you have any recommendations for treating someone with irritable bowel
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS
is a relatively new condition reflecting the current socioeconomic status of
our population. It is categorized as autoimmune condition in which the
intestinal infrastructure is irritated due to an overactive immune system.
In my practice, we treat these types of conditions with good results.
Traditional Chinese Medicine does not classify these conditions, but instead
looks at the entire body, the person, and their mental, physical and
emotional states. These all play a key role in these new conditions.
Lifestyle and dietary recommendations include the following:
1. Avoid stress, as it is a major contributor to
2. Do not ingest stimulating foods and drinks, including coffee and alcohol
and do not smoke.
3. Do not eat gas-producing foods, such as onions, beans, cabbage, broccoli,
and so on. Eat polished white rice—brown rice might cause irritation.
4. Since IBS is a motility problem, some Chinese herbs can help, including
atractylodes, salvia, and licorice.
5. A daily ten-minute abdominal massage is also helpful: with open palm,
massage the abdomen in a round motion beginning at the lower right quadrant,
moving to the lower left quadrant.
A licensed acupuncturist can provide specific diagnosis and prescribe a
suitable treatment plan to help with the symptoms of IBS.
Doctor question was answered by:
Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
from his website: