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Who We Help

IBS & IBD

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with many different modalities. At The Medicine Tree, we encourage and support our patients by taking a comprehensive, highly individualized and proactive approach to wellness through acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutritional and lifestyle changes.


Although IBS and IBD are distinct disorders, they are often characterized by similar symptoms, and one can be afflicted with one or both of these conditions. IBD is classified as a disease and usually refers to inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis, while IBS is classified as a syndrome, or a set of symptoms. According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, IBS is the most commonly diagnosed disorder diagnosed by gastroenterologists, and there is still no known cause. One study spanning several decades indicates that

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sufferers of IBS in the UK and the US miss an average 8.5 - 21.6 days of work per year

Digestive disturbances like IBD and IBS are associated with physical symptoms including, but not limited to:

  • Chronic or recurrent abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea and/or constipation

  • Abdominal swelling

  • Acid reflux

  • Bloody stools

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Weight loss

Whether you are in the beginning of your journey in reclaiming a healthy relationship with food and digestion, or you have been struggling for years to overcome digestive issues, we can help. Acupuncture has been proven effective at treating a wide range of digestive woes like IBD and IBS and the often debilitating symptoms of such conditions.

Acupuncture and properly prescribed, responsibly sourced Chinese herbs treat digestive disturbance by:

 

  • Increasing communication along the vagus nerve, which is responsible for regulation of internal organ functions

  • Decreasing excitatory response in the body

  • Reducing stress, a major factor in digestive issues

  • Improving sleep, which is linked to a healthy immune response

  • Reducing inflammation

  • assessing diet and nutrient deficiencies with comprehensive lab work and individualized nutrition counseling and care plans

Traditional Chinese medicine seeks to treat the individual and the root cause, not just the disease, by offering a holistic (whole body) approach that seeks to correct imbalance in the mind, body and spirit. We are here to help you quit chasing symptoms and create lasting lifestyle changes and a better picture of health. We do so by designing highly individualized, evolving, and most importantly, manageable care plans that align with your personal goals and lifestyle. Treatments look different for every single patient at The Medicine Tree, as each person is a unique manifestation of their human experience and deserves to be treated as such.

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Ailments We Treat

Addiction

  • Smoking cessation

  • Drug or alcohol addiction

Autoimmune / Immune System

  • Lupus

  • HIV / AIDS

  • Allergies

  • Systemic inflammation

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • MS

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Anklyosing spondylitis

Circulatory

  • Hypertension

  • Angina pectorals

  • Arteriosclerosis / cholesterol

  • Hypoxemia

  • Palpitations

Dermatological

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Acne

  • Dermatitis

  • Aging (wrinkles, age spots, dullness, dark circles, pufffiness)

  • Rash

ENT

  • Sinusitis

  • Tinnitus

  • Vision issues

  • Sore throat

  • Common colds

  • Hay fever

  • Epistaxis

Gastrointestinal

  • IBS

  • Crohns

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Ulcers

  • Gastritis

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Hemorrhoids

  • GERD

  • Reflux

  • Food sensitivities

  • Malabsorption

  • SIBO

  • Candida

​Genitourinary

  • Bladder infections

  • Bladder prolapse

  • Frequent urination

  • Prostate issues

  • Shy bladder

  • Painful urination

Gynocological

  • PMS

  • Painful periods

  • PCOS

  • Endometriosis

  • Menopause

  • Irregular cycles

  • Infertility

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Menstrual clots

Metabolism

  • Hyper / hypothyroid

  • Weight regulation

  • Fatigue

  • MTHFR

​Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Chronic stress

  • PTSD

  • ADD / ADHD

Musculoskeletal

  • Low back pain

  • General chronic pain

  • Sciatica

  • Tennis elbow

  • Arthritis

  • Neck tension

  • frozen shoulder

  • Tendinitis

  • Sprains

  • Muscle spasms

  • Bulging discs

Neurological

  • Migraine

  • Epilepsy / seizure disorders

  • Chronic headaches

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Parkinson's

  • MS

  • Lyme disease

  • Bells Palsy

  • Effects of Stroke

Pregnancy

  • Morning sickness

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Back pain

  • Swelling

  • Breech baby

  • Common cold care

  • Depression

  • Headaches

Respiratory

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Pneumonia

  • Common colds

  • Flu

  • Rhinitis

  • Chronic cough

  • Sinusitis

  • Lung Disease

  • Hypoxemia

Sexual Issues

  • Low libido

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Vaginismus

  • Premature ejaculation