Irritable Bowel Treatment with Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be an incredibly effective treatment method for irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a complex functional bowel disorder in which a person's intestines loose their ability to efficiently move their contents. The result is pain, discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or both. Less common symptoms include headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety. It is thought that this problem can start after an infection or a stressful life. However, symptoms may also be triggered by stress, diet, depression, anxiety, sudden emotional changes, hormone levels in the body, and medications. Severe conditions often look like IBS, but may actually be other diseases including celiac disease, parasitic infections, functional problems, and Chrones disease.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a safe and drug-free approach to address IBS. Typically we will try to find all of the causes of this problem and create an individualized treatment plan that might include acupuncture, herbal therapy, dietary therapy, and life-style coaching to treat the root of the problem.

Often in digestive imbalances there is a weakness in the body's ability to breakdown and assimilate food. Since food is our source of energy people with IBS often have a lot of fatigue. In addition, this lack of energy also makes the ability of the body to break food down worse. So the root of the problem is the weakness. Generally the longer this goes on the worse it gets and the weaker the other systems in the body get. While weakness is often the root, it is not always the case and all of the complicating factors must be addressed as well. So an acupuncturists will go through a complete diagnosis to figure out the root of your IBS and address that.

To find out if we can help your IBS please contact us .