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Certain studies suggest that over a million people in the United States suffer from Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis. A person who has these diseases will suffer from frequent diarrhea which is accompanied with pain and urgency. Apart from that, a person will also have intestinal bleeding and bloody stools, cramping and abdominal pain. However, people with these diseases need not feel desperate because there is help available. Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been used in the treatment of Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis for a very long period of years, some 2000 years.

About Chinese medicine

Chinese medicine sees the body slightly different, it sees the body as a network of organs and channels which are connected in some way. The channels are important for the transport and flow of qi and various other substances through the body. Qi is what the Chinese call the energy of a person. According to the Chinese medicine a person will remain healthy and well as long as there is enough qi and it moves freely through the body. When some sort of imbalance occurs a person is most likely to become a patient of some disease. In such a case, through a proper diet and acupuncture a person will overcome the disease and become healthy again.

In order to find out what is causing the imbalance, the acupuncturist will look at a person's tongue, feel his or her pulse and ask various questions about some problems a person may be experiencing like pain, blood and bowel movement. Some of the most common causes of Crohn's and colitis are heat, dampness, stagnation and vacuity of the qi.

The symptoms will determine the prescribed acupuncture. The treatment will be different depending on whether the patient is in an exacerbation or remission. In most cases the acupuncture is used to treat pain, diarrhea and bleeding. In some cases moxibustion may be used. This is a process of burning a herb near the skin to warm a specific acupuncture point. Usually, the treatment will consist of six to ten acupuncture sessions once or twice during a period of seven days.

Modern research

Even modern researches agree that acupuncture is an effective way to treat Crohn's disease. A person who undergoes an acupuncture treatment will better the state of the disease but he or she will also better the quality of life and general health.

Dietary recommendations

Apart from the acupuncture, the Chinese pay a lot of attention to the diet when treating these two diseases. A proper diet consist of easily digested carbohydrates, moderate amount of protein and cooked vegetables. The key is not to irritate the intestines. White rice is also good in this case.

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