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gut brain disease

With all the media attention to leaky gut and micro biomes the last couple of years, we are pretty sure we are not the first to break it to you…Your gut health IS your health. If you’re wondering how that one part of your body governs it all, check out this fact: Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract begins at the mouth and ends at the anus and is approximately 30 feet long! Makes more sense now, doesn’t it?

Here’s a secret. Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have understood the importance of digestive health all along. Chinese medicine stresses the importance of preserving stomach-Qi as the most important treatment method, and Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system, believes that undigested and partially digested food lingers in the body, leading to the formation of “ama”, or toxins which cause disease in the body and mind.

Your Gut Is Your Second Brain

Scientists often refer to the lining of our gut as “the second brain” as it’s home to a complex and influential network of hundreds of millions of neurons. The GI tract is not only responsible for the digestive process but it’s also the core of our bodies immune system. The cells in the gut lining also produce 95% of the serotonin in our bodies, stimulating nerve-cell growth and alerting the immune system to germs. The rest of the serotonin occurs in the brain, where it regulates happiness and mood.

The gut and the brain are in constant contact with each other thanks to serotonin with chemical messages going back and forth between the brain and the gut. The result? When our body is in stress the brain sends warning messages to the stomach which results in stomach churning. When our gut is upset, it sends messages to our brain, which can negatively affect our moods before we even begin to feel symptoms.

So, what’s going on in our head can affect our gut! Our modern, stressed-out lifestyle may be our stomach’s biggest enemy. The over-scheduled hectic pace of our lives, which leads to our reliance on caffeine, sugar, and processed foods, can really upset our microbiome.

The Microbiome

Our bodies are mostly microbes — over 100 trillion of them outnumbering our human cells ten to one! The majority live in our gut, some of them do helpful things like breaking down carbohydrates in the intestine and producing infection-fighting antibodies and vitamins, while others acting as destructive bacteria secreting toxins and promoting disease.

In a healthy gut, the good bacteria far outnumber the bad but when the balance of the microbiome is disrupted signals are sent to the immune system to overreact causing inflammation, food sensitivities, and a myriad of symptoms both in the GI system and throughout the whole body.

With the understanding that digestive health can be the root cause for many health issues including mental health, a holistic approach is called for. Be in no doubt: with the right approach you can restore the GI tract to full health, and therefore build a stronger immune system and more balanced mental health.


Introducing Indigo Dragon’s 6-week Digestive System Reset Package. Combining Acupuncture and Ayurveda, this package will Reset, Repair, Rejuvenate and Re-educate you and your digestive health system.

Reset the digestive system with a nurturing Ayurvedic cleanse tailored to you

Repair with six weeks of acupuncture treatments with our Chinese medicine practitioners

Rejuvenate with foods, meditation, yoga and breath work videos

Re-education with two consultations with our Ayurvedic counselor on how to eat, exercise and live for your unique constitution in order to keep your digestive system healthy and balanced

Restore your health for just $785! Book your digestive health package online today and start living your life free from digestive discomfort.


“The experience I had at Indigo Dragon was amazing.  I am 41 years old and just recently diagnosed with Crohns Disease. Prior to my diagnosis I was experiencing severe abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, and fatigue. I was so sick I had moved back into my parent’s house so they could take care of me.
I met with Colette, the Ayurvedic counselor, and she recommended a six week program between herself and Jennifer, the Acupunturist. I asked her if she thought I would notice a difference in six weeks….she said, emphatically, yes. 
Finally someone was listening to my experiences with my personal symptoms. She pointed out my imbalances and what I could do to improve my health. There were new foods to try, allowing time for breathing exercises, and making sure I continue my artwork. Within five days I had less abdominal pain, less fatigue, and no vomiting! My parents noticed a difference immediately. 
It’s been three weeks now and I would say I’m back to my normal self. I have gained weight, am back at work, no longer sleeping all day, not vomiting….just feeling amazing! I have been shown the way to heal myself without any medications. And they are always there for me, promptly responding to my texts and emails. I am so grateful to Indigo Dragon. “

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