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.
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):
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). For a complete list from our store with more details see our irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) formula section.
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The following (2) acupuncture points may be useful for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.
Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet. Roundworms may be observed in vomit.
Also has a broader application in chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold. Symptoms may be chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain (often that is better w/heat).
With parasites the tongue and pulse are less critical, with chronic conditions the Tongue may be red with a white coating.