Acupuncture as a Form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Therapy

Acupuncture & IBS TreatmentIrritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a condition that seriously affects those who have to deal with it. Although IBS is not particularly dangerous, it is very uncomfortable and makes it more difficult to function easily in your day-to-day life. There is a wide variety of options for Irritable Bowel Syndrome therapy, but their effectiveness varies wildly from person to person. If you have tried some options without successful relief, one more possibility that you should consider is IBS acupuncture.

Living with IBS

Part of the difficulty for those with IBS is that both symptoms and effective treatments can be completely different for different people. As you can surmise from the name or from your symptoms, the condition has to do with the bowels, so abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, and constipation are some of the most common symptoms. Everyone has these occasionally, but for sufferers of IBS, they are more or less chronic, although they will be better on some days and worse on others.

Additionally, IBS can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms above mimic many other conditions, like gluten intolerance, for example. You may be told to go on different diets only to find no effect on your condition before finally arriving at the conclusion that it is IBS.

What You May Have Tried Already

As mentioned above, there are many different forms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome therapy, but this is not exactly a good thing. The reason there are so many options is that all of these treatments are focused solely on relieving the symptoms of the condition. Doctors do not yet know what exactly causes IBS, so it is impossible for them to create any medicines or treatments that eliminate the condition or attack the source of the problems.

Take into account the fact that symptoms can be so different from patient to patient, and you can easily start to see how there can be so many Irritable Bowel Syndrome therapy choices while you still have trouble finding relief. Even the medications designed specifically to help with IBS are limited to helping only certain types. More common ways of treating the condition with conventional medicine include diet and lifestyle changes. These can be effective, but may not be possible for everyone.

IBS Acupuncture

For those who have tried various remedies with no success, acupuncture may be what you need to help relieve the symptoms of your IBS. Acupuncture is based in ancient Chinese theories of medicine. The goal is to change the way that qi, or energy, moves through your body. By doing so, acupuncturists can affect how various organs respond. This is how acupuncture is used to help with the effects of IBS.

IBS acupuncture offers a new source of relief for those searching for a new form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome therapy. If you have IBS and have not been able to reduce your symptoms with other options, ask your physician if acupuncture is a good possibility for you.

Source:Mayo Clinic

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