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Digestive Disorders

Learn about how you can finally get relief from digestive disorders! Our alternative therapy provides relief for over 90% of our patients suffering from digestive disorders with their very first treatment.

Digestive-Disorder

What causes digestive disorders?

The underlying cause of of digestive disorders are generally the same. A weak digestive system is caused by poor eating habits (eating too quickly, skipping meals, eating late at night, overeating, eating too many rich or spicy foods, eating when you are stressed or angry, or not eating enough). In addition, constantly drinking cold or iced drinks can harm the digestive power of the stomach. Stress, worry, and overthinking are the main emotional components that greatly weaken the digestive system.

What are the risk factors?

Family history – if a family member has a digestive disorder, other family members have
increased risk for digestive disorders
Stress – difficulty managing stress may increase risk of developing a digestive disorder
Diet – foods that irritate the digestive system such as high fat diet, high dairy diet, low fiber diet, and spicy foods
Medications – overuse of laxatives (which weaken the bowel muscles), antacids containing
calcium and aluminum (which decrease the acid secretion of the stomach), use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve), strong narcotics (such as Vicodin or Norco), and iron pills may increase risk for digestive disorders
Exercise – lack of regular exercise may increase risk for digestive disorders
Changes in bowel movements – resisting the urge to have bowel movements or any significant changes in bowel routines may increase risk for digestive disorders
Injuries/Infections – any trauma or infections can increase risk of digestive disorder
Lifestyle – smoking, alcohol, drug abuse can lead to digestive disorders

Symptoms

The symptoms of digestive disorders depend on the problem or condition. Generally these symptoms are associated with dietary problems. Common symptoms are acid reflux and heartburn that is difficult to relieve, bloating, constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, relentless abdominal pain, and abnormal changes in bowel habits.

Solutions for digestive disorders

In Western medicine, those with digestive disorders are almost always prophylactically prescribed with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Pepcid, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, and Nexium. These medications serve to block acid production in the stomach, thereby inhibiting acid secretion. The fallacy of this approach is that our stomachs are intended to be acidic in order to aid in proper digestion. In addition, recent studies now show that short and long term use of PPI’s have been linked to osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures, although the pathogenesis of this is unclear.

In Chinese medicine, the stomach and spleen (or pancreas in Western medicine) are the main organs that aid digestion. The stomach secretes acid and churns food while the pancreas secretes digestive enzymes to further break down food. The risk factors listed above as well as poor eating practices all lead to increased phlegm and mucus, and blockages in circulation of the stomach and spleen, which actually decreases acid and enzyme secretion, weakening the digestive process.  The key to treating digestive disorders is to first clear the build up of phlegm/mucus and restore circulation and function to these organs. We then strengthen the digestive system by educating on proper diet modifications and appropriate digestive herbs and/or supplements specific to each person.

In general, a healthy diet will help improve digestion. Your diet should be filled with high-fiber superfoods and antioxidants (i.e. greens such as kale, spinach, celery, berries, nuts), high in poly and monounsaturated fats (i.e. eggs, fish, nuts, avocados), probiotics (i.e. fermented foods), and enzymes (from fresh juice like carrot, apple, ginger).

How do I find out more about relief from digestive disorders?

Call East West Wellness Medical Center at (714) 556-8664 or click here to schedule an appointment. Our practice uses an integrative approach, combining Eastern and Western medicine to provide relief from digestive disorders without the use of drugs and surgeries. Dr. Tong not only treats digestive disorders, but he improves your overall health.

What people say about Dr Tong’s digestive disorder treatments

“I must be honest and tell you that you were my last resort.  After suffering with Crohn’s Disease for the last several years, my next step was surgery.  I had a fear of waking up to a colostomy and at the age of 31, I didn’t think I could handle that.

To avoid the surgery, I tried an alternative therapy at a hospital in Mexico. The therapy included a very strict vegetarian diet, coffee enemas, fresh hourly juices, and countless pills. The therapy helped. I felt better, but I had no quality of life because I was a prisoner of my own home.

My brother, a patient of yours, finally talked me into coming to see you. I couldn’t believe it!  After just 3 visits, I was able to eat regular food.  My stomach pain is gone!  I did have a fear of acupuncture. Now, I can’t wait for my next visit! I still eat healthy foods and drink fresh juices but now I get to choose my meals.

Thank you so much for giving me back my life!”

Kenna S.

Disclaimer: We make no guarantees of any kind. Results may vary from person to person. Not every patient or every case can be cured, and this website is not intended to replace the direct management of an illness by a caregiver. Please consult a qualified practitioner regarding therapeutic options.

Note: Most of our patients have exhausted other therapies for years, or even decades, but were able to get dramatic relief with their very first NBE treatment!