When a person is healthy, the Qi or Chi flows through the meridians freely. When these energy channels are blocked, sickness, disease and ailments arise. The acupuncturist treats this problem using very thin needles inserted into certain points in the body known as acupoints which are scattered throughout the body and are numerous. Just below these acupoints lie the meridians. The meridian that is affected is selected and treated with needles. The needle activates the meridian in order to remove the blockage or reroute the flow of Qi to make it flow freely again. Once free flow is established, the sickness is healed and the person returns to normal health once more.
Since Crohn’s is a condition involving the digestive tract, patients tend to suffer from weight loss as the body is unable to ingest nutrition efficiently. Problems can arise in almost any part of the digestive system although the disease usually affects the intestines. In acupuncture treatment for Crohn’s, practitioners target the energy channels that correspond to the digestive tract.
People respond to acupuncture in different ways. For some, it is an extremely powerful form of treatment for Crohn’s while for others, it does absolutely nothing at all. For those interested in trying out this treatment, the most important thing to do is to first seek out a licensed practitioner, one who has experience in treating digestive conditions such as Crohn’s. It is also important that you continue consulting with your medical physician and follow all of his recommendations. Keep on taking your vitamins (if recommended) and tell everything to your physician and acupuncturist about how your condition, how you feel, and the symptoms you are experiencing. You always get the best care and treatment if you are able to communicate clearly with your doctor and/or acupuncturist.