Acupuncture can be beneficial in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome by first aiding in decreasing stress and other emotions that may be causing flareups. Secondly, in our experience, regular treatments begin to regulate digestion and decrease stomach upset and distention.
As with treating other ailments with acupuncture, what is most important is what the individual is experiencing. Each person with Irritable Bowel Syndrome has their own set of symptoms that need to be addressed. Spending time with our acupuncturists allows us to understand each person’s syndrome and develop a treatment plan tailored to them.
In an analysis of controlled trials, it was found that acupuncture can improve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, more specifically abdominal pain and distention, sensation of incomplete bowel movements, number of bowel movements per day, and quality of stool.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is characterized by a combination of digestive symptoms that cannot be explained by structural or gut bacterial reasons. Patients with IBS can experience stomach pain, alternating constipation and diarrhea with gas and bloating. There can be a tendency to lean more towards constipation or diarrhea as well. When patients are feeling certain emotions, symptoms of IBS can be exacerbated.