Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Bringing Wisdom of Ancient China to US for Pain Management
  Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic gastrointestinal inflammatory disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, but is most common in the ileum and colon. Signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease can range from mild to severe and may develop gradually or come on suddenly, without warning. When the disease is active, signs and symptoms may include:

Abdominal pain and cramping
Blood in your stool
Reduced appetite and weight loss

Medications for Crohn's patients may include:

Antidiarrheal drugs
Salicylate drugs
Immunosuppressive drugs

Surgery - may become necessary if Crohn's disease is complicated with frequent intestinal obstruction or abscesses and fistulas. Unfortunately, Crohn's is known to recur after surgery so other treatments should be tried first. Drugs simply treat the symptoms but do not treat the underlying cause. What this means to Crohn's patients, is taking a drug, which frequently comes with side effects.

According to TCM, Crohn's disease may be caused by constitutional deficiencies, invasion of exterior pathogenic factors, and/or an unbalanced diet. TCM uses Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture to treat the root cause of the illness (not just simply symptom relief). Using a combination of both modalities is the most effective way of treating Crohn's disease. Each patient will be treated as an individual. Optimal results will be obtained with both Chinese herbs and acupuncture when specific treatments are customized for each patient. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact us.
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