Did you know that digestive stress can cause a whole host of health problems, such as shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness, lower back pain and bad breath? Did you also know that one small part of the digestive tract can be the main culprit?
The ileocecal valve is located between the ilium (the last part of the small intestine) and the cecum (the first part of the large intestine) and allows digested food to pass from the small intestine into the large intestine. It is a one-way valve that opens only to permit substances to pass from the small intestine into the large intestine. It closes to prevent waste material from the large intestine moving back into the small intestine. When this valve is unable to close and that waste moves in the wrong direction, it will enter the small intestine. The body will then absorb unhealthy toxins, wreaking havoc on the entire system. You can think of it as the kitchen sink drain backing up.
This health syndrome can be caused by poor diet, dehydration, emotional imbalance, toxic exposure and physical traumas. Healthcare practitioners often overlook it, but it can be easily fixed. Some simple muscle testing procedures can detect it, and it's treated very effectively with acupuncture.
Foods that should be temporarily eliminated when treating ileocecal valve syndrome are alcohol, spicy foods, stimulants such as coffee and chocolate, and roughage foods like popcorn and seeds.
If you are experiencing unexplained health issues and haven't found answers to your problems, consider coming into our office so we can assess the status of your intestinal system and treat it naturally. The results will make you feel so much better!