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May 21

Chinese Medicine and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

In May we are offering free consultation for digestive disorders. In the last few weeks, we have seen quite a few patients diagnosed or suspected by their doctors to have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In fact, IBS is one of the most commonly seen conditions in Chinese medicine clinics. Patients may present symptoms like abdominal pain or distention (bloating), diarrhoea or constipation. It is often related to stress or certain food.

The exact cause of IBS is still unknown. The diagnosis is descriptive based on Rome Standard, involving ruling out conditions that produce IBS-like symptoms.

These conditions were addressed in Chinese medicine back to 2000 years ago as abdominal pain, constipation and Yu (depression) syndrome. It is related to the imbalance of functional units such as liver, spleen, stomach and intestines. These are differentiated into three categories: liver qi stagnation and spleen deficiency; Yang deficiency of spleen and kidney and Yang Ming heat stagnation.

You will probably feel these Chinese terms confusing, but you may like to know IBS is one of the conditions Chinese medicine can offer great help through acupuncture and herbal medicines. Why don’t you book a no-obligation free consultation before the end of May and we can discuss your conditions in detail and see what Chinese medicine can do to help you.

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