Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) describes a collection of symptoms, commonly including chronic abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and altered bowel habits. It is a functional disorder of the intestines, occurring in the absence of visible structural abnormality. It is particularly prevalent now with our grab and go mentality towards food. Quick and easy food products combined with a state of stress or eating in a hurry can often contribute towards symptoms of IBS.
Acupuncture may help in regulating symptoms of IBS by reducing the stress response in the body that causes the colon to spasm, resulting in abdominal discomfort. In people with IBS, the colon can be oversensitive to the smallest amount of conflict or stress. Acupuncture helps to stimulate the ‘rest and digest’ response and therefore reduce painful cramps.
There is consistent evidence that a course of acupuncture improves IBS symptoms and general wellbeing. Acupuncture can also be safely and effectively combined with Western medicine, and other treatments such as relaxation exercises, herbal medicine and psychotherapy to provide long-term relief by addressing the symptoms and the cause of the condition.
When it comes to digestive health, I make dietary recommendations and nutrition suggestions in each treatment to also help with the presenting symptoms and reduce inflammation.
IBS // Chron’s Disease // Diverticular Disease // Colitis // Nausea & Vomiting