Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for IBS
Updated: Sep 5, 2022
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very painful and disruptive condition. IBS (also called spastic colon, irritable colon, mucous colitis, and spastic colitis) is a chronic illness that affects the large intestine, and affect 20% of the population. Women are affected three times more than men, with the average age of onset being between 20 and 40. Those who suffer from it also deal with not only embarrassment, but also painful cramps, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation, and/or diarrhea.
There are a few things that you can do to help alleviate IBS symptoms: exercise regularly, limit caffeine, eat smaller meals, minimize stress, take probiotics, avoid smoking, drink plenty of water, getting proper sleep, and avoid eating deep-fried, spicy or gas-producing foods.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Can Help Treat IBS
In Chinese medicine, IBS is a symptom of contributing factors that involve your liver, large intestine, pancreas, and kidneys. So, when it is treated with acupuncture, the points that help those areas are treated.
Acupuncture can help treat IBS by providing pain relief, helping to relax the colon, regulating the motility of the digestive tract, raising the sensory threshold of the gut, and reducing anxiety and depression.
Chinese herbs have been used for over 2,000 years to treat many ailments. They can also aid in the treatment of IBS. There are many herbal combinations that can be individualized for each patient's specific issues.
The combination of acupuncture and custom Chinese herbal formulas can offer much help for those with IBS. They can strengthen the immune system and reduce stress to prevent the distressing symptoms of IBS.
The best part of using traditional Chinese medicine to treat IBS, is that there are no harmful side effects. It is a safe and natural approach.