For those who are not familiar with IBS, this is a common intestinal disorder that affects an increasing number of people. Symptoms can include constipation (IBS-C), diarrhea (IBS-D), alternating diarrhea and constipation (IBS-A), cramping, excessive bloating and gas. IBS is a chronic condition that may require long term management. Watching what you eat, lifestyle changes and keeping stress to a minimum can play a large role. Some helpful tips include: mindfulness, not trying to
“do it all”, mediation, yoga, and incorporating daily exercise (a simple walk moves qi and blood aiding in the digestion process). A daily dose of a probiotic can help restore the healthy bacteria in the gut (you can read more about gut health here).
Acupuncture is a popular treatment that can help alleviate the symptoms of IBS because it is non-invasive and does not come with the side effects common to many medications.
IBS can throw a major wrench in your day. It’s stressful to have to keep a tabs on the closest washroom and staying away from platters/goodies at special events can be tricky. Be a trendsetter and offer a healthy choice at gatherings. Your guests will thank you! Did you know that Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world? 5 million Canadians suffer from IBS and 120,000 Canadians are diagnosed with IBS each year!
I will try to explain Traditional Chinese Medicine in an easy to digest way (pardon the pun!)
Although symptoms are assessed on an individual basis, the TCM view is that there is often a disharmony between the liver and spleen. The liver in Chinese medicine is responsible for the smooth flow of substances (Qi & Blood). When there is a disharmony in the liver due to stress or emotional upset this is called Liver Qi Stagnation. TCM views the spleen as key in aiding in digestion and transforming & transporting food into energy (Qi & Blood). The spleen can be weakened due to overeating, unhealthy food choices, fatigue, worry & lack of exercise. This results in the spleen becoming weakened and the liver not flowing smoothly. This is what we call Liver overacting on spleen causing IBS.
Interested in giving acupuncture a try? Most extended insurance plans cover acupuncture, so you’ve got nothing to lose!
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