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IBS: A Complex Condition with Complex Causes

IBS: A Complex Condition with Complex CausesBy J. Matthew Brand, L.Ac.

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, affects an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. population, mostly women. Among the criteria used to diagnose IBS are recurrent abdominal pain for at least three days per month for at least three months; reduced pain after a bowel movement, associated with a change in the frequency of bowel movements; and/or a change in the appearance of the stool. Historically, a diagnosis of IBS is usually made after a healthcare practitioner has ruled out any organic physical bowel disorder such as a hole in the bowel. IBS has been considered a functional bowel disorder, meaning that there is an unknown physical cause of the bowel not functioning properly. The condition is typically divided into three sub-categories: IBS-C, involving constipation; IBS-D, involving diarrhea; and IBS-M, with a mixture of both constipation and diarrhea. More...  

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The Neck’s Link to Shoulder Pain

By Jaseng Center for Alternative MedicineThe Neck's Link to Shoulder Pain

These days it has become common for people to jerk their necks from side to side and to wriggle their shoulders up and down frequently throughout the day, trying in vain to release built up pressure and soreness. This bad habit, which can eventually wear down the cervical vertebrae and the tendons and muscles associated with them, stems from a variety of neck problems. More...


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Ask Dr. MaoQ: Do you believe that colonics work and produce good results?

A: Traditional Chinese medicine relies more on the body’s internal mechanisms to cleanse itself, rather than externally invasive procedures. We tend to use delicately prepared herbal preparations to achieve similar affects as the colonics. However, there are instances where colonics have been used very effectively, especially in conjunction with internal herbal prescriptions. There is a place for proper use of colonics in balance with other internal cleansing modalities.


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