IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional
gastrointestinal disorder, meaning it is a problem that can effect
the way the GI tract works. Though it is not classified as a
disease, those suffering with IBS can have reoccurring symptoms
including abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea. These symptoms
can occur one at a time or all at once.
There are some pharmaceutical treatments available,
but relaxation therapy and acupuncture are quickly taking hold as
viable treatments for IBS. Studies conducted by the World Health
Organization as well as National Institutes of Consensus Panel have
showed drastic improvements for individuals suffering from common
symptoms of IBS such as:
Though doctors and researchers are not sure why
people contract IBS, acupuncture has been proven to relieve what
experts feel could aggravate patient's symptoms, such as:
Traditional Chinese medicinal practices have used
acupuncture to treat issues with the GI tract for thousands of
years. A basic acupuncture
for IBS procedure can include your acupuncturist targeting
pressure points along the meridians of the stomach and abdomen. This
practice is believed to remove dampness and heat from the affected
area, in turn relieving symptoms.
Because stress and anxiety play a major role in
triggering IBS symptoms, your acupuncturist can perform procedures
which relax the body and mind resulting in a calming of the GI
tract. Many practitioners of acupuncture believe the body and its
systems are a superhighway through which our emotions travel, if
there is a "blockage" in one of these areas, irritation and sickness
can result. It is believed that stress, anxiety, and depression can
cause these blockages.
The practice of acupuncture releases the body's
natural pain-killer, endorphins. Endorphins can create a sense of
peace and euphoria which allows the body to get into a relaxed state
resulting in reduction of anxiety and stress. In addition to the
release of endorphins, acupuncture increases blood flow to affected
areas promoting healing.
Most patients benefit greatly from an herbal
treatment formula that the acupuncturist will create. In
addition, suggested dietary adjustments will provide great relief.
Acupuncture can be used to treat many afflictions and
help relieve symptoms of sometimes debilitating illness. It is
important to speak with your acupuncturist to find out what
acupuncture can do for you.
For more information, please contact Laurel
Monica Acupuncture and Wellness
to best to treat your IBS.