IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, no specific category exactly fits the modern time syndrome referred as IBS. This condition would have been categorising as their particular symptoms such as stomach pain, constipation and diarrhoea etc.
Chinese Medicine follows the holistic ideology and that each organ is intimately connected to each other to function in harmony. Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects the large and small intestines in Western Medicine, but in Chinese medicine, the Spleen, Liver, Kidney and Large Intestine can all play a role in the pattern of disharmony.
Under normal conditions:
There are several common patterns in Traditional Chinese Medicine relating to disharmony in IBS:
The patterns of disharmony mentioned above may even appear in combination and treatment must be adjusted appropriately. In any severe case of IBS, TCM will be customised for the individual, and traditional herbal formulae will be modified for the patient.
Treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture combined for IBS aims to eliminate the underlying cause of the condition by relieving stress, bringing the body into balance, improving bowel function, increasing immunity against infection, and promoting health in general.