Digestive Conditions

Digestive Conditions

The digestive system consists of the ‘alimentary canal’ and associated organs: liver, gall-bladder, pancreas. Controlled by a sophisticated nervous network, it takes care of the breakdown of food and absorption of nutrients.

In such a complex system it’s no wonder that sometimes things go wrong. Simple complaints include indigestion, heartburn or reflux, wind and bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. Most of these can be easily addressed by making simple dietary changes; dietary advice forms part of most complementary therapists’ work. Many people think they are suffering from food allergies – food intolerances are more common and relatively easy to detect with simple, short, restriction diets (it’s not a good idea to restrict your diet for lengthy periods without expert supervision).

More complex and sometimes serious disorders include things like inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), peptic/gastric ulcer, diverticular disease and diverticulitis or rarely bowel cancer. Conditions such as gall-stones, cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall-bladder), pancreatitis, and diabetes also have an impact on digestive function.

Any problem which does not quickly resolve, or causes severe pain or bleeding from mouth or back passage, should be quickly and expertly investigated. Qualified complementary therapists know when it’s necessary to refer you to a doctor.

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Digestive Conditions