IBS can be a lifelong condition causing stomach cramps and pain, bloating, diarrhoea (often with urgency, meaning you can’t wait), and constipation.
The most important part of our treatment for this condition over the past 30 years has been ‘no needle’ electroacupuncture, which often helps symptoms even in patients with longstanding problems.
With our treatment you tap into the body's own healing mechanisms and pathways. By careful selection of points and areas on the body we can stimulate anti-inflammatory pathways, boost pain-relieving substances such as endorphins and produce changes in other chemical signalling systems such as dopamine pathways which lead to change and even remodelling in the brain itself. There is a more detailed explanation about ‘no needle’ electroacupuncture and the broader field of Bioelectronic Medicine here.
There are several studies demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome(1) (particularly IBS-D when diarrhoea is the dominant symptom). When we were treating patients face to face in the clinic using the ‘no needle’ approach of electroacupuncture we found that too was a very effective way of relieving the symptoms of IBS - pain, discomfort, bloating and diarrhoea.
IBS may not be life threatening but it can certainly be a life limiting condition - preventing sufferers from leaving the house in bad cases. We have seen several patients over the years whose life was governed by the need to know where the nearest WC was.
(1) Acupuncture for Diarrhoea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Network Meta-Analysis. Lingping Zhu et al., Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018 / Volume 2018 |Article ID 2890465 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/2890465