Digestive Disorders Specialist

Ziyang Zhou, L.Ac. -  - Acupuncturist

Pine Mountain Chinese Acupuncture & Herb Clinic

Ziyang Zhou, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist located in Austin, TX

Dr. Zhou serves the Austin, Texas area as an acupuncturist and herbalist who specializes in aiding patients with a variety of conditions including digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Scroll down to read more.

Digestive Disorders

What Digestive Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture helps patients manage a variety of conditions that fall under the classification of a functional gastrointestinal disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome. Using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Dr. Zhou also successfully treats  gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), constipation, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and biliary disorders.

How Does it Work?

The needles are inserted at different pressure points throughout the body in order to correct the energy flow. Many of the digestive disorders that acupuncture treats require several medications, but acupuncture has the ability to relieve many of the symptoms the patient is experiencing, especially related to pain. The underlying reason why acupuncture may have the potential to ease a person's suffering is because it helps to relieve stress, which has a tendency to make many digestive disorders worse. When it realigns the flow of qi, it has the ability to revise acid secretion, relieve visceral pain and improve GI motility.

Where Are the Pressure Points for Digestive Disorders?

Inserting the needle into the lower limbs stimulates the occurrence of muscle contractions in the somatoparasympathetic pathway. The inner side of the foot is one of the main areas that helps to aid in digestion because it harmonizes energy flow in the stomach while reducing issues like stomach aches, nausea, and indigestion. When it's applied directly to the upper abdomen, muscle relaxation begins because of its effect on the somatosympathetic pathway. The arms and hands have several pressure points as well such as the webbing located in between the thumb and index finger, which has the potential to relieve diarrhea, abdominal pain, and constipation.

Insurance & Pricing

Our clinic participates in most major insurance programs and networks. However, insurance plans vary in coverage so acupuncture is not a guaranteed benefit, even when Dr. Ziyang Zhou is an in-network provider. Please call your insurance company to verify or our office can verify it for you. We are proud to now be covered by Veterans Affairs Patient Centered Community Care (VAPC3). See our "Before Your Visit" page in Patient Information for more information. Currently Medicare covers acupuncture for lower-back pain only when it is performed by medical doctors or in their offices. Licensed acupuncturists are not covered because we’re not in-network with Medicare. Without insurance coverage, we offer a discounted rate of $130 for the first treatment and $105 for each additional treatment. Or we offer a prepaid package of 5 treatments for $95 each for a total of $475 ($75 in savings).

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Coventry Health Care
First Health
Golden Rule
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
Multiplan PHCS
Veterans Affairs Patient Centered Community Care (VAPC3)