IBS Relief

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Western medicine categorises IBS as a functional disorder not a disease.  Chinese medicine is particularly effective at treating disorders of function in the body.

IBS Facts

  • Affects more females than males
  • About 15% of the adult population suffers from IBS.
  • Emotional stress and mental tension related
  • Allergies or allergic body constitution related.

 

Holistic Treatment

  • High fibre diet
  • Avoiding improper food
  • Acupuncture and moxibustion
  • Herbal medicine
  • Tai Chi, Qi Gong
  • Meditation
  • Psychological counselling
  • Stress management
  • Abdominal massage
  • Exercises, walk after meals
  • Social activities
  • Good sleep
  • Regulating menstruation

 

Keep a Diary

One month diary of food intake and bowel movements necessary to determine what affect (if any) food intake has on the bowel.

Example:

 

20/05/2004FoodBowel Action
6am Loose stool
8amBreakfast – weetbix, diary milk, sugar 
10amFruit & nut muesli bar 
12:30pm Abdominal pain & diarrhoea
1pmTake away – stir fried rice noodles & vegetables 
3:30pmBlack tea & choc biscuit 
6pmGreen salad & grilled chickenBloated
7pm Diarrhoea with mucus
10pmOrange 
11pm Burping

Foods not recommended

 

  • Fatty foods
  • Fried foods
  • Diary products – milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc.
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated drinks – soft drink

 

Recommended TCM  treatment protocol

 

Initial 4 weeks:

Acupuncture & Moxibustion treatment twice per week for the first two weeks, then once a week in Week 3 & 4.

Daily intake of herbal medicines over 4 weeks.

Self Management

 

This program is simple, powerful and (if followed!) can replace the need for acupuncture and Moxibustion treatment.

 

 

TimeActivity
6.30amAbdominal massage
7.00amWalk or exercises for 10 minutes
8.00amHigh fibre breakfast
8.20amAbdominal massage
8.30amWalk for 10 minutes
12.00pmHigh fibre lunch
12.20pmAbdominal massage
12.30pmWalk for 10 mins
6.30pmHigh fibre dinner
7.00pmAbdominal massage
7.10pmWalk for 20-30 minutes
10.00pmAbdominal massage

 

Abdominal massage involves 100 gentle circles in each direction.

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