Acupuncture & Acupressure
for
IBS

“Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) describes a collection of symptoms, commonly including chronic abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and altered bowel habits. It is a functional disorder of the intestines, occurring in the absence of visible structural abnormality.”
British Acupuncture Council

Can Acupuncture & Acupressure Help with IBS?

According to the British Acupuncture Council, research has shown that acupuncture & acupressure may benefit IBS symptoms by i) providing pain relief, ii) regulating the motility of the digestive tract, iii) raising the sensory threshold of the gut, iv) increasing parasympathetic (rest & digest) tone, and v) reducing stress caused by IBS symptoms. Read More.

What do I do for clients experiencing IBS?

The following description is illustrative of some common ways that I approach this work. I will always adapt my treatment plan in accord with my findings and always with your consent.

I will start with an assessment to determine the cause of you issues according to Chinese Medicine theory. In the case of IBS, I am likely to start with acupuncture and then follow this with some acupressure massage around your abdomen. If needed, I may also apply moxa to certain points indicated for their influence over the gut.

Acupuncture

When helping with IBS, I will stimulate points around the abdomen as well as points further away on the arms and legs that have been identified as having a therapeutic effect. These needles may be retained for anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. I will then follow this with some needles that are quickly removed as soon as their effect has been felt.

Acupressure Massage

When applying acupressure massage I will commonly start by working on the channels that run down the back of the body, and particularly where they cross over the lower back. This will have a influence over the movement of blood and qi in the abdomen. Then, I will work on the channels in the legs that pass through the abdomen, and finally will come to concentrate on the abdomen itself. In the case of constipation I work to support the natural direction of peristalsis in the gut, and for diarrhoea I work in a counter motion. If needed, I can also use more directed techniques to help address accumulations and knotting in the abdomen.

Moxa

There are a number of instance where warming and tonifying the abdomen can help with IBS symptoms, and if this is the case for you I will apply moxa to the indicated points. This moxa may be placed on slices of ginger or a bed of salt to add even more nourishment to the area.

Need a little help?

The simplest way to get in touch is to call me on 07379 281275 or send a WhatsApp message. I am often in clinic, but please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can use the form below to request a call back at a time to suit you.