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 from moving back into the small intestine.  When this valve is unable to close and waste material moves in the wrong direction, you can think of it as the kitchen sink drain backing up.  If this waste material backs up into the small intestine, the body will absorb unhealthy toxins, which wreaks havoc on the entire system.  


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 diagnose it, and it’s treated very effectively with acupuncture. 


Foods that should be temporarily eliminated when treating ICV syndrome are alcohol, spicy foods, stimulants such as coffee, alcohol, 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 visiting an acupuncturist who is well trained in diagnosing and fixing the ileocecal valve.  It might just be the solution to your problems.



Eric Carpenter, Licensed Acupuncturist