Digestive Health Exam

Digestive Health Exam


Hi everybody! My name is Zen and I am an acupuncturist and founder here at Healing with Zen in Pasadena. Today we’re going to be showing you a quick exam that we do to evaluate our patient’s overall digestive health. I’m going to be palpating three points today. So let’s get started. The first point we’re going to locate is going to be at the rib area. You’re going to look up towards the xiphoid process which is basically in between the two rib cages if you look right on the top here. I’m just gonna move a little bit to the left side maybe about half an inch to an inch. I’m gonna press in there. Now I’m going to ask the patient if that is painful? Usually if there’s an issue the patient might be like “ouch'” and scream and jump off the table. Now this point is indicating the hydrochloric acid productivity in your body. Your stomach is the most acidic part of your entire digestive tract and it’s because it produces hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid pumps out when you eat food. It’s especially beneficial when you are digesting your proteins. Due to stress, or lifestyle or it could just be diet related, your stomach may stop producing enough hydrochloric acid to break down foods when you eat it. Anytime somebody tells me they have acid reflux I always start by palpating this point to see how they’re doing. The second point is going to mirror the hydrochloric acid point. Once again we’re going up to the xiphoid process but we’re going to go down an inch to the right side. I’m gonna press in there. This point is the digestive enzyme reflex point. Your digestive tract produces a lot of digestive enzymes that help you break down all the other things that you’re eating. Carbohydrates, fats and whatnot. If your body’s not producing enough digestive enzymes you won’t be able to digest your food as well as you could be, meaning this could result in loose stools or gas or bloating. The last and third point is the bile reflux point. It is located essentially where the gall bladder is. You’re going to go on the right side where the ribcage is. I’m gonna go on the bottom of the ribcage. I’m gonna have the patient take a deep breath in and when they exhale I’m gonna press deeply into the rib and kind of move around there. If the patient is tender in that area it means that the bile flow is not very smooth. Bile is produced in the liver and stored in the gall bladder. When you eat fatty foods like meat or fat or dairy/cheese products the bile shoots out to break it down and to digest it. If somebody is having issues with the bile flow it can result long term with gall stones and with other issues. So it is important that you flush it out correctly and have the proper movement in that area. This was just one exam that we do at Healing with Zen of many. If you have any digestive issues come in and see us. We would love to get you started with an acupuncture plan. Join us next time for our next video in regards to our favorite Chinese herbs we use for digestion. Till then be happy and be well!

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