An estimated 30 to 45 million Americans are affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome; it is one of the most frequent health complaints that we treat at Active Health.

Primary Symptoms of IBS

  • abdominal pain and/or cramping
  • bloating and gas
  • constipation
  • diarrhea

To understand how holistic treatment with acupuncture and nutritional guidance can help, we must first look at the causes. 

Possible Causes

  • Stress
  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Food Sensitivities or Allergies
  • Chemical Sensitivities
  • Parasites
  • Hormones
  • Candida and IBS
  • Genetic Predisposition

Before beginning treatment, one of our holistic clinicians will do a thorough history and evaluation.  Based on the doctors findings, further testing may be needed to include: allergy testing, blood testing for immune markers of the gut and gluten sensitivity, urine analysis of serotonin and dopamine*, and stool analysis can be done to identify parasites.

Once the cause has been identified the doctors will create a customized program based on your individual needs. These treatment methods may include:

  1. Acupuncture – helps control bowel spasms, stress and provides pain relief
  2. Nutritional Counseling – to remove the foods from the patient’s diet which irritate the gut
  3. Dietary Supplements, Homeopathic Remedies and Herbs, Pre and Probiotics, Pro yeast – helps reduce inflammation to improve digestive function
  4. Massage and biofeedback  – helps reduce the stress and anxiety of associated with IBS
  5. Exercise – helps balance the neruo connection between the brain and gut and promotes proper colon function

Only a holistic wellness practice that includes acupuncture, nutritional counseling, customized nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies and other holistic methods can offer a complete approach to help resolve the pain and discomfort of IBS, give us a call today, 847-739-3120 and start feeling well tomorrow.

*Emerging science has shown a possible connection between Irritable Bowel Syndrome and two neuro markers tied to the brain and gut., serotonin and dopamine.

Sources:

http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/digestiveproblems/a/IBS.htm

http://www.webmd.com/ibs/alternative-therapies

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