Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to treat digestive diseases and has shown to be effective in modern clinical practice. Research evidence also suggests that acupuncture is more effective than pharmacological treatment in improving symptoms and quality of life in IBS patients
Many patients with IBS get abdominal cramp, discomfort or pain, which comes and goes, and fluctuates with bowel function (typically easing after the bowel action).
IBS is just about the most common disorder of the digestive system with up to one-third of the population experiencing symptoms from time to time.
It is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the GP.
Women are slightly more affected than men and the usual age for patients to seek advice is between 20 and 40 years.
As many as one in eight people have symptoms of IBS at any one time.
Approximately one third of IBS patients suffer from bouts of constipation, one third suffer from bouts of diarrhoea and most other patients don’t fall into a single pattern. The form of IBS that seems to follow gastroenteritis often leads to the diarrhoea type.
Identifying these different types of IBS is important because treatments often work quite differently depending upon whether diarrhoea or constipation is the main problem.
However we do know that the pattern of bowel movements can alter over time and this means that your treatment might need to change should your symptoms vary.
Abnormalities in the brain-gut interaction and gastrointestinal mobility, and visceral hypersensitivity are the main pathophysiological basis of IBS, but their underlying mechanisms have not been fully elucidated.
IBS is also associated with various psychosocial and environmental factors, including early life stress, food intolerance, antibiotic abuse, and intestinal infections.
Pierre jean cousin is the owner and manager of Cure By nature, a well established London acupuncture and complementary practice in Replingham road, Southfields he also works as an acupuncturist and herbalist at the London Kensington Therapy Centre.
London Acupuncture at Cure By Nature: clinics of acupuncture and complementary medicine at 95 Repligham Road London SW18 5LU and 211-213 Kensington High Street London W8 6BD