What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder affecting the large intestine (colon). It is a condition that impacts an individual’s quality of life, including missing school or work. For those seeking a natural remedy for IBS, then acupuncture may be an effective solution for IBS relief.
IBS symptoms and severity may differ by individual. IBS symptoms include:
- – Abdominal pain
- – Bloating
- – Diarrhea
- – Constipation
- – Alternating diarrhea and constipation
- – Frequent bowel movement
- – Depression
- – Anxiety
- – Chronic fatigue
- – Insomnia
IBS Causes & Triggers
The causes of IBS are currently unknown. Usually no abnormality is detected with sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or barium enema.
Certain foods or situations may trigger or exacerbate IBS, including:
- – Emotional stress
- – Genetic predisposition
- – Food allergies
- – Intestinal bacteria
- – Motility problems in intestines
- – Menstruation
- – Pregnancy
- – Menopause
IBS Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In the case of IBS, there are two main types – either diarrhea is predominant or constipation is predominant.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is mainly due to liver-Qi stagnation, spleen and stomach deficiency or spleen and kidney deficiency. The proper differentiation of these patterns is done based on individuals’ pulse, tongue and their presenting symptoms.
In the case of liver-Qi stagnation, symptoms include abdominal pain and cramps, irritability, anxiety (can be a trigger factor as well) and diarrhea.
Spleen & Stomach Deficiency
In the case of spleen and stomach deficiency, symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea are followed immediately after eating. Some other symptoms are lethargy, poor appetite, mucus in stool, and fullness and distention in the abdomen.
Spleen & Kidney Deficiency
In the case of spleen and kidney deficiency, the main symptom is early morning diarrhea with abdominal pain, accompanied with cold sensation in the abdomen and lower back.
Can Acupuncture Help IBS?
Acupuncture is one of the healing arts of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of thin, stainless, and disposable needles into certain points in the body called “acupoints” to strengthen the flow of Qi or remove blockage and obstruction in the affected meridians. Acupuncture holds a holistic approach towards our body and aims to bring the body into its balanced state of energy.
According to several studies conducted acupuncture provides relief from abdominal pain and spasm, and improves bowel function, improves the mental health, reduces stress and anxiety, boosts up energy and relieves physical tiredness.
At Zahra Acupuncture, we will set up an IBS treatment plan depending on the individual’s presenting symptoms. Sometimes, acupuncture treatment is combined with moxibustion and/or Chinese herbs to increase the effectiveness of the IBS treatment.
Individuals who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome should watch their dietary habits and refrain from eating large meals, rich, oily foods, and smoking. They should drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and develop a regular bathroom schedule.
North Vancouver Acupuncture Clinic
If you are seeking a natural remedy for IBS flare-up or want to learn more about acupuncture for IBS, Dr. Zahra Mazanderani will be happy to assist you. Book a consultation now to learn whether acupuncture treatment can provide effective TMJ and jaw pain relief. Book a consultation now to learn whether acupuncture treatment can provide you with IBS relief.
Our North Vancouver acupuncture clinic is conveniently located at Neurogenesis Clinics, Marine Drive. Our acupuncture treatments are covered by extended health benefits.