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How can acupuncture help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Updated: Jun 21, 2023


girl with irritable bowel syndrome has pain

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a functional gastrointestinal disorder that causes abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. While there is no known cure for IBS, there are various treatment options available that can help manage the symptoms. One of the therapies that have shown promising results in managing IBS is acupuncture.


How can acupuncture help with IBS?


Reducing inflammation

Inflammation is a common trigger for IBS symptoms. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation by regulating the immune system and increasing blood flow to the affected areas. This can help alleviate symptoms like abdominal pain and bloating.


Regulating gut motility

Acupuncture can also help regulate gut motility, which is the movement of food and waste through the digestive tract. IBS can cause either constipation or diarrhea, and acupuncture can help restore normal bowel movements.


Relieving stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety are common triggers for IBS symptoms. Acupuncture can help relieve stress and anxiety by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers. This can help alleviate symptoms like abdominal pain and discomfort.


Balancing the nervous system

The nervous system plays a crucial role in regulating digestive functions. Acupuncture can help balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which can help regulate digestive functions and reduce symptoms.


Acupuncture is a safe, effective and non-invasive therapy that can be used in conjunction with other treatments for IBS. If you are interested in trying acupuncture for IBS, contact us today.





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