Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Basics

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder characterized by a dysfunctional large bowel. Symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, irregular bowel movements, mucus in the stool, abdominal pain, cramping and bloating. Several factors and conditions can affect the functionality of the bowel, such as celiac disease (a condition that prevents the proper digestion of gluten), sensitive large intestine, or infection.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

What Patterns Are Related To Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs):

Kidney Yang DeficiencyLarge Intestine ColdLarge Intestine Damp HeatLarge Intestine DrynessLiver Qi StagnationSpleen Qi DeficiencySpleen Yang Deficiency

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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs):

4 Points Are Empirically Important For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The Following (2)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Tong Xie Yao Fang Wan (Important Pills for Painful Diarrhea / Calm Wind Pills)

Clinical Usages

  • Diarrhea, particularly with abdominal cramping.
  • Diarrhea with alternating constipation.

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    Wu Mei Wan (Mume Fruit Pill)

    Clinical Usages

    • Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet.  
    • Chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold.

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