Irritable Bowel Syndrome, otherwise known as ‘spastic colon’, is a common disorder that affects the colon and causes many disruptive symptoms.
Chinese medical theory equates it to a disharmony in the body, where the energy becomes stagnant through emotions such as frustration, anger, moodiness, and being under stress. It creates tightness in the body, and this encumbers proper digestion. What can result is acid, belching, nausea, abdominal distention and bloating. Diarrhea and/or constipation can also occur, or you may just experience irregular bowel movements.
Easing stress would be the most important aspect of the treatment plan to get to the root of the issue. Acupuncture improves flow in the abdomen and eases stress.
Another common cause of IBS is food sensitivity; many of these symptoms can be managed with a simple change in diet and lifestyle. Eliminating trigger foods has been shown to help symptoms tremendously.
Here are some dietary considerations:
Too many cold, raw vegetables: Eating too many cold, raw vegetables ‘dampens the digestive fire’ and leads to malabsorption. Always cook vegetables and eat them warm.
Cruciferous vegetables and legumes: These are healthy but can cause gas and bloating in sensitive individuals.
Dairy: Lactose intolerance can lead to digestive ailments: Many people have a sensitivity to dairy products. Try eliminating dairy such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, and see if you notice a change in symptoms.
Eating fast, while angry or hurried: When you eat or drink quickly, you might be inhaling too much air and eating too much….eat slowly and mindfully.
Other triggers: Sensitivities might include chocolate, carbonated drinks, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, greasy food, or processed food. Hormonal changes could also be a factor in increased IBS symptoms.
See your medical provider to see if you have IBS and not something more serious.
I can help you by diagnosing the symptoms according to a more eastern perspective, administering acupuncture and adjusting your diet to eliminate triggers that are irritating for your particular constitution.