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Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Chinese medicine can help

Many people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), live with this phenomenon and just do not know that there is another option for living a normal life. Chinese medicine treatment of IBS returns your digestive system to its proper functioning order and improves your quality of life.

There is no more reason to suffer from your digestive system. There is no reason to run to the toilet due to emotional stress. Treatment which include acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary advices can help you.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – General background

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder in the digestive tract, which is characterized mainly by changes in bowel movements, abdominal pain and additional digestive system symptoms. These symptoms are strongly related to pressure and stressful situations, as well as to emotional situations. Although the syndrome has always existed, it is only in the last decade that conventional medicine recognized the syndrome as a medical problem, despite the fact that there is no discernible structural or inflammatory disorder in the intestines.  The disease is diagnosed according to the patient’s signs and symptoms along with the negation of other intestinal diseases.

IBS – Causes

The main causes of the disease are changes in intestinal movement and higher sensitivity of patients to sensory stimuli coming from the intestines. Today, it is known that intestinal movement disorder exists in patients with this syndrome, yet the movement has no uniform attribute. The cause of this hypersensitivity is unknown, although it is known that the sensitivity can arise also due to a viral intestinal inflammation. 5-20% of the population will suffer from the syndrome. It is mostly attributed to young people, and 70% of those suffering from IBS are women. IBS will be diagnosed in a person if during one year the patient suffered from abdominal pain or abdominal discomfort for at least three months.

IBS – Symptoms

Abdominal pain. Changes in bowel movements, such as alternating diarrhea and constipation, in which after a certain time one of these options becomes more common. In addition, the patients will complain of a sensation of bloating and flatulence (gas), discomfort in the upper abdominal region (epigastrium), a sensation of incomplete/partial emptying during bowel movements. In addition, there may be quantities of mucous appearing together with the feces. All symptoms worsen in conditions involving pressure, stress and emotional situations.

IBS – Chinese Medicine

According to Chinese medicine, the liver organ has a strong connection to what we call the nervous system in modern medicine. When there are imbalanced emotions it is the liver which will be first to be injured. In such situations it is very difficult for the liver to carry out its main role, which according to Chinese medicine is the regulation of free flow/movement of Chi and Blood in the body. As a result of this, the liver is “stuck”, and the desired movement and flow is not occurring properly in the body. Usually in this situation, the liver will ‘invade’ the spleen and will disrupt its function as an organ of digestion. This cycle of ‘evil’ will repeat itself again and again, and will lead to the digestive system symptoms mentioned. These symptoms will worsen in situations of stress and emotional imbalance, and are influenced by a poor diet that weakens the digestive system.

Chinese medicine and Acupuncture have the ability to help in cases of IBS in a very high percentage of cases.

Mostly the treatment will be only acupuncture, yet according to the gravity of the situation and the general state of the patient, herbs may be added to the treatment protocol. A balanced diet adapted to the patient is of great importance for the success of the treatment and will be given personally to each patient.



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