Acupuncture for functional gastrointestinal disorders

  title={Acupuncture for functional gastrointestinal disorders},
  author={Toku Takahashi},
  journal={Journal of Gastroenterology},
Functional gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are common in the general population. Especially, motor dysfunction of the GI tract and visceral hypersensitivity are important. Acupuncture has been used to treat GI symptoms in China for thousands of years. It is conceivable that acupuncture may be effective in patients with functional GI disorders because it has been shown to alter acid secretion, GI motility, and visceral pain. Acupuncture at the lower limbs (ST-36) causes muscle contractions via… CONTINUE READING