Acupuncture for IBS: A Natural Solution?
Ask anyone who has suffered through the effects of IBS and they will tell you it is not fun, whatsoever. IBS, the acronym for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a condition which causes users to have a chronically upset stomach and bowel, leading to alterations in one’s lifestyle, social activities, and overall health. Needless to say, if you or someone you know has suffered through such an ordeal, they’ll often try just about anything for relief. However, there’s good news! There have been many instances where a proper acupuncture treatment plan will greatly improve and/or eliminate symptoms of IBS when paired with a healthy adjustment to one’s diet, exercise, and lifestyle routine. Without further ado, let’s dive in to the ins-and-outs of IBS and how acupuncture for IBS may be your best option!
Common Side Effects of IBS
IBS can be one of the most uncomfortable conditions due to its associated symptoms and sometimes extremely painful conditions! Here are some of the most commonly associated symptoms of IBS:
- Clear and/or White Mucus
- Uncontrollable and/or Extremely Difficult to Pass Bowel Movements
- Alternating Between Constipation and Diarrhea On a Daily Basis
How Acupuncture Can Help IBS
The above-mentioned symptoms pose a very bothersome set of ailments which can be relieved with the help of an acupuncture plan. See below how we address each symptom commonly associated with IBS:
Bloating can happen to many, many people; especially if they’ve just ingested a rather large meal. With IBS, the bloating seems to appear out of nowhere and will continue to occur for hours after each meal, leading to an overall uncomfortable feeling which can lead to one being uncomfortable in their own skin. With acupuncture, we allow the gas and bloating to pass and be relieved through a strategic placement of acupuncture needling, releasing the blocked meridians and areas of the body which are causing the bloating. This flow of energy to the affected area will further help expedite the healing process in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise.
At Bee Cave Acupuncture & Nutrition, we prefer to approach the ailments our patients are experiencing with a “whole-body” approach. The “whole-body” approach encompasses not only our acupuncture treatments, but also maintaining a fiber-filled, whole food, no added sugar, organic diet. This will tremendously improve your constipation and help the body heal with all of the benefits of nutrients being derived from the amazing food which Mother Nature has provided us here on Earth.
Gas can be bothersome and nobody enjoys taking anti-gas pills all day long and feeling only a temporary sense of relief. Where acupuncture comes in to assist the gas-relief process is through focusing on the affected areas of the body which will be relieved through targeting areas of blocked qi and providing energy to flow effectively and efficiently, thus allowing your body to properly digest the food you consume and relieve the problem.
Clear and/or White Mucus in Stool
This symptom is often a symptom of the IBS symptoms. What we mean by this is the fact of IBS causing disruption to your overall gut health and thus causing your bowel movements to not be properly digested and travel through your intestinal tract. All of this leads to an imbalance which acupuncture for IBS can address. When the problem is corrected at its core, the lingering, accessory side-effects of the main ailment will no longer be present.
Diarrhea can be the result of your body not agreeing with what you’ve eaten and unable to fully digest your meal. This results in the body believing your food to be somewhat incompatible and/or harmful and will proceed to reject the food as quickly as possible, thus resulting in symptoms of diarrhea. High-sugar diets and little to no fiber can lead to extremely discomforting diarrhea. This is why we always offer consultation on the best diet to adhere to on a case-by-case basis for everyone’s unique needs.
Alternating Between Constipation and Diarrhea On a Daily Basis
With IBS, it’s most common to have either extreme constipation or uncontrollable bowel movements; there’s no happy-medium. With acupuncture for IBS, we stimulate the energy flow and remove the blockage of the qi so your body is able to begin healing and the connection between your brain and gut will be stronger, thus leading to an overall stronger performance within both areas of the body.
Why You Should Consider Acupuncture for IBS
If you’re reading this article, you are most likely searching for an alternative solution to a seemingly endless problem. With Acupuncture for IBS, we at Bee Cave Acupuncture & Nutrition address the ailments your body is currently experiencing by determining the root cause of the issue, not masking it, and proceeding to explore the best options for your unique condition. Acupuncture has been around for centuries and is well-tested with proven results. It’s about time you started healing and we’re happy to help you begin the process towards better health! Contact us today to start seeing the difference acupuncture can make!