IBS affects between 10% and 20% of the UK population. Once underlying diseases have been ruled out and a diagnosis of IBS reached, mainstream medicine tends to focus on medication and diet advice. Medications are not always very effective and can cause significant side effects.
I frequently treat patients with IBS. Their symptoms may include abdominal pain, bloating, cramps, constipation, diarrhoea and excessive wind.
For information about the evidence base for acupuncture treatment of Bladder and Bowel problems, please view the fact sheets on the BAcC website. Please remember I am not endorsing treatment from any particular BAcC members.
PTNS for Faecal Incontinence
I can provide an acupuncture version of Percutaneous Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS). PTNS has been recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) as being effective for some types of faecal incontinence. For more information see the NICE patient information sheet and for further information please contact me directly.
How acupuncture can help bowel problems
The causes of IBS are unclear, but it seems that problems arise when nerves in the bowel become hyperactive. This leads to excessive muscle contractions and pain. It is thought that acupuncture works by reducing nerve hypersensitivity, regulating the nerve signals that control muscle contractions, and relaxing the colon. Finally, acupuncture’s general relaxing effects can help reduce stress-related IBS symptoms.
To find out more, please contact me.