Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an increasingly common disorder. Symptoms may include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, cramping, and other digestive discomforts. IBS can interfere with daily life, cause embarrassment or anxiety, and even prevent sufferers from getting the nutrients they need for optimal health.
There are many treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, including medication, diet changes, and lifestyle changes. If you want to avoid taking medication because of the side effects, you may have tried all of the natural remedies for IBS. But if eating more fiber, drinking more water, getting more sleep, exercising more, and avoiding certain foods is not enough to provide relief, there are other natural options.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method that has shown to provide a wide variety of health benefits. Inserting tiny hollow needles into the top layer of skin in strategic locations can relieve a wide variety of pains and other negative symptoms. Here are 5 ways that acupuncture can help Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Acupuncture can promote detoxification of your system. The body builds up toxins from food that is difficult for the body to digest and eliminate. The largest source of unreleased toxins comes from unhealthy foods, but even some foods that are considered to be healthy may leave behind toxins in your system. Everyone’s digestive system is different and certain foods agree with some people and don’t agree with others. Acupuncture can help your body release and eliminate built up toxins, which are often the cause or result of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Stimulate Your Nervous System.
Acupuncture can stimulate your nervous system to release natural pain relievers such as endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals are made by your own body and are released when the nervous system sends the message. Endorphins and serotonin can reduce cramping and other digestive pains caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Reduce Stress and Help with Relaxation.
Acupuncture can help you feel more relaxed, reducing your stress. Stress can have a significant impact on your digestion, inhibiting the body’s ability to digest food effectively. Indigestion can cause IBS symptoms as the body struggles to eliminate food waste. As your body relaxes and lets go of stress during acupuncture treatment, the bowels also relax. This can help with constipation and diarrhea, depending on which of these symptoms is more common for you.
Acupuncture can give your mood a boost, also through the production of endorphins and serotonin. Depression and anxiety tend to accompany Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as the symptoms can interfere with daily life. Acupuncture not only has mood enhancing benefits, but it provides relief of the symptoms of IBS that may be the cause of your negative mood.
Another benefit of acupuncture is improved sleep. Many people report that after acupuncture treatment they fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and find it easier to go back to sleep after waking. All of this leads to better quality sleep, which can help to improve IBS symptoms.
Where to Get Quality Acupuncture
Unfortunately, due to its popularity, there are many acupuncture facilities that are not offering true acupuncture. For best results, choose a facility with certified acupuncturists and that follow the authentic practice of Chinese/Eastern medicine.
Thumos Health Center is an acupuncture practice providing a variety of services including Chinese herbology. Bryan Abel, L.Ac. is a highly qualified practitioner in the field of biochemistry and Eastern medicine and is certified in acupuncture.
If your IBS symptoms have not improved with other methods, acupuncture may be the solution for you. To learn more, call (323) 372-5150 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.