Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Professionals in the medical field have different views on the usefulness of acupuncture for irritable bowels.

Acupuncture has been used in several cultures for many years, to help with treating a wide range of illnesses. Acupuncture treatment is used for weight loss, infertility, allergies, diabetes, tinnitus and acne. The question is how much of this really works?

Acupuncture treatment involves five major methods. The one that comes to mind first with many people is needling. Eletropuncture uses electricity and needles at acupoints. Practitioners also use moxibustion, which involves using an herb to heat acupoints. Auricular therapy requires the insertion of intradermal needles on acupuncture points in the ear. Laser therapy is ideal for people who do not want needles for whatever reason. Laser light is utilized to stimulate the acupoints.

Accupuncture and moxing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With irritable bowel syndrome, individuals may have constipation, diarrhea, bloating or abdominal cramps. The condition is often treated with anti diarrheal medication or changes in the diet. Physicians may also prescribe fiber supplements or laxatives.

A review that was published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that acupuncture worked well in some cases of irritable bowel cases. In fact, for some people, this kind of treatment was far more effective than other methods. The doctors did not see enough evidence to say that acupuncture could definitely work for a significant number of people.

Persons who are considering using acupuncture for any kind of treatment should bear in mind that they may have bruising at the puncture sites. Health insurance does not usually cover treatment so people who use it will have to pay for it on their own. It is also important to find a real acupuncturist. Some of the people who claim to be trained in the technique are tricksters.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this information. Learned a lot. Except for the use of needles, I didn’t know that there were other methods of acupuncture.
    Great article!

  2. Thanks Safa ;-)

  3. I’ve heard some good reports about accupuncture. Thanks, for this very, nicely written article. Good job!

  4. Thank you Kharla.

  5. didn’t know acupuncture could be used like this too. It’s super in treating aches and pains

  6. It’s something to consider.

  7. Thanks for sharing that Avissado.

  8. Hi Tulan

  9. Amazing - i have IBS - never thought to get acupuncture. here goes…

  10. I hope you heal soon.

  11. Thanks for the info

  12. I know there are many benefits of acupuncture, but don\’t know that it helps in bowel problem too, very helpful info here about acupuncture, Sharifa, well written.

  13. Thanks Star ;-)

  14. You’re welcome Eunike.

  15. The sight of the needle would cure me cheers

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