Digestive Disorders Specialist

Daniel Abels, L.Ac. -  - Acupuncturist

Brannan Street Acupuncture

Daniel Abels, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist & Alternative Medicine Practitioner located in SoMa, South Beach, San Francisco, CA

At his practice in the SoMa district of San Francisco, CA, Dan Abels offers one-on-one, consultation for digestive disorders for patients with specific and diffuse symptoms, providing them with the guidance they need to understand a carefully developed acupuncture treatment plan that can help them feel better.

Digestive Disorders Q & A

What treatments do you offer for digestive disorders? 

  • Diarrhea and Constipation
  • Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ulcers






Although everyone experiences digestive upset occasionally, some people experience it regularly. The standard American diet, high in animal, saturated and hydrogenated fats, low in fiber, high in processed foods, low in complex carbohydrates and low in plant-based foods is commonly the root of digestive complaints. A consistently poor diet may just result in feeling uncomfortable, but may also lead to more serious conditions. Acid reflux, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and food allergies have become more common. While there are many over-the-counter medications that are used to treat the uncomfortable digestive symptoms, they do nothing to address the underlying cause. Depending on diet and the person’s constitution, a person may produce too much stomach acid or develop a digestive tract that is either hypo- or hyper-active. Certain acupuncture points have been shown to increase or decrease stomach acid and stimulate GI muscle contraction or to conversely relax GI muscles. It is the regulatory ability of acupuncture that makes acupuncture beneficial in the treatment of GERD, IBS and other digestive complaints.

As one would expect, dietary modifications are a likely component of a treatment plan for digestive complaints.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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Anthem Blue Cross of California
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
Blue Shield of California
Coventry Health Care
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
Health Net
Multiplan PHCS
Multiplan, Inc.