Digestive Disorders

Studies show that acupuncture is effective in treating a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders.

At CompMed we take a holistic approach to digestive disorders and your acupuncturist will prescribe lifestyle and dietary adjustments and/or nutritional supplements alongside your acupuncture treatment to optimally manage your digestive condition.


Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting can be caused by pregnancy, sea sickness, food poisoning, stomach flu, vertigo, side effects of medication, quitting smoking or substance abuse or unknown. Acupuncture's anti-emetic effect works via regulating the nervous system, directing the flow of stomach energy downward, assisting the liver with detoxification and boosting the immune system to restore balance.


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS is often dismissed as "too difficult to treat" or "a psycho-emotional disorder". At CompMed we understand IBS is not "in your head" and using a Chinese medicine diagnostic approach, we identify the cause and treat your IBS with acupuncture and nutritional support.


Constipation & diarrhoea

“Acupuncture promotes gastric peristalsis in subjects with low initial gastric motility and suppresses peristalsis in those with active initial motility”1. This means that if you're constipated, acupuncture may help to switch your large intestine 'on' to help move the stool through, however if you have diarrhoea acupuncture may help to slow things down to help increase water absorption from the stool and firm it up.


Peptic ulcer disease

Acupuncture has been shown to increase stomach acid if basal output is low and decrease stomach acid if your basal output is too high via the body's opioid pathway. By affecting stomach acid output, acupuncture used alongside your medication, can help your stomach ulcer to heal in a shorter period than if you were just using medication alone 2.


Other digestive disorders acupuncture can be helpful in treating include Barretts oesophagitis, heartburn, reflux, GORD, Crohn’s disease, postoperative ileus, and gall stone disease, food cravings, appetite suppression or promotion. Just ask us at CompMed how we can help.

1. Yuan CX, Li PM, Zhu J, et al. Clinical value and mechanisms of the action of the acupuncture points “Pishu” and “Weishu”. Chinese Acupuncture 1985;4:5–8.

2. Li YM, Wu Q. Clinical Observation on 45 Cases of Peptic Ulcer Treated with Acupuncture [J]. Guiding Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, 2008(06):84-85.