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Acupuncture and Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It can occur anywhere in the intestine, often in patches surrounded by healthy tissue, and can spread deeper into the tissues. Symptoms include chronic bloody or watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and loss of appetite. Symptoms tend to come and go, with the disease becoming active or going into remission several times during the person's lifetime.
Crohn's disease can cause intestinal obstructions, ulcers, fistulas, and anal fissures. In addition, people with Crohn's disease are at risk of malnutrition, because their intestine cannot absorb all the nutrients they need from their diet.
Crohn's develops mostly between the ages of 20 - 40, although children and older adults may also develop the condition. There is no cure for Crohn's disease. Medication and diets can help control the condition and sometimes bring about long-term remission. Some people with Crohn's disease will require surgery to remove part of the digestive tract at some point in their lives. However, surgery does not cure the disease.
Acupuncture has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat IBD. One study in Germany found that acupuncture and moxibustion were effective specifically for treating Crohn's disease. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials from a Chinese group indicated that Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy demonstrates better efficacy than oral sulphasalazine (SASP) in treating IBD. However, definitive conclusions regarding the exact efficacy of acupuncture and moxibustion treatment for IBD need further investigations. Double-blind RCTs with large sample sizes are needed to provide higher-quality evidence.
I treat people with IBS based on an individualized assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of Qi (energy) located in various meridians. Moxibustion is sometimes used because it is thought by some to reach deeper into the body than using needles alone.