Acupuncture for IBS – Dublin
IBS is a very common condition affecting about 20% of the general population. This is one of the most common functional disorders seen by GPs. Women are generally more affected than men and it affects primarily young people in their 20s and 30s.
IBS is due to a hypo- or hyperactivity of the intestinal muscles. The reasons for this are unclear to conventional medicine. However, the effects can vary from a mild annoyance to a debilitating condition.
If you suffer from IBS, you might experience some of these symptoms:
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Belching and flatulence
- Bowels movement that are unusual such as diarrhoea, constipation or an alternance of both
- Symptoms of heartburn, nausea and vomiting can be associated with these symptoms.
Can acupuncture help?
Research and controlled trials are consistently showing that a course of acupuncture treatments can improve IBS symptoms and general wellbeing.
Here are some of the benefits of acupuncture for IBS:
- Acupuncture provides pain relief
- It regulates bowel movements and mobility of the entire digestive tract
- It raises the pain threshold to pain and distention in the bowels
- It activates the parasympathetic nervous system which has a relaxation effect on the digestive system
- It reduces the negative effects of the condition on the patient’s emotional health by stimulating the production of endorphins and serotonin – the body’s own “feel good” hormones.
Acupuncture has been proven in clinical trials to reduce IBS symptoms and to increase patients’ wellbeing. It can be combined safely with conventional treatment or other therapies.
Your acupuncturist may also give you lifestyle advice to improve the condition and reduce the risk of reoccurrence.
Source: BAcC fact sheet (IBS)