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Acupuncture Treatment For Lactose Intolerance

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Lactose intolerance is a condition in which people have symptoms due to the decreased ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk products. Those affected vary in the amount of lactose they can tolerate before symptoms develop.1

 

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SYMPTOMS

CAUSES

TREATMENTS

 

SYMPTOMS

 


Symptoms may include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gas, and nausea. These typically start between one half and two hours after drinking milk or eating milk products. Severity depends on the amount a person eats or drinks, and certainly to the amount a person can tolerate. Fortunately, this condition does not cause known damage to the gastrointestinal tract.2

 

CAUSES

 


Lactose intolerance is due to the lack of enzyme lactase in the small intestines to break lactose down into glucose and galactose. There are four types: primary, secondary, developmental, and congenital. Primary lactose intolerance is when the amount of lactase declines as people age. Secondary lactose intolerance is due to injury to the small intestine such as from infection, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or other diseases. Developmental lactose intolerance may occur in premature babies and usually improves over a short period of time. Congenital lactose intolerance is an extremely rare genetic disorder in which little or no lactase is made from birth.3

 

TREATMENTS

 


Related Acupuncture Points :

CV-12, CV-6, ST-36, PC-6, SP-4.4

Subjects with lactose intolerance usually have phlegm and damp accumulation. These subjects have low ability to digest food that come from milk. This is because of their weak stomach/spleen. Therefore, the acupuncture treatment aims to strengthen the weak organs. The treatment focuses on acupoints along the stomach and spleen meridian. However, the chosen acupoints very much depend on each patient’s condition. The needle that is inserted inside the acupoints, is usually employed to stimulate them even more using electro stimulation, achieving better results.5

 

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Footnotes

  1. Lactose intolerance – niddk.nih.gov – 2017, https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/lactose-intolerance
  2. Lactose Intolerance – pediatrics.aappublications.org – 2006, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/118/3/1279.long
  3. Lactose intolerance – mayoclinic.org – 2017, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lactose-intolerance/basics/causes/con-20027906
  4. Acupuncture for Lactose Intolerance – ancientartsacupuncture.com – 2017, http://ancientartsacupuncture.com/acupressure-for-lactose-intolerance/
  5. Acupuncture and Digestion – itmonline.org – 2005, http://www.itmonline.org/arts/dairy.htm