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.
- 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.
- High fibre diet
- Avoiding improper food
- Acupuncture and moxibustion
- Herbal medicine
- Tai Chi, Qi Gong
- 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.
|8am||Breakfast – weetbix, diary milk, sugar|
|10am||Fruit & nut muesli bar|
|12:30pm||Abdominal pain & diarrhoea|
|1pm||Take away – stir fried rice noodles & vegetables|
|3:30pm||Black tea & choc biscuit|
|6pm||Green salad & grilled chicken||Bloated|
|7pm||Diarrhoea with mucus|
Foods not recommended
- Fatty foods
- Fried foods
- Diary products – milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc.
- 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.
This program is simple, powerful and (if followed!) can replace the need for acupuncture and Moxibustion treatment.
|7.00am||Walk or exercises for 10 minutes|
|8.00am||High fibre breakfast|
|8.30am||Walk for 10 minutes|
|12.00pm||High fibre lunch|
|12.30pm||Walk for 10 mins|
|6.30pm||High fibre dinner|
|7.10pm||Walk for 20-30 minutes|
Abdominal massage involves 100 gentle circles in each direction.