As an IBS specialist, I get a lot of questions as to what it is that I do that cures people.
Facts on IBS
–It is currently estimated that 20% of the population, or one in five people, suffers from this condition.
–70% of those are women.
–Standard medicine can do little for this distressing condition.
In contrast to this, I utilize a 3-pronged approach for IBS using acupuncture targeted supplements and, when appropriate, hypnotherapy. In this article I will discuss just how acupuncture alleviates symptoms of IBS
How Acupuncture Works:
Acupuncture affects the nervous system by stimulating the release of endorphin, a naturally occurring chemical in the body that blocks pain signals in the brain and spinal cord.
Both the National Institute of Health Consensus Panel and World Health Organization have, separately, identified conditions that are appropriate for acupuncture treatment. Several of these directly pertain to IBS, including:
In addition, acupuncture has also been deemed an way of reducing stress and related problems that are often triggers for IBS symptoms such as:
Acupuncture clinical studies and IBS
At least one study has directly investigated the use of acupuncture versus relaxation therapy in IBS patients.* This research found that patients’ quality-of-life and gastrointestinal symptom scores were equally improved in both groups, with a statistically significant reduction in abdominal pain. However, when the patients were followed for a 4-week post-trial period, only in the acupuncture group did pain reduction persist. Furthermore, a significant reduction in stress perception was also observed in the acupuncture group, but not in the relaxation group. The conclusion drawn was that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment for IBS, particularly the pain and stress symptoms, and that its benefits exceed those of standard relaxation treatment.
I hope this helped give you some insight as to how acupuncture can deliver relief for IBS.