GUT A PROBLEM? (IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a digestive disorder that affects the small and large intestines. With IBS, your gut becomes more sensitive, and the muscular contractions of your intestines don’t work the way they should.
In Western Medicine, diagnosis of IBS is done by a process of elimination. Doctors only make the determination when diagnostic tests rule out known causes to a patient’s digestive complaints.
Chinese Medicine is an excellent alternative for this condition where Western Medicine provides minimal treatment options and no answers.
We explore diet and lifestyle first then tie them in with a specific diagnostic “syndrome”. Some different syndromes in Chinese Medicine include:
Spleen Qi Deficiency: Symptoms include loose stools, low energy, bloating and abdominal pain relieved by pressure.
Spleen and Liver Disharmony: Symptoms are worse during times of emotional stress. Constipation and pain become exacerbated in the lower abdomen.
Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency: Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain and loose stools often aggravated by eating cold, raw foods. Patients presenting these symptoms will often have a cold constitution and may have cold hands and feet.
The great thing about Chinese Medicine is the holistic approach in order to treat the individual effectively and stop symptoms from reappearing. Treatment is focused on reducing and clearing symptoms along with addressing initial causes such as lifestyle, stress and eating habits.
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