Updated: Aug 9
Acupuncture is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to treat various medical conditions. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy and promote healing. One condition that may benefit from acupuncture treatment is Crohn’s disease, which is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the digestive system.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and irritation of the digestive tract. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. Traditional medical treatments include medications to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system, but these treatments can come with side effects and may not always be effective.
Acupuncture may be an alternative or complementary treatment option for Crohn’s disease. Some studies have shown that acupuncture may reduce inflammation in the body and improve digestive function. Additionally, acupuncture may help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea.
There have been several medical journals and studies conducted on the use of acupuncture for Crohn’s disease. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2018 examined the results of 13 randomized controlled trials on the use of acupuncture for inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease. The study found that acupuncture was significantly more effective than a placebo treatment in improving symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, including abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Another study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in 2014 looked specifically at the use of acupuncture for Crohn’s disease. The study involved 50 patients with Crohn’s disease who received acupuncture treatment twice a week for eight weeks. The results showed that acupuncture was effective in reducing inflammation and improving symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
Overall, the evidence suggests that acupuncture may be a viable treatment option for Crohn’s disease. However, it is important to note that acupuncture should not be used as a replacement for Western Medical treatments, but rather as a complementary therapy to help manage symptoms and improve overall quality of life. As with any medical treatment, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider like your General Practitioner (GP) and determine if acupuncture is a safe and appropriate option for individual patients. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post. If you have any more questions or concerns check out our Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find these help to answer most people's questions.