Acupuncture is effective for IBS
Studies are now finding that Acupuncture is effective for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, an increasingly common digestive complaint. People with IBS suffer from abdominal distention, pain, cramping and bloating gas, along with diarrhea, painful constipation, or both alternating. They may also experience a number of other gastrointestinal symptoms. People often feel worse when under physical or emotional stress, or before or during the menstrual period. Depression related to IBS is not uncommon.
A patient speaks:
I have been suffering with IBS for about four years. After going the standard medical route with no success, I decided to try acupuncture. My first session was about a month ago, and though Daniel told me beforehand I would get relief, I wasn’t so sure.
After the session I no longer felt discomfort, and that lasted for about 24 hours. Ever since the fourth treatment (my most recent) I have been symptom free, and that was over a week ago. I will keep going, hoping to reinforce the positive effects I’ve gotten. I’d have to say this has been the most promising treatment to date.
Teri K. Brooklyn, NY
In Western medicine, IBS is considered a “functional disorder” – meaning there is no observable physical problem in the digestive system. It has been described as a form of ‘miscommunication’ between the brain, peripheral nervous system, and digestive organs. It’s been my experience that most people respond very well to acupuncture treatment for IBS, even those with severe or long-standing symptoms. What’s more, almost as a side issue, many people also report improvements in anxiety or depression, sleep issues, fatigue, headaches, or menstrual pain.
Along with acupuncture treatment, it’s important to maintain exercise, stress management, and regular eating habits.
For more helpful information, feel free to check out this site: International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.
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