WE CAN HELP YOUR CHRONIC ABDOMINAL PAIN
Approximately 15 percent of Americans suffer from
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), making it the second
leading cause --- next to the common cold of work
and school absenteeism.
IBS is more prevalent in women and is characterized
by chronic abdominal discomfort or pain and alternating
bowel habits that include chronic diarrhea or chronic
constipation. IBS may also manifest one or more
of the following symptoms: abdominal bloating, mucous
in the stool, a sudden and urgent need to evacuate
the bowels and sensation of incomplete elimination.
Regular western treatment for IBS may include antispasmodic
medication to relieve pain, fiber laxatives and/or
stool softeners, and the use of enzymes to eliminate
food that causes discomfort. Unfortunately, even
with medications, many patients will continue to
experience symptoms of varying degrees.
Many factors contribute to IBS, causing motility
disturbance (when food doesn’t move properly
through the gastrointestinal tract), such as eating
too many cold foods/drinks, frozen foods, raw foods,
etc. Emotions also have a great impact on digestive
organs. The physical body becomes more sensitive
to the pain from changes in emotional state. Many
scientific studies already show that IBS patients
have hypersensitive nerve endings in their gut.
Working on lifestyle changes which support mind
and body is the best way to manage IBS. Acupuncture
treatment is based upon soothing this “brain-gut”
mechanism to relieve the pain and discomfort of
If you have further questions about how we can
help or to schedule an appointment, please feel
free to contact us.
Biao Lu, L.Ac., O.M.D.
Shiao-Ting Jing, L.Ac., O.M.D.