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Acupuncture and herbal medicine are components of Chinese medicine- a complete medical system that has been in practice for thousands of years, successfully treating a multitude of health concerns and illnesses. At North End Acupuncture, our talented team of practitioners have extensive experience treating a wide variety of complex health conditions, and are eager to assist our patients in improving their health and vitality.

The following is a list of common conditions that we treat regularly, however this list is not exhaustive. If you do not see your health concern listed, please contact the office for a consultation to see how Chinese medicine may address your individual health needs.

Upper GI Disorders

Acid Reflux

Gallstones

Gas/Indigestion

Gastritis

Gastroparesis

GERD

Morning Sickness

Nausea

Peptic/Gastric Ulcer

Lower GI Disorders

Chron’s Disease

Constipation

Diarrhea

Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis

Gas/Indigestion

Hemorrhoids

IBS

Leaky Gut Syndrome (see below)

Ulcerative Colitis

Skin Disorders

Acne

Athlete’s Foot

Burns

Eczema

Hives

Itchiness

Psoriasis

Scars

Wrinkles

Women’s Health – OB/GYN

Amenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea

Endometriosis

Female Infertility

Fibroids

Menopause

Menorrhagia (heavy periods)

Metrorrhagia (irregular periods)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (POCS)

Post-Pregnancy Recovery

Premenstrual Syndrome

Men’s Health

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Erectile Dysfunction

Low Libido

Male Infertility

  • Low Sperm Count

  • Low Sperm Motility

  • Poor Morphology

Premature Ejaculation

Prostatitis

Spermatorrhea

Genito-Urinary

Cystitis

Kidney Stones

Incontinence

Nocturia

Urinary Dribbling

Urinary Frequency 

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Urgency

Upper/Lower Respiratory

Allergies

Asthma

Bronchitis

Common Cold

Cystic Fibrosis

Pneumonia

Rhinitis

Sinusitis

Sleep Apnea

Tonsillitis

Neurological Disorders

Bell’s Palsy

Cognitive Function Deficiencies

Headaches/Migraines

Meniere’s Disease

Motor Function Deficiencies

Multiple Sclerosis

Peripheral Neuropathy

Shingles

Stroke Recovery

Tinnitus

Vertigo

Musculo-Skeletal

Acute/Chronic Pain

Back Pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Frozen Shoulder

Jaw Pain/TMJ

Knee Pain

Neck Pain

Osteoarthritis

Plantar Fasciitis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sciatica

Spinal Stenosis

Sport Injuries

Surgery Recovery

Mental/Emotional Issues

ADD/ADHD

Anxiety

Depression

Insomnia

PTSD

Stress

Cardiovascular System

Angina

Cold Extremities

High Cholesterol

Hypertension

Poor Circulation

Tachycardia

General

Addiction/Detox

Anti-Aging

Immune Function

Longevity

Low Energy

Mental Clarity

Leaky Gut Syndrome

“All Disease Begins in the Gut” – Hippocrates

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS)

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a rapidly growing condition that has become a major health concern in our modern society. Leaky Gut sounds like a condition that may only affect the digestive system, but in reality, it is a disorder that can and does have profound systemic effects, resulting in countless health complaints. In fact, around 50% of Philip’s patients dealing with chronic health issues have Leaky Gut confirmed through laboratory testing. 

Leaky Guy Syndrom (LGS)
Leaky Guy Syndrom (LGS)

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a term used to describe a host of disorders that stem from a small intestine that has become overly porous. To understand the pathology and treatment of Leaky Gut, it is important to first have a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the disorder from a western medical perspective.

The small intestine is the area of the digestive system where nutrients are absorbed after they have been sufficiently broken down in the stomach. The epithelium, or inner layer of the small intestine, has tightly packed cells creating tiny cell junctions. This allows for a selectively permeable barrier designed to permit only specific nutrients to cross and enter into the bloodstream.

In Leaky Gut Syndrome, the epithelium of the small intestine becomes inflamed and irritated allowing bacteria, fungi/yeasts, metabolic waste, microbial toxins, undigested food, hormones, etc. to seep into circulation creating a cascade of systemic damage to the body.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a term used to describe a host of disorders that stem from a small intestine that has become overly porous. To understand the pathology and treatment of Leaky Gut, it is important to first have a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the disorder from a western medical perspective.

The small intestine is the area of the digestive system where nutrients are absorbed after they have been sufficiently broken down in the stomach. The epithelium, or inner layer of the small intestine, has tightly packed cells creating tiny cell junctions. This allows for a selectively permeable barrier designed to permit only specific nutrients to cross and enter into the bloodstream.

In Leaky Gut Syndrome, the epithelium of the small intestine becomes inflamed and irritated allowing bacteria, fungi/yeasts, metabolic waste, microbial toxins, undigested food, hormones, etc. to seep into circulation creating a cascade of systemic damage to the body.

