In Oriental Medicine your digestion is the engine of your body and drives all the other functions. Digestive issues have many causes, but most solutions are related to managing stress and lifestyle. Lifestyle refers to all of the aspects of your daily activities, your diet – what and how much food you eat and your eating habits, the amount and type of exercise and relaxation you get, your mental state and even your living, working and traveling conditions. Today most lifestyles include stress, being sedentary, toxic environments, addictive refined and artificial foods and large food quantities. These are responsible for many of the digestive issues and much of the weight gain. Over time, these forces overburden our organ systems and digestive tract. This can be reversed sometimes with simple diet and lifestyle changes, and if needed intervention with herbal medicines and acupuncture. Most dysfunctions can be treated relatively quickly, but chronic conditions of course take some time to improve.