Approximately 15 percent of Americans suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), making it the second leading cause --- next to the common cold of work and school absenteeism.

IBS is more prevalent in women and is characterized by chronic abdominal discomfort or pain and alternating bowel habits that include chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation. IBS may also manifest one or more of the following symptoms: abdominal bloating, mucous in the stool, a sudden and urgent need to evacuate the bowels and sensation of incomplete elimination.

Regular western treatment for IBS may include antispasmodic medication to relieve pain, fiber laxatives and/or stool softeners, and the use of enzymes to eliminate food that causes discomfort. Unfortunately, even with medications, many patients will continue to experience symptoms of varying degrees.

Many factors contribute to IBS, causing motility disturbance (when food doesn’t move properly through the gastrointestinal tract), such as eating too many cold foods/drinks, frozen foods, raw foods, etc. Emotions also have a great impact on digestive organs. The physical body becomes more sensitive to the pain from changes in emotional state. Many scientific studies already show that IBS patients have hypersensitive nerve endings in their gut.

Working on lifestyle changes which support mind and body is the best way to manage IBS. Acupuncture treatment is based upon soothing this “brain-gut” mechanism to relieve the pain and discomfort of IBS completely.

If you have further questions about how we can help or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us.

Biao Lu, L.Ac., O.M.D.
Shiao-Ting Jing, L.Ac., O.M.D.