Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common digestive disorder seen by doctors and women are 2-3 times more likely to suffer with IBS than men.
The intestines can be under or over active causing pain, cramping, flatulence, sudden bouts of diarrhea, and/or constipation.
It’s usually triggered by stress or eating.
Systematic reviews of the research literature suggest that conventional medications are of limited benefit in IBS (Akehurst 2001).
There is consistent evidence that a course of acupuncture improves IBS symptoms and general wellbeing (Anastasi 2009, Trujillo 2008, Reynolds 2008, Schneider 2007b, Xing 2004, Lu 2000),
Acupuncture has been shown to:
- Regulate the digestive tract (Yin 2010, Chen 2008).
- Provide pain relief (Pomeranz 1987).
- Reduce colon spasms - by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which initiates the body’s 'rest and digest' response. (Schneider 2007b).
- Reducing anxiety and depression (Samuels 2008) - symptoms which generally develop due to the IBS. Acupuncture can help to combat these negative moods by altering the brain's chemistry - increasing production of serotonin and endorphins (Han 2004),
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This information has been adapted from the British Acupuncture Council’s acupuncture research fact sheets. You can find the full information here.