Health Source Acupuncture August 2018 Update

                                                              Presented by HealthSource Acupuncture

August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month. IFFGD works to focus attention on important health messages about gastroparesis diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life issues. The goals include improving understanding of gastroparesis to help patients and families manage the condition and encouraging preventive strategies.


Acupuncture is an option to help with gastroparesis, it is all about enhancing flow and movement in your body.  Many patients have found that acupuncture can help move food through the digestive tract and bring relief from the pain, bloating, nausea, and emotional symptoms associated with gastroparesis.


If you suffer from gastroparesis, there are a number of things you can do for yourself to alleviate symptoms.  Your goal is to get adequate nutrition while avoiding flare-ups.  Some tips that help accomplish this goal include:


Eat several small meals during the day and keep your meals light.  The more you eat at one sitting, the slower your stomach will empty—so think small.

Movement helps move your food along.  Take a not-too-vigorous walk after eating to help the process.

 Stop eating a few hours before you wind down for bedtime.


Make friends with soups and smoothies.  Liquid meals will be best tolerated, as they will empty from your stomach better than solid foods.  In addition, be sure to drink liquids with any solid foods that you eat.

Chew your food well.

When you’re having a flare-up, use some gentle heat on your stomach.  In Chinese medicine, heat enhances flow and may help move things along.

Do whatever it takes to manage your stress.  Stress and emotional upsets play a huge role in this condition.  Acupuncture can be a big help here, but you can also meditate, visualize, take a yoga class, or go fishing—whatever works to calm your frazzled nerves.  Your stomach will thank you for it.


Find out more how acupuncture can help you or someone you know, give our office a call today! 609-601-2159

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Food for thought…