Leaky Guy Syndrom (LGS)

What Causes Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut is initiated primarily through the use of certain medications, namely antibiotics. Significant secondary causes are non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), immunizations, environmental toxins, food additives, alcohol and candida, with diet and lifestyle playing a strong role as well.

There are trillions more bacteria than native human cells living in and on your body; a ratio of about 10:1. These bacteria create a delicate ecosystem allowing countless symbiotic relationships within every system in your body. Antibiotics directly disrupt this ecosystem, creating countless undesired effects.

Initially, while destroying pathogenic bacteria, antibiotics also destroy beneficial bacteria. This leads to alkalization of the digestive tract and dysbiosis- an imbalance of the indigenous microflora in the body. Beneficial bacteria are absolutely essential to our health and survival.

Leaky Guy Syndrom (LGS)

They carry out countless functions that maintain a healthy metabolism and immune response such as- destroying pathogenic microbes (bad bacteria) and preventing colonization of parasites, synthesizing vitamins, digesting food and facilitating digestion, stimulating antibody and lymphocyte formation, and secreting enzymes to help transform and neutralize microbial and metabolic wastes before they are excreted from the body.

Pathogenic and opportunistic bacteria on the other hand, can have a nearly limitless negative impact on the body- deactivating digestive enzymes like trypsin and chymotrypsin, consuming B12, producing ammonia and increasing digestive tract pH which promotes fungal growth, preventing breakdown of bile acids and estrogens, activating carcinogens, creating antibody-antigen complexes leading to autoimmune diseases, etc.

Not only do antibiotics let pathogenic and opportunistic pathogens gain a hold by eliminating their beneficial competitors, but they also promote the growth of Candida Albicans and other pathogenic fungi/yeasts. Candida secretes a particular chemical which shrinks the epithelial cells of the small intestine. This increases the space between the normally tight cell gap junctions leading to a porous gut.

Leaky Guy Syndrom (LGS)

While antibiotics and medications often cause LGS, it is important to note here the contributing factor of food allergies and intolerances in perpetuating an inflamed digestive tract. There is a vicious cycle put into place when food particles that have not yet been sufficiently broken down are absorbed and allowed to enter the bloodstream. Food particles this large are not recognized by the immune system and are therefore viewed as antigens by the body. Antibodies are created to tag these particles as foreign irritants so that the immune system can reliably recognize them. Going forward, any time the small intestine epithelia comes into contact with that food, an inflammatory response will be mounted by the immune system, creating irritation and further damage. 

Over time, this drains the immune system as well as the adrenal reserves, which help drive metabolism, blood pressure, inflammatory reactions and the body’s ability to cope with stress. Many patients with LGS present in clinic with food sensitivities, often ones that they were completely unaware of. Intolerances can be innate, but a large portion of associated allergies tend to be acquired and a result of LGS itself.

Leaky Guy Syndrom (LGS)

What Conditions Can Directly Result from Leaky Gut?

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Celiac disease 

Chronic diarrhea 

Constipation

Diverticulitis

Hemorrhoids

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Malabsorption issues

SIBO

Gastritis

Hepatic dysfunction

Pernicious Anemia

Allergy Syndrome

Food allergies

Sinus allergies

Asthma

Urticaria

Chemical sensitivities

Skin Conditions

Psoriasis

Eczema (almost always LGS)

Fungal infections

Acne

Neurotransmitter Disorders

ADD/ADHD

Depression

Anxiety

Insomnia

Memory disorders

Pain Disorders

Fibromyalgia

Joint pains

Arthritis

Headache/Migraine

Hormone Disorders

Adrenal fatigue

Menstrual disorders

Osteoporosis

PMS 

Uterine fibroids

Breast fibroids

Thyroid disorders (Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroidism, Grave’s)

Autoimmune Disorders

Ankylosing spondylitis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Crohn’s disease 

Ulcerative Colitis

Immune Disorders

Recurrent infections (ear/sinus, etc)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic yeast infections

Pediatric Disorders

Immune deficiency 

Allergies 

Hyperactivity disorders (ADD/ADHD)

How is Leaky Gut Treated?

Few western physicians acknowledge the presence of Leaky Gut, let alone the significant contribution medications have to the disorder. This leads to few conventional options to address the disorder.

At North End Acupuncture, we are one of only a handful of Chinese medicine clinics in the country that uses a functional medicine model to help accurately diagnose and treat Leaky Gut. With each patient, he will conduct a complete medical history which examines the main and secondary complaints while investigating all other systems of the body to gain fuller view of a patient’s pathology. If LGS is suspected, specific laboratory testing is often used to confirm a diagnosis.

Leaky Guy Syndrom (LGS)

We use exclusively acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with some western nutritional supplementation to treat Leaky Gut, and treat using the wisdom of Chinese medical theory. This unique treatment approach is not only effective, but essential. There is no such thing as a universal treatment for LGS. It is an extremely complex and nuanced disorder that manifests with infinite diversity, depending on a patient’s constitutional weaknesses and unique real life exposures. Treatment requires an individual diagnosis paired with medicine strong enough to address the complaints, yet gentle enough not to further weaken the body. Emphasis is placed on alleviating a patient’s symptoms quickly, but more importantly, resolving the root issue holding a disease pattern in place.

