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IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is the chronic condition of the GI tract, with abdominal pain and altered bowel habits with unidentifiable cause.
It is second to common cold to cause absence from work.
10-20% of general public get it.
15% of people with IBS seek help.
Causes of IBS:
1-Abnormal colonic contractions, some doctors prescribe anti-spasmodic drugs or fiber due to this theory.
2-Following severe GI infections, i.e. Salmonella or Campylobacter
3-Anxiety & stress, and a history of physical, verbal or sexual abuse
4-Food intolerance, allergies i.e. dairy, lactose containing food, legumes, cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts & cabbage, some medications
5-Intestinal nervous over-sensitivity (visceral hyperalgesia). This group of patients respond well to low doses of drugs like imipramine or nortriptyline that decrease the sensations coming from the intestines.
IBS usually begins in young adulthood. Women are twice likely to get it.
Abdominal pain with altered bowel habits are IBS's hallmark.
1-Abdominal pain (cramps mostly in lower left abdomen)
2-Altered bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or alternating diarrhea constipation)
3-Diarrhea (frequent loose stools of small to moderate volume, mostly in am or during day with urgency following by
feeling of incomplete evacuation, some with mucous discharge, diarrhea during sleep is uncommon with IBS)
4-Constipation (Lasting from days to months, stools are hard and pellet-shaped ,some have incomplete evacuation sensation)
5-Other GI symptoms (Bloating, gas, belching, heartburn, reflux, difficulty swallowing, early feeling of fullness with eating, nausea)
6-Outside GI symptoms (frequent and urgent urination, painful menstruation, sexual problems)
Diagnosis of IBS:
Several other bowel related diseases like CD, UC, malabsorption, microscopic eosinophilic colitis, have similar symptoms.
3-Tests (to rule out other diseases)
Treatment of IBS:
2-Control bowel movement
4-Dietary modification (avoid legumes, beans, cabbage, brussels sprout, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, celery, carrots, raisins, bananas, apricot, prunes, sprouts, wheat)
5-Increase dietary fiber
How can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine help IBS?
The root cause of IBS according to TCM, is Spleen Qi deficiency and Liver disharmony with Spleen or Stomach. Another major reason would be the anxiety which mainly affects Spleen.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can improve the Spleen function and regulate the Liver function.
In addition probiotics and some minerals can be prescribed to replenish the intestinal flora, and help resolve IBS faster.
Research on IBS & Chinese Herbs:
An Australian study published in 1998 in the Journal of the American Medical Association lends strong scientific support to treating IBS with Chinese herbs. In this double-blind study, 116 patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome were divided into three groups. One group was given a standard Chinese herbal preparation, a second group was given customized herbal formulas (individually written for each patient), and a third group was given a placebo. Each patient had regular consultations with both a Chinese herbal-medicine practitioner and a gastroenterologist. Both groups taking the Chinese herbs showed significant improvement over the patients taking the placebo. Positive results were reported by both the patients themselves and the gastroenterologists. Although there was improvement in both groups of patients taking herbs, it is important to note that the positive effects were shown to last longer in the group that was given individualized formulas. Only these patients had maintained improvement on a follow-up consultation 14 weeks after completing the treatment.
This study clearly shows that Chinese herbalism is most effective when each patient is treated not only for their condition, but also for their bodily constitution and other presenting symptoms. According to the principles of Chinese medicine, each patient must be treated as an individual. Optimal results will be obtained with both herbs and acupuncture when specific treatments are customized for each patient.
[Journal of the American Medical Association 1998; 280(18): 1585-1589.]
Crohn's disease inflames the lining of your digestive tract, and can cause severe bouts of watery or bloody diarrhea and pain of abdomen.
Crohn's Disease can occur anywhere in the digestive tract, often spreading deep into the layers of affected tissues.
TCM Patterns of Crohns's Disease
Damp Cold Blocking Spleen:
Abdominal distention, preference for warmth & pressing, low appetite, bland taste of mouth abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, headache or body pain, fatigue, pale-dark face
Damp Heat in Spleen and Stomach:
Abdominal distention and pain, bitter mouth or bad breath, smelly stools, burning anus, fever, yellow and scanty urine
Heat Toxin in Intestines:
Fever, chills, right lower abdominal pain with visible swelling, normal urine, constipation
Blood Stagnation in Intestines:
Intestines Swelling of abdomen which is hard to move, fixed pain, chronic diarrhea, dark face
Spleen Qi prolapse:
Watery stools, pale face, weight loss, pale lips and edema, low appetite, fatigue
Acupuncture and TCM approach to the Crohn's Disease:
Acupuncture can be applied to certain channels like Large Intestine and Stomach or Spleen in addition to other channels to regulate the intestines and slow down the inflammatory condition.
Herbal remedies can also be added to the treatment plan to support the Acupuncture treatment and enhance it's effect. Herbs that can regulate bowel movement, reduce heat and blood stagnation and tonify the Spleen Qi, or if cold is a contributing factor herbs that counteract cold accumulation will be used.
If bleeding occurs due to the Crohn's disease acupuncture points and herbs to stop bleeding will be integrated into the treatment plan.
Ulcerative Colitis causes inflammation of the innermost lining of large intestine and rectum. It can cause severe bouts of watery or bloody diarrhea and pain of the abdomen. In ulcerative colitis, blood can be visible in the stool. The bleeding generally comes from the ulcers that exist in the lining of the large intestine or rectum.
TCM Patterns of Ulcerative Colitis:
Damp Heat Stagnation:
Fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, tenesmus, bloody stool
Dampness due to Spleen Qi deficiency:
Chronic diarrhea, low tolerance to the fatty foods, pus and blood in stool and undigested food in stools, low appetite, pale face, fatigue
Liver and Spleen Disharmony:
Diarrhea after abnormal emotional experience, after going to bathroom feeling better or same as before, tenesmus, hypochondriac pain, low appetite, flatus
Acupuncture and TCM approach to the Ulcerative Colitis:
Acupuncture can be applied to certain channels like Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen and Liver in addition to other channels to regulate the intestines and slow down the inflammatory condition.
Herbal remedies can also be added to the treatment plan to support the Acupuncture treatment and enhance it's effect. Herbs that can regulate bowel movement, reduce heat and blood stagnation and tonify the Spleen Qi. Since bleeding occurs due to the Ulcerative Colitis, acupuncture points and herbs to stop bleeding will be integrated into the treatment plan.