Alternative Medicine/gastritis? bloating


I was able to clear up a lot of musculo-skeletal issues with my acupunctureist, that my doctor and physical therapist could not, so I am a believer in alternative therapies. My digestive issues are a different story.
I suffer from a slow metabolism, although my TSH levels are good, and if I have to eat like a bird or I gain weight. The main issue for me is all the weight goes to my belly, and it is not so much weight as 'gas'. There is no weight gain. I don't drink any more alcohol than average, but on the occasions when I eat out and have a few drinks, my belly is so distended that for days I look like I am pregnant and have to let my belt out.
Both my doctor and acupuncturist think I eat and drink way more than I say, which frustrates me. They say its not IBS, just central obesity and gastritis. I do have a family history of diabetes, maybe that's why carbs and sugars bloat me up? I have been like this all my life however-even as a skinny kid with a big belly.
I am thinking of seeing a new acupuncturist, one more sympathetic, or some other type of alternative practitioner?
Your thoughts appreciated!

While acupuncture may be helpful, I think you should visit a Naturopath or Functional Medicine practitioner.  I have very good success with IBS using my program that involves some lab tests, diet changes, and a few supplements.  You can contact our office for a distance consult, or you can search for a specialist in your area.  is my clinic, or read some of my blog posts on this topic at

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Dr. Noah Edvalson


As a chiropractor trained at an evidence-based college, I am qualified to answer any musculoskeletal question. This includes questions related to nerves, joints, ligaments, intervertebral discs, tendons, muscles, fascia, etc… In addition, I have further certifications in acupuncture and functional medicine (also known as functional nutrition). This extra training will help me answer concerns about chronic, auto-immune, and degenerative conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Allergies, Asthma, Migraines, and much more. I am not currently the best source for emergency medicine questions or those relating to prescription drug treatments for overt pathologies.


Current owner of Boise Integrated Chiropractic PLLC

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Graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College. I am a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. I have also completed several courses on Functional nutrition and sports medicine. In addition, I am currently working toward a Naturopathic degree.

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Valedictorian - Western States Chiropractic College Outstanding Graduate - Western States Chiropractic College Clinical Excellence Award - Western States Chiropractic College

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We see a wide variety of patients from all over Idaho. Many of our patients were injured playing sports, working, or in an auto accident. In addition, I treat many patients that haven't had results with their chronic conditions in other places. These patients present with a multitude of complaints - reflux, chronic halitosis, chronic constipation, fatigue, weight gain, and more. I use natural and proven therapies by treating each patient individually and by offering customized lifestyle, diet, and supplement plans.

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