Individuals suffering abnormal defecation will have problems surrounding bowel regularity or frequency (too few bowel movements or too many). If bowel movements are too frequent (loose stool or diarrhea), bowel urgency may occur. If bowel movements are too infrequent (constipation), tenesmus (feeling like bowels are not completely empty) is more likely. The other issue surrounding abnormal defecation is abnormal stool quality. Stools may vary in size, shape and texture, from loose to dry and hard, or they may present in pebble shape.
Abdominal pain is very common in individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Abdominal pain frequently includes regular abdominal bloating, gas and feeling full. Abdominal pain may increase or decrease with any number of variables including stress, dietary factors, bowel urgency or constipation, or even the type of clothes worn (tight fitting is usually the worst).
Taken together, the Abnormal bowel movements and Abdominal pain are enough to make anyone miserable. What's worse, IBS can often be unpredictable. An evening out with friends or a work lunceon may feel like a tremendous burden if your bowels are not going to cooperate.
Acupuncture has long been used in the successful treatment of Gastrointestinal Disease, dating back millennia. Acupuncture has more recently been shown to be highly effective at treatment of IBS. In a 2018 Network Meta Analysis evaluating Acupuncture treatment of IBS-D, acupuncture treatment was found to be superior to pharmaceutical drugs, with minimal side effects. Drugs that were compared to acupuncture were: pinaverium bromide, eluxadoline, alosetron, ramosetron, rifaximin, all of which had higher risk/ side effect profiles than acupuncture. For further reading, the above referenced Acupuncture study is available here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5994265/
Chinese Herbal Medicine has likewise been used for thousands of years in the successful treatment of Gastrointestinal disease. More recently, a 2018 Randomized clinical trial compared a traditional Chinese herbal formula vs. Placebo in the treatment of IBS-D. After a 4 week trial, the Chinese herbal medicine group demonstrated results superior to placebo in the treatment of IBS-D, with low side effects. For more reading on the above referenced study, please see: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/apt.14817
At Old Bridge Acupuncture & Wellness, we utilize a unique system of acupuncture and herbal medicine to achieve real results in stubborn, chronic Gastrointestinal symptoms, including those of Irritable Bowel. To have a conversation with us about your unique healthcare needs, please contact us today and begin the first step on your Personalized Bridge to Wellness!