Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder with a common group of symptoms, including abdominal pain, disturbed bowel movements and bloating. The lack of effective therapies for IBS is accompanied by increased use of complementary and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture.
Acupuncture is receiving increasing acceptance in Western medicine for treating certain gastrointestinal disorders. The goal of acupuncture treatment is to relieve symptoms, which may include:
• Abdominal cramping.
• Diarrhea and constipation.
• Painful spasms.
Acupuncture physicians treat irritable bowel syndrome based on an individualized assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of qi located in various meridians. Because acupuncture is considered safe, and IBS is not currently treatable with conventional methods, people with IBS may opt to try acupuncture to improve symptoms.
Your acupuncture physician may recommend an elimination diet, where foods that are suspected of causing an allergic reaction are eliminated and then added back into the diet to determine any food trigger symptoms. Adding more fiber and reducing stimulants may also aid in symptom management.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMCMar.27.