IBD: Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) is a common digestive disorder

Irritable Bowel Disease aka IBD. Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis fit in this category. Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for symptoms experienced in IBD and similar diseases.

IBD: Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Definition:

  Treatment options for crohn's and IBD     Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. IBD is a broad category and includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both conditions can be debilitating, affecting quality of life, and can lead to severe complications.

IBD: Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Causes:

Irritable Bowel Disease causes:

  • unknown
  • underlying secondary medical condition
  • food allergies causing leaky gut
  • autoimmune

IBD: Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms:

Symptoms may include:

  • Both Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis include: severe diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss.
  • reduced appetite
  • blood in stool

IBD: Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Treatments:

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for symptoms experienced in Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease. Acupuncture can help decrease associated symptoms such as mouth sores, joint pain/inflammation, digestive issues (diarrhea or constipation), and help to reduce flares.

How can we help?

At Starting Point, we specialize in the management and treatment of digestive issues. What makes us different is our holistic approach to care and finding WHY you developed the problem in the first place, in addition to calming and treating symptoms. We offer many effective treatments including natural pain relief injections, food allergy testing, acu-point injections, acupuncture, cupping, and nutrition therapy.

To schedule an appointment please give our office a call at (425) 686-4498.

We also offer many online Talks with the Doc health classes as a starting point to supplement the care you get in our office. Check out our current talks on digestive health:

The Food Allergy Formula: Healthy Digestion


Dr. Ellie’s Book: Starting Point Guide to Healthy Digestion


Healthy Digestion Bothell

Check out our online Talk with the Doc- Healthy Digestion Kickstart Class!


Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She is a pain specialist, seeing people who suffer from chronic pain, migraines, as well as digestive issues. Offering pain relief injections, acupuncture, and nutrition consults. Most insurances accepted. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free on Amazon. As the director of the nonprofit, The Pain Relief Project, she also offers sliding scale, low-cost care for those on Medicare or uninsured.