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Houston, TX 77069
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. For most people IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term when the signs and symptoms are worse. Depending on the person, the condition could improve or even disappear completely.
When the conditions flare up and self management is not enough, you possibly need to think about receiving conventional treatments (see link to right) or alternative treatments.
An increasing number of studies have been conducted on treating IBS with Chinese medicine, with promising results. These studies have documented that Chinese medicine can effectively treat IBS in a safe and drug-free way.
IBS according to Chinese Medicine is almost considered a disharmony between the liver and the spleen. The liver is responsible for the smooth flow of substances throughout the body. This flow can be upset by emotions or stress, causing stagnation of Qi (energy) or blood. Traditional Chinese medicine views the spleen as being associated with the function of digestion and transforming food into energy (Qi and blood). The spleen can be weakened by a number of factors, including overeating unhealthy foods, overwork, too much worry, fatigue, and lack of exercise. When the spleen is weak and the liver is not moving smoothly, the liver overacts on the spleen and can manifest as symptoms of IBS.
As an Acupuncturist I am practicing, I focus on using variety of modalities to correct a liver/spleen disharmony. They may use acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary therapy and lifestyle changes to facilitate healing of this condition. Lots of case that people come to seeking help for other issues, they get better results with their own issues when I treat their IBS simultaneously. The theory of Chinese Medicine is we see a person as whole and we treat a person as whole.