Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder that affects millions of people in the developed world today. It is twice as common in women as in men, and usually starts to develop before the age of 45.
Signs & Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS
Being affected by IBS can be very frustrating and overwhelming. Without any evidence of disease or damage to the organs, our patients experience:
- Abdominal pain after eating
- Frequent gas and bloating
- Stools that contain mucus or undigested food
- Diarrhea and constipation, sometimes together or in alternation
Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS
The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can often be triggered by an acute bacterial or viral infection, for example during an episode of food poisoning. In our experience however, emotional issues can easily affect digestion and cause or worsen the symptoms, including:
- Long term stress and worry
- Emotional trauma
- Stressful events in everyday life
How we treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS
At the Nei Jing center of Chinese Medicine, we use traditional methods of diagnosis and take in consideration each patient’s lifestyle to design a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan that will address all factors. We will combine methods such as
- Acupuncture and laser acupuncture,
- Chinese herbs,
- Tuina massage and cupping,
that have all been shown to improve gastrointestinal function as well as balance emotions.
Because digestion is designed to shut down in times of perceived danger, lifestyle advice aimed at reducing everyday anxiety has also brought life-changing results to many of our patients.