Up to 45 million of people in the US live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that comes with a number of uncomfortable symptoms including, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or mixed diarrhea and constipation.
When your digestion feels unwell it can affect your whole life. People with IBS are often anxious about what foods they may eat that will cause discomfort.
Throughout my 15 years in practice, I have helped many people overcome IBS. Research shows that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are helpful in treating IBS.[2,3]
The nature of Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment is based upon the underlying imbalance which is causing the IBS. The therapy includes acupuncture, electroacupuncture, and in some people, herbal medicine. Electroacupuncture has been shown to stimulate gut motility and is well known for stopping pain. The herbal formulas focus on aromatic herbs which waken the digestion and stop bloating. Chinese herbs also balance the microbiome.
What happens in an Acupuncture Visit?
During your initial visit, we will discuss your digestive symptoms as a part of the whole person. I consider your sleep, joint and muscle pain, stress, frequency of colds, and energy levels all help me to understand what is causing your particular digestive issues. Acupuncture also is interested in how your body feels. Does it feel hot or cold? Is there too much sweating or none at all. This will help identify the root cause of the issue.