Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal condition in the country (about 1 in 5 people in the United States fit the criteria for IBS). However, only a quarter of those with IBS symptoms seek treatment for it. Rather than suffer in silence, consider turning to acupuncture, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, to deal with the disruptive, painful symptoms of IBS, also referred to as spastic colon.
EMPLOYING ACUPUNCTURE FOR IBS CAN HELP:
Relieve physical and emotional stress.
Experiencing IBS symptoms often builds into a sense of emotional distress. This stress when combined with physical issues can create a cycle of pain, anxiety, and frustration. Acupuncture treatments can impact brain chemistry, calming emotions and improving mood by increasing the production of serotonin and endorphins to alleviate depression and anxiety.
Provide symptom relief.
Research has shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment in reducing IBS symptoms, such as pain, bloating and fatigue.
Regulate bowel movement.
Acupuncture has been shown to be dual effective on constipation and diarrhea, helping to balance irregular bowel movements. Acupuncture can restore the digestive tract to normal, healthy function.
Retrain the body.
In people with IBS, the colon can be oversensitive to even slight amounts of conflict or stress. Acupuncture activates the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, catalyzing the “rest and digest” response and improving relaxation.
While managing the symptoms of IBS is a top priority, it is equally important to treat the underlying cause of your IBS and to prevent future flare ups. Recent studies have found significant positive associations between acupuncture and reducing the symptoms of IBS. In addition to acupuncture, I may also suggest dietary and other lifestyle changes that may be helpful in combating IBS symptoms.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove and Des Plaines. Our Arlington Heights acupuncturist is rated one of the best in the Chicagoland area. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.Leave a reply →