Being affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be very frustrating and overwhelming : without any evidence of organic damage or disease, one experiences frequent abdominal pain after eating, gas, bloating, stools that contain mucus or undigested food. Diarrhea and constipation are often present, sometimes together or in alternation.
While the symptoms can be triggered by an acute bacterial or viral infection, they commonly follow a history of prolonged anxiety, trauma or grief, and are worsened by stressful events. Long-term stress and worry are well documented causes of bodily disharmonies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and digestion is easily affected.
For this reason, reducing everyday anxiety through exercise and relaxing activities, as well as working on healing these long-standing emotional scars, can bring life-changing results to many patients.
Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Chinese herbs, Laser Acupuncture, Tuina and cupping have all been shown to make recovery easier by improving gastrointestinal function and immunity, regulating bowel movements and balancing emotions. At the Nei Jing center of Chinese Medicine, we combine them with traditional methods of pulse and tongue diagnosis and take in consideration each patient's lifestyle to establish a comprehensive treatment plan that will address all factors.
Nutritional advice by our Naturopath also plays a crucial part in reducing symptoms. You can start by :
- Avoiding fried and processed foods ;
- Avoiding cold, raw foods and iced drinks ;
- Eating plenty of vegetables, lightly cooked or steamed ;
- Eating at regular times and having dinner early.
Because digestion is designed to shut down in times of perceived danger, eating in a relaxed state may be even more important than a specific diet. Whenever possible, sit down to eat, chew slowly, and take the time to enjoy your meal !
For more information or an individualized evaluation of your condition, feel free to call our clinic in Jerusalem or contact us for a consultation meeting.