Dr. Michele Arnold Pirtle
As a doctor of Acupuncture Medicine for over 20 years, I am happy to share my experience, and research with you.
The CDC reports that In 2015, an estimated 1.3% of US adults (3 million) reported being diagnosed with IBD (either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis).1 This was a large increase from 1999 (0.9% or 2 million adults).
IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States according to The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders.2
From U.S. News, "The American College of Gastroenterology reports that "more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month and some studies have suggested that more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn symptoms each day." Simple heartburn becomes GERD when it happens two or more times per week...Up to 20% of the population may suffer from GERD."3
Today there is more and more knowledge about how gastrointestinal problems affect the whole body. There is a connection between our brain, mental health, skin, joints, hair, kidney health, liver disease, cardiovascular, respiratory, bone health, immune system, and cellular health such as cancer and tumor growth.
A message from Harvard Health discusses the gut-brain in connection with anxiety and depression.4
These connections were in fact always known in ancient Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. The digestive system is known as the Spleen-Pancreas Meridian. It includes the whole alimentary canal from the mouth to the anus. It is considered our center of health. When out of order it can affect other body systems.
In many cases when someone is seeing me in my clinic for acupuncture whether it is for a gastrointestinal issue, acne, psoriasis, eczema, arthritis, joint pain, muscle tension, anxiety, insomnia, or fibromyalgia, most often the focus in on the spleen and stomach channels. These give the best results.
As an acupuncturist I have helped so many people find balance, and achieve remission through dietary plans per their constitutional patterns.
Many people seek my care for pain relief, and are surprised that my specialty is digestive health.
I have found that combining the use of essential oils enhances results.
I am proud to offer you this program as a way for you to have every thing you need to know all in one place. You can learn about essential oils, and food healing methods that are easy to apply. I have made sure that you can find most foods in your local grocery market, and in your pantry.
Food should taste good, be easy to digest, and well-absorbed. My goal is for you to improve all of your necessary bodily functions so that you can eat, pee, poop, and sleep without difficulty.
To Your Health and Healing,
Dr. Michele Arnold Pirtle
Michele Arnold Pirtle is a doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (D.A.C.M.), California Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), and is a board certified diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from NCCAOM, and has earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology.
- Data and Statistics (cdc.gov)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IFFGD
- GERD: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment | US News
- The gut-brain connection - Harvard Health