A recent journal article published in the ‘World Journal of Gastroenterology‘ has shown Acupuncture to be effective in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
6 studies from 1966 to 2013 were reviewed and a statistical significance was found. Basically for any therapy to pass a clinical study, there needs to be a big enough difference statistically between the control and treatment groups, for it to be deemed effective. This large review showed that not only did these studies meet the standards, but that Acupuncture was quite effective in treating IBS. Also published on HealthCMI, the study showed Acupuncture to have a 96.7% total effectiveness rate. with 65% of participants demonstrating a “marked effect”. Meaning they had a good improvement in their symptoms, whilst another 30% had a very good improvement.
For many years the emphasis of my clinic has been digestive support. I see on a regular basis how useful Acupuncture can be for IBS, and other digestive problems. It is refreshing to see evidence published in a western medical journal. Remember, a healthy digestion is critical to your entire health, it is the source of all our energy. It powers our muscles, enriches fertility and supports your hormones. Given that the problem with the modern diet isn’t the availability of food, but good quality food. With modern society being so time poor, it is no wonder a mix of constant stress and poor eating habits is weakening our digestions. This is why IBS is becoming such a widespread problem.
Now Acupuncture is finally a proven alternative therapy for IBS, As quoted from HealthCMI:
‘The researchers concluded that acupuncture is both safe and effective noting that, “No serious adverse events associated with acupuncture were reported in the articles.” They added that one study “showed that improvement in pain in IBS was positively associated with increased parasympathetic tone in the acupuncture group.” This finding indicates that acupuncture regulates the parasympathetic nervous system.’
– Updated May 22nd 2015 –
Another research paper has shown how the combined use of Acupuncture and Moxibustion can have a significant benefit to people suffering IBS-D. IBS can be broken in to 3 types of symptoms:
IBS-A = Alternating Stools
IBS-C = Constipation
IBS-D = Insidious attacks of diarrhoea
This particular study was on type D, and found to be quite effective, and even some participants experienced a complete recovery. Though it isn’t stipulated for long after the study they were monitored. Still, it does show how useful Acupuncture can be for IBS sufferers. The study also calls for more research in the other types of IBS to see if Acupuncture can be just as effective. You can read about the Chinese Medicine theory behind Irritable Bowel Syndrome in my digestive health section, to learn how we explain IBS symptoms and pathology.
I will keep this article updated as more information is published.