Acupuncture - Relieving Abdominal PainAcupuncture: Relieving Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can present in many forms including feelings of stabbing, gaseousness, bloating or burning to name a few. Causes include: constipation, menstrual cramps, gallstones, urinary tract infection, food poisoning, appendicitis, ulcer and hernia. Symptoms that may be cause for concern are fever, vomiting blood, urinary pain, swelling, tenderness and inability to pass stool or keep food down. Conventional medicine treats abdominal symptoms with ulcer medication, acid reflux formulas, antibiotics or other powerful, synthetic remedies. A traditional remedy protocol is how Integrative Med Solutions (IMS) approaches abdominal pain using acupuncture and naturopathic medicine such as nutraceutical supplementation, botanical medicine and clinical nutrition.

Acupuncture: Relieving Abdominal Pain
A 2000 study in the February issue of The Journal for Chinese Medicine stated that, “…researchers found the technique (scalp acupuncture) to be overwhelmingly effective in treating not only stomach pain, but also pain related to urinary obstructions, liver and gallbladder disorders, and gynecological conditions.”  Licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lisanti will listen to your complete history and determine the best approach pertaining to your individual abdominal challenge. Stomach (ST) 36 is one of the most popular points. Located on the outer lower leg just below the knee, this point is capable of alleviating gastric pain, vomiting, distention, indigestion and constipation.

Botanical Medicine: Natural Prescriptions
Botanical medicines are embraced by the body offering a full system healing process rather than a direct band-aid approach. IMS maintains a list of cutting edge as well as Centuries old herbal and plant remedies. Dr. Lisanti is trained to safely use botanical medicine without contraindicating any conventional medicines you may be using at the time. One of the many causes of abdominal pain is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). A 1998 study by the University of Sydney found that, “…Chinese herbal medicines can be effective in the management of irritable bowel syndrome.” Chinese and other herbal remedies for IBS as well as additional abdominal challenges include: Shu Gan Wan (a poria and peony combo extract which includes radish, turmeric, tangerine and Chinese agarwood), Si Jun Zi Wan (known as the Four Noble Extract made up of Asian Ginseng, rhizome, poria and Chinese licorice), ginger, lemon verbena, chamomile and peppermint.

Nutraceutical Supplementation: Probiotics, Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids
Using nutraceutical supplementation for abdominal pain can, in many cases, permanently alleviate the problem. Dr. Lisanti may prescribe probiotics, a ‘good bacteria’ supplement. This can strengthen the gut which may be overridden with non-beneficial ‘bad bacteria’ as well as intestinal yeast growth. In addition, charcoal is an excellent absorbent for gas and toxins in the stomach / intestines. Also, adding the enzymes lipase, protease and amylase to boost the digestive process can often eliminate abdominal pain.

Clinical Nutrition: Proper Foods for Abdominal Health
Another major cause of abdominal pain is challenging your system with unfriendly food choices. Using the IMS clinical nutrition program your abdominal pain could be reduced by changing or adding certain foods. You could very well be lactose intolerant and simply need to switch to non-dairy choices that Dr. Lisanti can advise. There is also the challenge of being allergic or sensitive to certain foods such as wheat gluten which, in some cases, results as celiac disease requiring a gluten free diet. Let IMS determine the best clinical nutrition path for your specific abdominal pain challenge.

At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you.  In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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