• First Health Associates
  • 415 E Golf Rd, Suite 120, Arlington Hts, IL
  • 1-847-593-3330

Yu Zhu LAc, MD(China) - Gets 5 Stars - Arlington Heights Acupuncturist


Acid reflux, gastritis, hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation and diarrhea can be early warning signs of more serious digestive disorders and digestive problems. A growing number of people are seeking alternatives to the harsh and often long-term side-effects from medications used to treat digestive disorders.

Serving Arlington Heights, Mt Prospect, Rolling Meadows and surrounding suburbs since 1981 First Health’s Center for Integrative Medicine is proud to offer our patients Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including employing acupuncture for GERD, IBS, and other digestive disorders. Our Arlington Heights acupuncture clinic is led by author, researcher, professor Yu Zhu, MD (China). Dr Zhu has more than 30 years clinical experience and over 27 years TCM teaching experience. In addition to digestive problems she treats an array of conditions including general pain management.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the body as a complex system of energy channels, or meridians. Most digestive disorders involve an imbalance in the qi (pronounced “chee”), the vital energy or life force that travels through these meridians. As a result, this imbalance often leads to chronic digestive disorders.   A combination of TCM therapies is used to address the imbalances or disharmony at the root of digestive problems. TCM restores digestive health and can effectively manage many common digestive disorders such as: 

  1. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  3. Colitis (IBD)
  4. Crohns Disease (IBD)
  5. Celiac Disease
  6. Hemorrhoids
  7. Diverticulitis
  8. Biliary Colic


Moxibustion, a less familiar TCM therapy, is a therapeutic technique of applying mugwort or other medicinal herbs to specific areas. It is frequently used in the treatment of certain types of inflammation, as well as many gastrointestinal conditions.


Furthermore, research has shown that TCM treatments such as acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal medications are safe and effective in the treatment of an array of digestive disorders. Most noteworthy is a study in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and a review in the Journal of Gastroenterology that suggest using acupuncture for GERD may be a viable treatment option.

TCM practitioners believe GERD nearly always is a result of a disharmony between the liver and spleen. The liver regulates the smooth flow of substances throughout the body, however emotional upset or stress can disrupt the flow of blood, or qi.  In TCM, the spleen functions in digestion and transforming food into energy. This can be impaired by improper diet, stress, fatigue and insufficient physical exercise. Employing herbs and acupuncture for GERD treatment can reverse the disharmony between the two organs resulting in normal digestive processes.

First Health Associates has provided the best integrative medical care in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs since 1981.  Conveniently located off I-90, near Golf and Arlington Heights Roads First Health serves patients from Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Palatine Elk Grove and Des Plaines.

Dr. Yu Zhu, LAc, MD (China) Is Director of our Arlington Heights Acupuncture Clinic

Arlington Heights acupuncturist Dr. Yu Zhu, director of First Health’s TCM and Acupuncture Clinic, has more than 30 years of experience helping patients all sorts of digestive disorders. Dr. Zhu’s expertise, wisdom and compassion are the hallmarks of her treatment that foster a caring and trusting relationship with her patients.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are effective in treating a variety of conditions. Arlington Heights acupuncturist Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China) has made First Health’s Arlington Heights Acupuncture Clinic a top rated facility in the Chicagoland area. Using TCM and acupuncture for GERD and other digestive problems is an effective non-surgical, non-pharmacologic treatment option. To find out more about other conditions commonly treated with TCM, click here.

Meet Arlington Heights acupuncturist Dr. Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China) – Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Arlington Heights

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