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Why am I having abdominal pain and how can you help me?

No one has figured out my abdominal pain: a short read about the gut-brain axis

Have you gotten all the tests done and you still do not know why you are having abdominal pain or discomfort? Not sure how to proceed? Then this article is for you.

You possibly have heard the terms gut and brain joined as gut-brain axis at some point in your life or this may be a completely new concept for you. So, what is it really? The gut-brain axis is a system between the central nervous system (CNS) that relays information between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract. The gut microbiota, being a large player within this system, forms connections between the enteric nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, and the neuroendocrine immunity of the CNS. As the gut and the liver function together as well, the microbiota-gut-liver-brain axis has attracted prominent interest in recent years. The microbiota-gut-liver-brain axis mediates the occurrence and development of many diseases in the Western medical world however, these systemic connections and patterns of dis-ease have been diagnosed and treated through Eastern Medicine for thousands of years despite the lack of systemic approaches to diagnosis and treatment in conventional medicine.

Gut-brain interaction disorders are some of our day's most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorders with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) being one of them. Symptoms you may be experiencing often include gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, food sensitivity, allergies, or acid reflux. While researchers have difficulty pointing out the pathomechanism and dis-ease progression of IBS, variable factors they include are

· GI motility changes,

· visceral hypersensitivity,

· microbiota dysbiosis,

· small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,

· candida overgrowth,

· malabsorption,

· inflammation,

· food sensitivity,

· weight gain or loss.

Currently there are not definitive conventional treatments to IBS as the root causes to such reactions of the body may differ from one person to another. However, modulating the gut-brain axis through acupuncture and East Asian herbs has shown significant improvements in patient outcomes in treatment of IBS.

While single supplements may have short term effects, considering the body systems from a holistic point of view is crucial in regulating the gut-brain axis which Eastern Medicine has done for thousands of years. At LUX Integrative Wellness, we are focused on cognitive-behavioral approaches and improving the hypersensitivity of the gut, the neuroendocrine system, and immune system through

· regulating gut microbiota,

· repairing mucosal tissue damage, and improving gut mucosal immunity to reduce the excess permeability of the gut,

· improving the balance of the HPA axis and anxiety behaviors,

· improving GI function,

· increasing production of ghrelin, cholecystokinin, and vasoactive intestinal peptides,

· improving gastric emptying rate,

· treating lipid metabolism and liver function,

· reducing inflammatory factors.

To receive a complete evaluation of your health and treatments involving acupuncture and East Asian herbal medicine, schedule with us through or call us at (858) 308-2230.


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