Gastrointestinal health can be vital for feelings of good health. If your digestion system isn’t functioning properly it may disrupt your emotions, hormone levels, sleep cycle or physical ability due to discomfort.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common pattern of disharmony we see in clinic. Traditional Chinese Medicine finds and aims to treat the root of the problem opposed to only treating the symptoms of the disease. We take into consideration emotional disturbances (i.e. stress or hormonal imbalances), dysfunctions between internal organs; your current eating habits, nutritional choice of food or whether there is an overall weakness of the digestive system. Our main focus with IBS in our clinic is understanding that stress can cause pain flare up's / aggravate a diagnosis of IBS. That being said, our treatments help assist with stress reduction to better cope and manage pain. Acupuncture is known to assist pain, stress and fatigue and this is the approach we take - we focus on areas we know we can assist with that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Common Symptoms of IBS:
We aim to provide you with quality care by providing education about your condition from a Chinese Medicine perspective and the effects lifestyle and food choices may have on your digestion. We aim to harmonize your internal organs and digestive symptoms to help improve your digestive function. By helping restore your body back to balance may contribute to a better quality of life with less discomfort mentally, emotionally and physically.
The overall evidence supporting IBS is ongoing and inconclusive. Due to being Insufficient evidence and unclear we highly recommend referrals to Integrative Doctors, Gynaecologists, Naturopaths or Nutritionalists to help address any dietary or lifestyle habits thats may be contributing to discomfort. They will also be able to assist with parasite testing, food allergy testing, and referral for any blood tests or internal investigations to better help understand your presenting condition.
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