Suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Acupuncture May Provide Relief
If you’re one of many who must go through every day life battling the incredibly disruptive symptoms of IBS, you know how challenging it can be to manage, or even talk about. Unfortunately, IBS can contribute to feelings of isolation and you may avoid travel, work, and social events simply because you never know when you’ll have an emergency need to go to the bathroom.
While it shouldn’t be a taboo topic, it can be embarrassing to talk about in the open if you are one of those people who experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Because of those feelings, some people never have the courage to seek medical help or support to see what their options are to treat it. Did you know that acupuncture treatment could offer relief from such unpleasant symptoms?
Before we get into that, let’s take a closer look at what IBS is, the symptoms, and who is affected.
Who Does IBS Affect?
According to Health U.S News, IBS is estimated to affect roughly 7-16% of the total population in the United States. Primarily, it is also believed that women are affected 2-3 times more than men, often experiencing more significant symptoms during their period.
Potential Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Determining the precise cause of IBS is still a work in progress, and medical professionals all have varying theories. Studies have suggested, however, that it could be the result of changes in the body. Bacterial overgrowth, stress, the use of antibiotics, and spasms could all be potential contributing factors that lead to the development of IBS.
We have to remember that one’s brain is directly linked to one’s health, so even emotions and thoughts can lead to symptomatic issues in your gut, increasing sensitivities such as anxiety and stress. A 2017 study in the Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility revealed that people with IBS have increased levels of depression and anxiety compared to those who don’t suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Some people with IBS have an oversupply of bacteria in the small intestines, which is referred to as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). It hasn’t been determined whether SIBO can cause IBS or not, but people experiencing Irritable Bowel Syndrome often also test positive for SIBO. Furthermore, some research has implied that IBS can be effectively diminished using antibiotics that focus on re-establishing healthy bacteria in the small intestine.
Symptoms of IBS Aren’t Always Obvious
The most common issues associated with IBS include a decreased appetite, bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea; all of which are typical symptoms. That said, there are several other symptoms that can arise from Irritable Bowel Syndrome that may surprise you.
These could include any of the following:
- Joint pain
- Trouble concentrating
- Brain fog
- Muscle weakness
Acupuncture for IBS
Other Options for Managing IBS
Since every patient has unique needs and unique health conditions, it’s not surprising that because of this, some patients will respond successfully to certain treatments while others won’t. Some patients may require multiple approaches to treatment to see positive results and change.
Dietary adjustments may be just what your body needs to reduce symptoms of IBS. If you will be going this route, be sure that you have been given clear direction and an individualized nutrition plan by your healthcare professional first, as this takes a lot of exploratory restrictions and eliminations to determine what foods are triggering symptoms.
Getting enough exercise, for example, will help reduce stress and keep your bowels regulated, as physical movement can alleviate symptoms associated with constipation. Yoga, meditation, and quiet time (including meditation) are other avenues to explore if you suffer from IBS.
All Points Acupuncture & Wellness Center is in Rochelle Park, NJ. Our focus is on helping patients achieve balance, health and harmony through acupuncture that improves overall function and well-being.
Get in touch with us to discuss your IBS symptoms and how acupuncture may assist as a standalone or combination treatment method for you.
Call 201-843-3633 for more information.
January 16, 2020