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Can individuals dealing with gut inflammation find relief from acupuncture therapy to reduce associated pain symptoms like back pain?


When many start thinking about their health and well-being, they will notice the various factors negatively affecting their daily routine. Environmental factors or traumatic injuries can cause an impact on the person’s body, which then causes musculoskeletal issues as well as organ issues. One of the pain-like issues that many people seem to deal with is gut inflammation, and it can cause a cascading effect on the body and lead to referred pain in the upper and lower body portions. This can affect a person’s daily routine and cause overlapping risk profiles, leading to musculoskeletal conditions like back pain. At the same time, gut inflammation can be in acute or chronic stages and become an issue for people with pre-existing conditions. Luckily, numerous treatments reduce gut inflammation associated with back pain and provide a positive impact on individuals. Today’s article looks at the effect of gut inflammation on the body, how gut inflammation correlates with back pain, and how acupuncture therapy can help reduce gut inflammation. We talk with certified medical providers who consolidate our patients’ information to assess how gut inflammation is impacting their bodies and how it correlates with back pain. We also inform and guide patients on how acupuncture therapy can help reduce the inflammatory effects that are causing gut and back issues. We encourage our patients to ask their associated medical providers intricate and important questions about how their pain is causing issues to their bodies. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., includes this information as an academic service. Disclaimer.


The Effects Of Gut Inflammation On The Body

Do you feel extremely tired in the morning, even after a full night? Have you experienced any soreness or tenderness in your gut or different back portions? Or do you experience any muscle aches or joint stiffness throughout your lower back? When people are experiencing these inflammatory issues, it could be due to their gut system feeling these pain-like issues. The gut system is in a relationship with the central nervous system as it is part of the gut-brain axis and helps the autonomic system actively influence the immune system. This allows the musculoskeletal system to promote normal body function. When environmental factors or traumatic injuries start to negatively affect the gut-brain axis and cause the immune system to mass produce inflammatory cytokines and cortisol to cause musculoskeletal and gut issues. The inflammatory effects of the gut system cause impairments within the intestinal barrier function and the translocation of the gut microbes and even promote the hyper-activation of the mucosal immune system to produce pro-inflammatory cytokines that fuel gut inflammation. (Amoroso et al., 2020) When that happens, it can have a major impact on the immune system, and where the gut microbiota can be triggered by environmental factors like metabolic syndrome, obesity, and type-2 diabetes, which has detrimental consequences for the human body. (Scheithauer et al., 2020) What this does to the body is that gut inflammation can affect the immune system, vital organs, and the musculoskeletal system. 


Gut Inflammation Correlates With Back Pain


So, back pain usually follows when many individuals have gut issues associated with environmental factors. When the intestinal permeability in the gut starts to deal with inflammation, all the bacteria and the cytokines from the immune system will rapidly produce and travel their way to the various muscles, tissues, and ligaments that start to be affected. Since back pain is a common musculoskeletal condition many people endure, gut inflammation can also be present. Since the bacterial microbes and inflammatory cytokines are reaching the spine’s back muscles and skeletal structures, they can start causing degenerative issues, leading to back pain. The skeletal structure of the spine has facet joints, spinal discs, and bones that protect the spinal cord and can also be affected by gut inflammation. The blood-disc barrier within the spine protects the spinal disc from inflammatory effects that may invoke musculoskeletal issues. However, when the bacterial microbes from the gut start to attach and break down the blood-disc barrier, they can rapidly multiply since the immune system surveillance is unavailable, causing low oxygen levels to degenerate the spinal discs and causing back pain issues. (Ratna et al., 2023) At the same time, environmental factors also play an issue in the development of back pain associated with gut inflammation. Luckily, numerous treatments can help not only reduce gut inflammation but also provide pain relief to back pain.

Fighting Inflammation Naturally- Video

Have you been dealing with various mood changes affecting your daily routine? Do you feel constantly sluggish or tired throughout the day? Or do you feel aches and pains in your mid-section and lower back? Many people experiencing these pain-like issues in their bodies are dealing with gut inflammation that is affecting their backs. When environmental factors start to cause an overproduction of bacterial microbes in the intestinal permeability, the inflammatory cytokines begin to induce inflammation in the musculoskeletal system. This can lead to the development of back pain and cause issues to the body when it is not treated right away. This is where various treatments help reduce the inflammatory effects of the gut system and help reduce numerous issues it has caused. Many treatments are non-surgical and customizable to individuals dealing with gut inflammation associated with back pain. The video above shows how non-surgical treatments can help reduce inflammation naturally and benefit many people dealing with gut inflammation.

Acupuncture Reducing Gut Inflammation


Various non-surgical treatments can range from traction therapy to chiropractic care, depending on the pain severity and environmental factors causing the issue. For gut inflammation, many individuals might try acupuncture, one of the oldest forms of non-surgical treatment that can help reduce inflammatory cytokines. Acupuncture originates from China and is used by highly trained medical professionals who use fine, solid, thin needles to be placed on various body acupoints to restore body energy. Acupuncture can also serve as a multifaceted regulatory therapy that involves multiple therapeutic mechanisms to regulate the HPA axis and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines levels. (Landgraaf et al., 2023) At the same time, acupuncture can help recover gastrointestinal dysfunction from various gut disorders by blocking the brain’s neuron signals that are causing inflammatory responses to the gut and musculoskeletal system. (Jang et al., 2020). Acupuncture can also be combined with other non-surgical therapies to help improve body functionality, as acupuncturists find the acupoints within the body to regulate the intestinal microbiota and inflammation, thus regulating the central nervous system function to enhance a person’s quality of life. (Bao et al., 2022) By incorporating acupuncture as part of a person’s health and well-being, many people can make small changes in their daily routine to reduce gut inflammation from overproducing and prevent their associated comorbidities from returning.



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Bao, C., Wu, L., Wang, D., Chen, L., Jin, X., Shi, Y., Li, G., Zhang, J., Zeng, X., Chen, J., Liu, H., & Wu, H. (2022). Acupuncture improves the symptoms, intestinal microbiota, and inflammation of patients with mild to moderate Crohn’s disease: A randomized controlled trial. EClinicalMedicine, 45, 101300. doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101300

Jang, J. H., Yeom, M. J., Ahn, S., Oh, J. Y., Ji, S., Kim, T. H., & Park, H. J. (2020). Acupuncture inhibits neuroinflammation and gut microbial dysbiosis in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease. Brain Behav Immun, 89, 641-655. doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2020.08.015

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