The Gut-Brain Connection

gutMany people suffer from digestive issues such as IBS, heartburn, constipation, and gas. Studies have shown there is a strong link between the mind and the gut and how they can affect each other. Ever experience “butterflies in the stomach” when you were excited or a “pit in the stomach” when you were nervous? Those are examples of how the mind and the digestive tract are linked. Chinese Medicine has always recognized this link and even breaks it down into specifics.

Chinese Medicine figured out over 3000 years ago, that the body’s organs have energetic connections in several different ways. Each organ is paired with another organ, and together they have a certain connection to different emotions. For instance, the stomach and spleen are paired together and are linked with the emotion of overthinking. This explains why people who are overthinkers will often have ulcers or heartburn. Their mind is always churning on something, and it causes a reaction in the digestive system.

Another example is the large intestine and lung are energetically paired together and the emotion that they resonate with is grief/sadness. People who suffer from depression have a low mental state, which in turn can cause the digestive system to be downtrodden, resulting in a sluggish metabolism, constipation, or a low appetite.

Unfortunately, some people with digestive disorders don’t realize that their mental state could also be a type of “digestive issue.” For instance, if someone is not getting enough fiber in their diet, they may become constipated. This in turn could cause the person to feel mentally unfocused or even sad. Have you ever felt sad but you didn’t really know why? Next time that happens evaluate your digestive system!

Acupuncture can help balance the mind and digestive tract. When the body is tense, it can cause the mind to be tense and vice versa. People who suffer from IBS know all too well that when they are feeling emotional or stressed, they can easily have a flare-up. Acupuncture helps relax the mind and body, which in turn, means a healthier and happier patient!

By: Graham Jackette

Posted in: Fitness, Health & Wellness

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