On this page, you will learn about IBS acupuncture, a needle treatment as alternative therapy for your Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
This is an ancient Chinese art to aid healing and is often described as an alternative medicine in the treatment of symptoms.
Studies tend to favour a placebo response, although few can doubt the improvement seen in quality of life scores in individual people.
It is a therapy that has been around for over 2500 years has not survived because of evidence-based medicine, but as a result of people subjectively deriving benefit.
Studies involving patients have been small, with very mixed results.
However, this shouldn't stop you from exploring this form of treatment.
This form of therapy has various uses, but maybe particularly effective in abdominal pain - the key feature of all symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
It works on meridian lines, the so called energy flow lines. Qi, or energy, flows along these lines and can affect health if interrupted with resultant illness.
The placement of acupuncture needles at various meridian points, redirects the energy and restores 'harmony'. It is the restoration of this harmony that promotes well being.
Energy consists of Yin and Yang. These are the opposites of energy that need to balance. Yin consists of dark, cold, passive and negative energy whereas Yang consists of light, warm, active and positive energy.
An Acupuncturist determines the degree of Yin and Yang in someone with symptoms and then uses pressure sites to re-balance these.
Acupressure is an alternative method of complimentary medicine by exerting pressure rather than needle treatment at these points.
Acupuncture is an alternative or complementary therapy to modern medicine.
It should be considered in complex cases, where standard management strategies have failed, or where an person wants to look at non-medical alternatives.
A qualified Acupuncturist is essential to oversee this and it is very important that you should find a certified specialist in your area.
This will give you confidence that they are providing you with the right information as well as administering the therapy both effectively and safely.
Fortunately this is a very safe form of treatment as the needles used are extremely fine and sterile.
It is rare to suffer ill effects, although localised bruising and rarely skin infections can occur.
If you would like to read more about IBS and acupuncture, there is a very good paper in the Gut journal.