Acupuncture and the Relation of the Large Intestine


Master Lu's Health Center|Acupuncture|Salt Lake City


In 2016 a study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing Acupuncture, more specifically Elecroacupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for Chronic severe functional Constipation. This study was conducted in 15 hospital in china. The patients had chronic severe functional constipation and no underlying pathological causes for the constipation. Each patient received 28 sessions of Electroacupuncture. The results of the study showed that each participant increased the number of consistent bowel movements with assistance of electroacupuncture treatments and without any adverse side effect.

In Western medicine the arge intestine is responsible for absorbing water from indigestible food and transporting the useless waste material that comes out of the body. This is the second to the last step of the digestive tract in the human body. In Chinese medicine we look at it a bit differently, the large intestine is both an organ and an entity.

The large intestine channel is associated with the emotions of sadness, loss, grief, guilt and stagnation.

These can lead to pathologies that make it difficult for one to go with the flow of everyday life. When these emotions become severe, then the body can show this as constipation, diarrhea and lower abdominal cramping. Imbalance in the lower intestine can also lead to physical weakness, at the same time provoking emotional responses that then produce instant defecation due to the body’s natural reflex reaction.

An imbalance affecting the large intestine are quite frequent in today’s society, cause by excessive stress and constant worry. Chronic stress and worry will stimulate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which is responsible for the heart rate, it increases the intestinal and glands activities and relaxes the sphincter muscles that control the gastrointestinal tract. When the PNS is constantly stimulated, the body is unable to rest and digest. This will lead to some of the aforementioned symptoms, diseases and ailments that trouble the large intestine.

TCM can help a person who is dealing with pathologies of the large intestine safely and naturally. TCM uses several techniques for treating ailments within the body. The most common of these techniques is acupuncture. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, stainless steel solid needles to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. Acupuncture works by stimulating the sensory neurons that communicates with the central nervous system (CNS). This helps the body to use it’s self-defense to bring harmony and balance back to itself.

Suffering from gastrointestinal ailments doesn’t have to be a normal part of life. Help is closer then you think. If you or someone you know suffers from Gastrointestinal ailments, come in or call us to see how we can help you live a life free of your Gastrointestinal ailment.