Digestive Dysfunction

The ‘Guts Department’ is like a factory … it is designed for the right raw materials to come in at one end, for the waste products to be cleared out effectively at the other and for a system of production in the middle. In this case the ‘products’ of the guts department are blood and vitality. When this body factory is operating smoothly, all is right with the world … but so much can go wrong!

Chinese Medicine (CM) has a long history of dealing with digestive issues. Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, nausea, acid reflux and abdominal pain are all symptoms that can be addressed with the full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine. CM always takes an individualised approach to treatment. It has an elaborate system of diagnostic analysis that adapts to the specific symptoms and body signs that any one person presents. CM offer a reputable treatment option for the management of digestive dysfunction.

The Shen Adelaide team of Chinese Medicine Doctors has decades of experience treating patients with coughs and colds.


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Constipation:  Level Two – Evidence of Potential Positive Effect 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome:  Level Two – Evidence of Potential Positive Effect

Conditions with Level Two evidence have good support of efficacy, but require further research.

Dyspepsia:  Level Three – Weak or Unclear Evidence of Efficacy 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD):  Level Three – Weak or Unclear Evidence of Efficacy 

Level Three evidence is applied to conditions that have not yet shown clear, consistent results. Keep in mind that any single study demonstrating a positive effect is insufficient; it is only after a series of consistent studies that science will draw a positive conclusion. And please also keep in mind that ‘lack of evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!


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Yang M, Li X, Liu S, Li Z, Xue M, Gao D, et al. Meta-analysis of acupuncture for relieving non-organic dyspeptic symptoms suggestive of diabetic gastroparesis. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013;13:311. 

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