Acupuncture for IBS

Acupuncture for fertilityIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder that takes a variety of different forms, including chronic abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, and altered bowel habits.

It’s the most common functional digestive disorder treated by GPs, with 22% of the UK population suffering IBS. Women are 2 or 3 times more likely than men to develop symptoms.

Many IBS suffers seek relief from acupuncture.

IBS Triggers and Symptoms

IBS is often triggered in adolescence or early adulthood, and it could be caused by emotional stress, use of laxatives, a low-fibre diet, or a bout of infectious diarrhoea.

IBS is not a structural problem, meaning there is no anatomical change in the body. While the exact cause of the disease is unclear, it appears that people who suffer from IBS have hypersensitive sensory nerves in the bowel that overreact when the bowel is stretched. This causes cramping, pain, sudden bouts of diarrhoea or constipation, and flatulence. Eating can trigger symptoms, although stress is thought to be the biggest culprit.

How Acupuncture Eases the Symptoms of IBS

Acupuncture helps to relieve the symptoms of IBS in the following ways:

  • Relieves abdominal pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, naturally produced chemicals that block pain.
  • Regulates the motility of the digestive tract.
  • Raises the sensory threshold of the gut – most IBS suffers have a lowered threshold of bowel pain and distension.
  • Helps to relieve stress. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, stimulating colon spasms, which result in abdominal discomfort. Acupuncture activates the opposing parasympathetic system, promoting relaxation.
  • Reduces anxiety and depression. The symptoms of IBS can trigger a cycle of anxiety and pain, with the more embarrassing symptoms leading to depression. Acupuncture increases the brain’s production of serotonin and endorphins, helping to combat anxiety and depression.

To find out more about how acupuncture can treat IBS or to book a treatment, contact Acupuncture That Works today on 0800 051 76 88 or use our contact form.

MJ – Northwich

I’ve now had ten sessions with Cath, and began the journey like a car that was being driven fast on an empty tank of petrol. I was surviving, but only just, on an average of three hours sleep a night, and often going the whole night without any form of sleep whatsoever. As a Managing Director of my own company, this was debilitating, stressful and severely impacted the quality of my professional and personal life.

Three months later, I am regularly getting six and a half hours sleep, and feel far more rested, alert and focused on the challenges that the day ahead will bring. Cath has played a massive part in making this dramatic change in events. The acupuncture itself is the needles, but Cath brings far more to my life than the person who decides where and when to place them in the required spot.  The session starts the moment you enter the room, with her genuine interest in your well-being, her ability to ask the right question at the right time, and a calm air of professionalism combined with a knowing smile and ability to build rapport. I leave every session feeling better and more rested than I did when it started.

I wholeheartedly believe that the combination of acupuncture and Cath Peake is a combination that can help you address head-on the challenges that you previously thought were insurmountable.

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

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