Initial treatment is organized by removing the ongoing irritants to the small intestine epithelium. This is done by eliminating the intake of antibiotics, NSAID’s and food irritants while eradicating overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria and yeasts. Second, the intestinal lining is repaired using specific nutrients and herbal therapy. Third, the liver and lymphatics are detoxified and regulated, as both systems become sluggish after being overloaded by LGS byproducts. Next, the immune system and endocrine systems are supported and balanced as LGS keeps them in a state of constant activation. Finally, the digestive system needs to be regulated and rehabilitated, as it is almost always weak after prolonged Leaky Gut.

Healing begins here

Whether you’re seeking pain relief, stress management, or overall wellness, we’re here to support you on your journey to better health through acupuncture.

Contact us to learn more about our services or book an appointment today!

Emily Centrella
Emily Centrella
2024-05-21
Philip is by far the best acupuncturist in Boston! I was in and out of the Doctor from a cyst in my foot and decided to try acupuncture to reduce the symptoms. After seeing Philip, my pain was completely gone! I continued to see him throughout marathon training and he addressed any pains that came up and I felt 100% for race day!!! I will definitely be seeing Philip during every marathon training cycle I have moving forward. I recommend North End Acupuncture to anyone that needs a well educated and thoughtful specialist!!!!
Jacquelyn Ko-Hoerres
Jacquelyn Ko-Hoerres
2024-05-13
I have been going to North End Acupuncture for several years now. Caleb the acupuncturist has been incredible to work with. The addition of this modality to my treatment plan has been really successful. Do not hesitate to try.
Wendy Franco Almquist
Wendy Franco Almquist
2024-05-06
I am a patient of Caleb’s for over a year. He has done an outstanding job addressing my complex issues including digestive issues ,allergies and insomnia. I recommend him highly
Nicole Hilaire
Nicole Hilaire
2024-04-23
Caleb is incredibly knowledgeable and does an excellent job explaining the treatment plan. I’ve noticed significant improvements in my overall health in the 6 months that I’ve been a patient.
Katherine Hut
Katherine Hut
2024-04-11
I have been one of Caleb’s patients for over a year. He’s exceptionally knowledgeable, and his years of experience definitely show! I saw a number of acupuncturists before finding North End Accupuncture— if you’re new to acupuncture or still looking for the right professional for you, I recommend giving this place a try!
Saul B
Saul B
2024-04-11
I have tried over a dozen practitioners in the city, but this is hands down the best acupuncture in Boston that I have experienced. I initially went to North End Acupuncture to get treatment for digestive issues. I saw Philip who specializes in digestive disorders. There was a lengthy first session where he asked me all sorts of questions and after he ordered some lab testing it was evident that I had Leaky Gut Syndrome, as well as some not so good bacteria in my gut. Philip explained each test result clearly so that I could understand it as well as what the plan was to treat it going forward. We started with acupuncture as well as a few Chinese herbal supplements, and we made a number of dietary and lifestyle changes. The results were profound. Within a week I had a significant reduction in symptoms and within 7 weeks my digestion was back to being completely normal after nearly a decade of significant issues. Not to mention my energy had returned and headaches were gone...two things that I never thought were related to my digestion. I'd give 6 stars if I could.
Aarati Noronha
Aarati Noronha
2024-04-08
I’ve been going to north end acupuncture for over 2 years now. Caleb is very good at what he does. I was suffering from intractable migraines and extreme insomnia when I first started treatment. I can say with confidence that I rarely suffer from migraines anymore, I sleep better and the overall quality of my life has improved significantly.
Mary-Ann Calcagno
Mary-Ann Calcagno
2024-03-29
Philip is so caring and thorough; he takes the time to listen to your concerns and discuss treatment. I found the acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs very helpful when looking for relief from menopausal symptoms, stress, and generally anything that was bothering me when I visited him. I highly recommend!
Brittany Nazario
Brittany Nazario
2024-03-19
I've been going to Philip for the past 2 years and I can't say enough good things! I tried a handful of other acupuncturists before him and can confirm that his knowledge, service, and care can't be beat. He has helped me with SO MANY health issues and the treatment itself is a meditative experience in it's own. His treatments (acupuncture, herbs, and advice) have worked better than anything I've tried before. I have and will continue to recommend North End Acupuncture to anyone who is looking (or anyone who is complaining about anything health!). Thank you, Philip!!
Monica Degnan
Monica Degnan
2024-03-17
I love my acupuncture treatments with Lexi! I was skeptical about acupuncture at first but she explained why and how she was going to be helping me with my tennis elbow pain. Since my first treatment she has helped me with quality of sleep and improved the appearance of my shingle scars. If you have been skeptical give acupuncture a try, Lexi is wonderful.