Gastrointestinal Issues

Gastrointestinal health affects the entire body inside out, from the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems to the skin. The GI tract not only digests and absorbs nutrients; it is also the seat of our immune system.

Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine (WS-TCM) is uniquely effective in treating gastrointestinal issues because it addresses the complex gut-brain axis—a network that links the endocrine, immune, and autonomic nervous systems. These connections influence the emotional and physical pattern that manifests in your body. That pattern varies from person to person, requiring an individualized approach to bring balance back to the mind and body through acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle counseling. Our practitioners have 50+ years of collective clinical experience, and our experience in gastrointestinal health includes treatment for:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Abdominal pain

  • Heartburn and acid reflux

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhea and constipation

as well as constipation in babies and opioid-induced constipation, and other serious conditions such as Crohn’s disease and diverticulitis. WS-TCM attends to diet, nutrition, lifestyle and stress on a person-by-person basis. Once we assess and determine your individual pattern, a diagnosis emerges. We then structure an appropriate plan to treat your pattern and alleviate your symptoms. This 3-month program may consist of:

  • Individualized Treatment

  • 24 Acupuncture Treatments

  • 6 Customized Chinese Herbal Formulas

  • Gua-Sha, Tui Na, Cupping & Ear Seeds

  • Information & Education

Alongside TCM therapies, restoration of proper digestion may require diet and lifestyle modifications, such as stress management, regular exercise and healthy sleep patterns.

“I had been experiencing gastro issues for a couple of years and had seen 4 doctors (including 2 specialists) yet no relief. The pain was so bad it was affecting my day to day life. I was so desperate and really feeling hopeless about all of it until I became a patient at Garden Acupuncture. I have been seeing them for 3 months now. Within a week of my first visit I was already feeling zero symptoms.”

— Chaya M., Brooklyn


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