Traditional Chinese Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

👉🏻 Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a widespread functional gastrointestinal disorder, creates significant stress and discomfort for a startlingly large percentage of the population. It affects 10-22 per cent of the general population, with worrisome symptoms, including pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, disruptive patterns of defecation, and general intestinal unease.

What Cause IBS?

👉🏻 The cause of IBS is not fully understood, but researchers believe many factors can contribute to the development of the condition. These include stress, depression, anxiety, bacterial infections in the digestive tract, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and food intolerances or sensitivities. 

How TCM Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?  

📍 In TCM, IBS is often diagnosed as Liver overacting Spleen. The Liver in TCM maintains the free flow of qi. The Liver is related to emotions. When the Liver qi flows freely, the mind is at ease. When there is stress, emotional upset, over-work, or over-worrying, the Liver qi stagnates and ceases to move freely. When this occurs, the Spleen qi starts to be suppressed by the stagnant Liver qi. The Spleen is the center of digestion. It is responsible for the breaking down and absorption of foods. When the Liver overacts the Spleen, we see all the symptoms of IBS mentioned above.

❤️ Acupuncture can help to:

  • Relieve pain and discomfort
  • Improve gut motility
  • Reduce stress levels and promote relaxation
  • Increase the production of serotonin and endorphins (your happy hormones) to promote feelings of wellbeing.

IBS is an uncomfortable and distressing gastrointestinal condition which causes bloating, abdominal cramps and changeable bowel motions. Many factors can trigger symptoms.  Identifying the root causes, triggers and mediators of current symptoms is essential.For instance, in some patients, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) can be responsible for bloating and changes in bowel habits. Identifying foods that trigger their symptoms and eliminating them is vital for many individuals.

❤️ TCM is a safe and effective modality that helps alleviate IBS symptoms by improving gut motility, reducing stress, pain and discomfort and promoting wellbeing. 

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