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Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a complex disorder in which the intestines lose their ability to efficiently move their contents. The main symptom of IBS are abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and or constipation. Less common symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Symptoms may be triggered by stress, diet, emotional factors, hormone levels and medications.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer a sage, effective, natural and drug- free way to address IBS. This holistic healthcare system looks at the body differently than Western medicine. According the Chinese medicine, the body is like a garden that must be cultivated and maintained in order to grow strong and remain healthy. Goods Health happens when all the organs and meridian systems are balanced and working together.

According to Chinese medical theories, there are several possible causes for IBS. One of these is an imbalance of the spleen. The spleen is the organ in charge of digestion and assimilation of foods ad liquids. One of the main functions of the spleen is to aid in the production of the spleen Qi, which is the energy that provides power and nourishment for the entire body.

Another function of the spleen is to produce blood from the food it breaks down and to convert it into usable energy to power your body. If you spleen isn’t properly cared for, the body’s energy levels will not be supported and illness may occur. The spleen is easily affected and weakened by poor eating habits and diet, antibiotics, excessive worry or a weak constitution. When a weakened spleen cannot metabolize or process food efficiently, ‘dampness’ appears in the body. Dampness occurs when rotting, undigested food sits in the gut, causing a variety of symptoms. If dampness rises to your head, you may experience headaches, a foggy feeling and ad inability to concentrate. Over time, dampness can lead to bloating, fullness and loose stools.

Another possible scenario is an imbalance in the liver, According to Chinese medicine, the liver is associated with emotional health, Stress and anger directly influence the function of your liver. Alcohol, drugs and medications, or a poor diet further compromise its function. When this happens, your liver energy overflows, in a figurative sense, and attacks the spleen. If your spleen is already weakened, the result can be stress-induced IBS.

At Acupuncture San Diego, our IBS patients are experiencing great results with a combination of acupuncture and botanical herbs.  It is a safe, natural, drug-free and effective way to address IBS. If you would like to talk with our team of practitioners about your Irritable bowel syndrome or other health concerns you might have, we are now offering Complimentary Consultations. Please feel free to call 858 381 2281 to schedule yours.


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