A research study* conducted in 2012 concluded that acupuncture was most effective in the treatment of bloating, medically known as dyspepsia. Dyspepsia involves disharmony with stomach and intestinal function. Symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain, an uncomfortable feeling of fullness after eating, nausea, belching and heartburn. This article will review the findings of the bloating acupuncture research study.
Dyspepsia is associated with GERD, gastritis and ulcers. Western medicine most often treats dyspepsia with PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), a class of drugs known for the treatment of heartburn. However, long term use of PPIs is discouraged, as it is linked to gastric cell atrophy, which can lead to cancer.
Bloating Acupuncture Research Study
The study had 712 participants. They were randomly put into 3 groups. Group 1 received specific acupuncture points to treat bloating. Group 2 received sham (fake) acupuncture, which used non-acupuncture points. Group 3 was given itopride, a Western medicine commonly used in the treatment of dyspepsia.
Patients received 5 acupuncture treatments a week for 4 weeks, totaling 20 treatments. They were then monitored for the next 12 weeks to see how they did.
Group 1, which received true acupuncture, had over a 70 percent success rate. Group 3, which received the medicine, improved 40 percent. The sham acupuncture group did the worse, improving 34 percent.
The researchers concluded, “Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of functional dyspepsia, and is superior to non-acupuncture. The benefit of acupuncture relies on acupoint specificity.”
This bloating acupuncture research study corresponds with our own experience. Bloating, stomach pain, IBS and GERD all respond positively to acupuncture. In addition, results are long lasting.
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*Randomized clinical trial: an assessment of acupuncture on specific meridian or specific acupoint vs. sham acupuncture for treating functional dyspepsia. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2012).
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