Irritable Bowel syndrome is a chronic disorder that interferes with the normal functions of the colon. IBS affects up to 20% of the population. It is more common in women than men, and is often diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 50. It can, and does, affect people in other age groups as well.
The primary symptoms related to IBS include:
Origin of IBS
The origins of IBS are not well understood. The symptoms can arise from various combinations of the following factors:
Using Chinese Medicine to Treat IBS
At Bodyscapes, the treatment of IBS includes a number of different therapies:
Bob is a 54 year old man that came in to see me for the treatment of a number of different conditions. He was diagnosed with IBS and was also pre-diabetic, had elevated cholesterol levels, suffered from fatigue, and was overweight. He was treated two times per week for approximately 3 months using the above therapies. At the end of three months, he went back to his doctor and had another round of blood tests done. All of his blood work came back normal! His IBS symptoms completely disappeared and he lost 40 lbs. during the course of his treatment. Bob was very compliant with all of the nutritional recommendations I gave him, received his treatments regularly, and took his herbs as I prescribed them for him. He still does not feel completely rested after a night's sleep, but we feel that is due to his lengthy work hours - up to 72 hours per week.
Before receiving Chinese medicine for the treatment of IBS, you should be properly diagnosed by your medical doctor. You should not diagnose yourself with IBS. If you experience symptoms suggestive of IBS, seek a thorough medical evaluation to rule out other potentially serious conditions.
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