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Relieving Epigastric and Abdominal Pain with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine


Abdominal and epigastric pain. Acupuncture and chinese medicine. Chris Eddy at The Neighbourhood Clinic Fitzroy North
Abdominal and epigastric pain areas.

Epigastric and abdominal pain can be distressing and disruptive to one's daily life. While modern medicine provides various treatment options, some individuals seek complementary therapies with fewer side effects. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers two promising modalities - acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine - that have shown positive effects in managing epigastric and abdominal pain. Backed by research, these ancient practices provide potential natural solutions for those looking to alleviate discomfort and promote overall well-being.


Acupuncture for Epigastric and Abdominal Pain Relief:


Acupuncture, a central component of TCM, involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points along the body's energy channels to restore the flow of vital energy (Qi). Studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can effectively reduce pain and inflammation in the epigastric and abdominal regions.


A systematic review by Lee et al. (2013) examined the effects of acupuncture on abdominal pain related to gastrointestinal disorders. The review concluded that acupuncture provided significant relief for various gastrointestinal conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia.


Moreover, a randomized controlled trial conducted by Ma et al. (2021) assessed the efficacy of acupuncture for epigastric pain in patients with peptic ulcers. The results showed that acupuncture not only reduced pain but also improved the healing process and enhanced overall quality of life for the participants.


Chinese Herbal Medicine for Epigastric and Abdominal Pain:


Chinese herbal medicine employs a combination of medicinal herbs to address individual health imbalances. Several herbs have demonstrated potential in alleviating epigastric and abdominal pain and promoting digestive health.


One commonly used herb is Chai Hu (Bupleurum chinense), known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. A study by Fan et al. (2017) investigated the effects of Chai Hu on abdominal pain and inflammation. The results indicated that Chai Hu extract effectively reduced pain severity and inflammation in a rat model of abdominal pain.


Another valuable herb is Huo Xiang (Pogostemon cablin), which has been traditionally used to relieve stomach discomfort and bloating. Research by Lee et al. (2016) demonstrated that Huo Xiang had significant anti-inflammatory effects and improved digestive function in animal studies.


Combining Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine:


The combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is often utilized in TCM to optimize results for epigastric and abdominal pain relief. Acupuncture can target specific pain points and regulate Qi flow, while Chinese herbal formulas provide ongoing support to address underlying imbalances and promote digestive health.


We have over 20 years experience treating abdominal and upper epigastric pain and discomfort. Having had it ourselves and treating literally hundreds of patients with this condition, we are well experienced to guide you to a pain free life.


Give us a call or book online to our Fitzroy North clinic, The Neighbourhood Clinic.

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