Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

   Home      Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the lining of the large intestine, or colon. It usually affects the lower section (sigmoid colon) and the rectum. The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Patients also may experience

  • anemia
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • rectal bleeding
  • loss of body fluids and nutrients
  • skin lesions
  • joint pain

The goal of medical treatment is to reduce the inflammation that triggers your signs and symptoms. Ulcerative colitis treatment usually involves either drug therapy or surgery. The following drugs may be used.

  • Aminosalicylates
  • Corticosteroids
  • Immunomodulators

Sometimes the doctor may recommend removing the colon if medical treatment fails or if the side effects of corticosteroids or other drugs threaten the patient’s health.

Chinese medicine views the body as a network of interconnected organs and channels. The channels transport Qi and other substances through the body. When the Qi is sufficient and moves freely, there is health and wellness. Diseases occur when there is an imbalance in the body. In traditional Chinese medicine the disease is usually called "dysentery," "damp-heat dysentery" or "bloody stool", and is thought to be caused by internal stasis of dampness and heart. The pathologic changes in which damp and heat pathogens stay deeply in the body. To pinpoint the specific imbalance causing the disease, the acupuncturist feels the pulse, looks at the tongue, and asks your questions. Each patient will be treated as an individual. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can correct the specific imbalance and treat the root cause of the illness (not just simply symptom relief). Acupuncture and Chinese herbs provide a safe, effective and natural whole body approach. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact us.

Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA