We have a special interest in providing acupuncture for IBS and other digestive conditions 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 treatment is that you can combine it 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.