Acupuncture for IBS Brisbane

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Acupuncture for IBS and other digestion issues Brisbane

We have a special interest in providing acupuncture for IBS and other digestive issues to the people of Brisbane.

Clinical research has shown that a course of acupuncture for IBS can:

  • reduce pain (Pomeranz 1987)
  • increase peristalsis throughout the digestive tract (Yin 2010, Chen 2008)
  • relax the muscles of the digestive system by working on the parasympathetic nervous system (Schneider 2007b)
  • reduce depression and anxiety (Samuels 2008).

Also, there is a lot of other evidence suggesting that acupuncture for IBS reduces its symptoms (Anastasi 2009, Trujillo 2008, Reynolds 2008, Schneider 2007b, Xing 2004, Lu 2000).

The best thing about acupuncture for IBS sessions is that you can combine them with other therapies such as relaxation activities, psychotherapy and herbal medicine, and it’s safe to do so.

Our acupuncture for IBS practitioners also work on your diet and offer lifestyle support.

The thing to remember is all of these activities can help you combat IBS symptoms.

How does acupuncture for IBS work?

Science hasn’t precisely determined that. Some research suggest acupuncture stimulates the nervous system.

And by doing so, encourage the body to release endorphins, the natural painkiller.

Other research suggests acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing system.

What is IBS?

IBS is short for irritable bowel syndrome.

IBS is a number of symptoms, the most common are long-term pain in the abdomen, bloating, frequent or infrequent stools, which are hard or very loose. Increased flatulence is also something many people with IBS have to contend with.

It’s not known why women are two to three times more likely to suffer from IBS than men, more frequently during their menstrual periods.

Most sufferers develop these symptoms in childhood or their teens.

Why IBS arises isn’t known. The thing that seems to be common with all IBS sufferers is the nerves in their bowls are usually oversensitive.

This may then lead to cramps, pain, flatulence and diarrhoea or constipation.

All of which is worse with eating or stress.

Why a happy gut is important

A well-functioning digestive system is the cornerstone to a healthier, more vibrant you.

What we eat fuels our bodies. And the thing that transforms the food we eat into fuel for our bodies is the gut.

It follows that a healthy digestive function is needed for all aspects of life and health, including tissue growth and repair, metabolism, immune defence and reproduction.

If your gut isn’t performing optimally and you find you suffer from any of the following conditions, it’s best to take action before other health problems arise.

We tend to use a multi-therapy approach for digestive disorders, involving a combination of acupuncture, dietary therapy, oriental herbal medicines, exercise recommendations, relaxation and meditation, or abdominal massage.

A special note on dietary therapy

There is nothing more fundamental to digestive health, and indeed general health, than an appropriately balanced diet. Unfortunately for many of us, what constitutes a good diet is influenced by a multitude of fads, fallacies and misinformation. Chinese medicine recognises that we all have different 'constitutions' and problems that require individual treatment approaches, and dietary solutions. Chinese medicine dietary therapy excels in tailoring the structure and content of the diet to help correct imbalances.

Acupuncture for IBS and other digestion conditions

The latest high-level clinical research demonstrates the effectiveness of acupuncture for 46 conditions, with another 71 conditions showing mixed evidence of its efficacy.

The following are digestion conditions that acupuncture may help with.

Sources: Hempel S, Taylor SL, Solloway MR, Miake-Lye IM, Beroes JM, Shanman R, et al. VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program Reports. Evidence Map of Acupuncture. Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs; 2014. Zhang YN, Zhao HJ, Wang Y, Lu Y, Wang SJ. [Effect of Electroacupuncture Intervention on Constipation- predominant Irritable Bow l Syndrome and Colonic CGRP and SP Expression in Rats]. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2016 Feb;41(1):31-4.

Sources: Manheimer E, Wieland LS, Cheng K, Li SM, Shen X, Berman BM, et al. Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2012 Jun;107(6):835-47; quiz 48. MacPherson H, Tilbrook H, Agbedjro D, Buckley H, Hewitt C, Frost C. Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: 2-year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial. Acupunct Med. 2016 Mar 15.

Sources: Lee A, Chan SK, Fan LT. Stimulation of the wrist acupuncture point PC6 for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015(11):Cd003281. Cheong KB, Zhang JP, Huang Y, Zhang ZJ. The effectiveness of acupuncture in prevention and treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting–a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLOS ONE. 2013;8(12):e82474. Cho HK, Park IJ, Jeong YM, Lee YJ, Hwang SH. Can perioperative acupuncture reduce the pain and vomiting experienced after tonsillectomy? A meta-analysis. Laryngoscope. 2016 Mar;126(3):608-15. Shin HC, Kim JS, Lee SK, Kwon SH, Kim MS, Lee EJ, et al. The effect of acupuncture on postoperative nausea and vomiting after pediatric tonsillectomy: A meta-analysis and systematic review. Laryngoscope. 2016 Aug;126(8):1761-7.

Sources: Esteghamati A, Mazaheri T, Vahidi Rad M, Noshad S. Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of obesity: a critical review. Int J Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Apr;13(2):e19678.

These therapies may help you.

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