02. March 2017 · Comments Off on Foods to Avoid As Well As Foods to Recommend for Irritable Bowel Syndrome · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

People who have been experiencing alternating diarrhea and constipation, pain, excessive gas, and stomach bloating may be interested to know that their symptoms may be due to exacerbated stress. Other symptoms that commonly accompany those primary symptoms include weakness, palpitations, back pain, faintness, headache, fatigue, and heartburn. If most of these apply to you, then you are one among the 20 million Americans who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS.

What is IBS?

IBS is a functional motility disease affecting the large and small intestines without causing real structural damage to the intestines. This condition is usually not dangerous and does not lead to more extreme diseases such as malignancy (however, there might be a relationship between IBS and the beginning of diverticulosis). Knowing the factors that aggravate the condition and knowing how to control the stressors can bring about positive outcomes.

Factors that cause and aggravate IBS include hormones, drugs, diet, or, emotional stresses such as resentment, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior, hysteria, and depression. Typical psychosocial situations related to IBS are excessive anxiety over daily matters, over worrying, death of a loved one, or marital discord. IBS is a condition that affects people around the ages of 20 to 40 and affects women more than men (3:1 to men). Some experts believe that aggressive childhood toilet training can result in people who are fastidious, punctual, narrow minded and who suffer from severe bowel problems.

General Eating Principles for IBS Sufferers:

• Select the proper food combinations: avoid a combination of protein, sugar, starch. Also avoid consuming several kinds of foods at one time. Eat just one kind of starch per meal. Instead of raw vegetables, consume steamed vegetables.
• Slowly eat your foods. Chew your foods well. Never eat while watching TV or reading and eat in a peaceful atmosphere
• Consume a high fiber diet and foods with high complex carbohydrates

Recommended Foods:

• Rice porridge, banana, ripe peaches minus the skin, applesauce, grated raw apple, papaya, grated raw apple, papaya, steamed squash and zucchini, flax seed tea, figs, pumpkin, squash, mashed and steamed parsnips, okra, cooked carrots, and potato broth.

• Flax seed powder, psyllium seed powder, slippery elm gruel, miso soup

• Foods rich in water-soluble fiber: Some IBS sufferers may benefit from fiber. The following are that have fiber that are less likely to provide sensitivity reactions and the likeliest to provide benefits – vegetables, brown rice, legumes, oat bran, guar gum, pectin, flax seed, rye, barley, and psyllium seed husks. In most cases wheat bran usually exacerbates the condition and is ineffective in lessening inflammation and irritation.

• Foods rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids: flaxseed oil, black currant, oil, evening primrose oil, cold water fish, seed oils, and vegetable, nut.

Foods Not Recommended for IBS Sufferers

Despite the fact that real food allergies occur less than previously claimed, the occurrence of food intolerance or sensitivities IBS sufferers seems to be substantial with the reduction of symptoms when the food in question is removed from the diet; some scientists think that the aggravations caused by food reactions are likelier to happen when at least 3.5 oz. of the harmful food is consumed on every day.

Foods that most commonly provoke IBS symptoms include foods that contain carrageenan, dairy, corn, and wheat. Other foods to avoid include salty foods, rich foods, fatty foods, spicy foods, hot sauces, alcohol, oranges, caffeine, coffee, legumes, soybeans, corn, processed and refined foods, sweet foods, sugar, meat, and peanuts.

One of the most important components in an IBS comprehensive treatment program is obviously diet. Stress releasing techniques, herbal therapies, acupuncture and other modes of treatment all help promote the normal functioning of the digestive tract. People will be deprived of the quality and energy in life without a properly functioning digestive system.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

06. June 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for IBS · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

More and more people are now availing of acupuncture therapy for the treatment of their condition. Even for IBS sufferers, acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary and alternative therapies to help allay their symptoms.

What is Acupuncture?

The ancient healing art of acupuncture is actually a component of an ancient medical codex known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which also comprises Tui Na (Chinese massage), Tai Chi and Chinese herbal therapy among many others. Acupuncture is designed to bring back health by enhancing and restoring balance to the vital energy in the body known as qi. Acupuncture helps bring back proper function to organ systems of the body including the vessels, nerves, glands, muscles and other major organs.

How Are IBS Symptoms Treated With Acupuncture?

As mentioned a while ago, acupuncture helps improve body functions by restoring balance to qi which travels through the 14 major energy pathways known as meridians in the body. A patient suffering from IBS often manifests qi weakness in the large intestine, kidney, liver, lung and spleen meridians. These meridians then are the ones targeted for treatment by the acupuncturist. However, the acupuncturist will also need to consider the patient’s unique constitution and his specific symptoms to determine what proper course of treatment to follow.

The following IBS symptoms can be readily treated with acupuncture:

Abdominal pain
Muscle cramps

Besides these, acupuncture is great in alleviating stress and all other negative factors that cause IBS symptoms to develop. These factors include:

Menstrual cramps
PMS or premenstrual syndrome

To generate enhanced flow of chi in the meridians, the acupuncturist utilizes ultra-thin, sterile and single-use needles into acupuncture points in the skin. Just below these acupuncture points lie the meridians that correspond with the major organs in the body. How far the needles are inserted into the skin depends on the patient’s muscle thickness.

The needles do not elicit pain once they are inserted into the body and after a very short while the patient will begin to feel the effects of the treatment. After the needles are inserted into the skin, the acupuncturist may manipulate the needles to generate the desired effects. Sometimes the needles are connected to an electrical generating machine via wires to better stimulate the meridian. The needles are left in place for as short as 5 minutes to as long as an hour. After the needles are removed all sensations brought about by the needles disappear.

Besides the needling process, acupuncturists also can use moxibustion for IBS. Moxibustion is a procedure that uses mugwort herb that is burned above specified acupoints. It is believed that this treatment penetrates deeper into the body compared to the acupuncture needles.

Despite the abundant empirical evidence of acupuncture relieving many kinds of symptoms and balancing energy in the body, Western medicine thinks that acupuncture treatment merely helps release pain-killing chemicals like endorphins to alleviate pain and discomfort and improves the flow of blood to help better symptoms. Although how acupuncture really works seems to be still a mystery, abundant evidences show that a lot of IBS sufferers have gained relief from symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, cramping and abdominal pain with acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a very safe treatment option but you need to talk to your doctor first before trying it out. You need to know that acupuncture treatment may entail multiple sessions before you start to experience its more substantial effects. Lastly, you need to look for a licensed acupuncturist who has experience treating your specific condition.