Treating IBS With Acupuncture

Clients at our Minneapolis clinic are confirming that acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatments offer relief from even the most stubborn digestive problems. Gastro-intestinal complaints account for over 35 million physician office visits a year. Because of the side effects of prescription drugs and their sometimes failed results, many patients are turning to acupuncture for help.

If You Have IBS, You Are Not Alone

It is estimated that IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) affects 9% to 23% people worldwide. Many people are undiagnosed, unaware that they have a medically recognized disorder and have not had any successful treatments for IBS. Truth be told, there is a natural remedy for IBS that has been around for thousands of years.

Chinese Medicine has Treated Digestive Disorders Since 3 A.D.

Historical evidence shows that Chinese medicine has been used for digestive disorders as far back as 3 AD, where specific herbal formulas and acupuncture points for abdominal pain and diarrhea with pain are discussed.

Conditions which respond well to Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine include:

• IBS, IBD
• Crohn’s disease
• ulcerative colitis
• atrophic gastritis
• peptic and gastric ulcers
• gastrointestinal tract bleeding
• intestinal cramps

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating and changes in the bowels (diarrhea, constipation or both, alternating). In some cases the symptoms of these disorders can become severe and can impair quality of life significantly. In spite of the high numbers of people this affects, standard medical methods are limited and many have not received successful treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. So many people choose to pursue complementary or alternative therapies such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Why Is Acupuncture So Popular?

With gastrointestinal disorders, patients are often dissatisfied with conventional options available. Acupuncture can relieve your pain and discomfort and effectively increase internal organ functioning. Many people choose acupuncture to cure their abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea and bloating.

How Does Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Work Scientifically?

A number of modern studies, most of them conducted at China’s leading research and teaching institutes as well as hospital settings, show that acupuncture and herbal medicine can bring about positive internal changes in the human digestive system, including increasing immunoglobulins, T-lymphocytes and serum gastrin.

Stress can have negative effects on your gut, causing increased inflammation. Acupuncture can decrease your stress by modifying the nervous system response.

“I started seeing acupuncturist Steven Sonmore when I was diagnosed with mild IBS. To reduce the pain my only option was antidepressants – I wasn’t happy with that and decided to seek something else. After 4 weeks of acupuncture I am virtually pain free. I am happy that I found Steven at Complete Oriental Medical Care. I would recommend this practice to anyone seeking holistic care.” LeAnna Siegfried, Minneapolis, MN

Schedule your appointment for better digestive health TODAY. Call 612-866-4000.

In Better Health,
Steven Sonmore, Licensed Acupuncturist
www.orientalmedcare.com
612-866-4000

“There are no riches above a sound body.” – The Apocrypha

For more than 20 years, Steven Sonmore, L. AC, Dipl. AC., has been helping people transform their lives and maintain better health through Chinese medicine. Steven is a licensed acupuncturist, Oriental bodywork therapist, and herbalist. He offers complete health care through acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutritional counseling. Steven’s patients come from all different ages and walks of life and he has extensive experience treating a spectrum of dis-ease ranging from physical pain and discomfort to emotional stress and anxiety. His extensive experience is evident by the high success rate he consistently has with patients and is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Steven is also certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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  1. A very clear and positive article. As a fellow practitioner, I njoyed reading it.

  2. Since acupuncture affects the nervous system, I can see it having a positive effect on the intestines. You made a good point about having a series of treatments. Just going once won’t be of much help.

    • You’re right Clara, Acupuncture balances your nervous system. Too often in our fast paced society we are tuned into our sympathetic nervous system or fight and flight syndrome. Acupuncture helps you tune into your relaxation response …which relaxes smooth muscles, helps breathing become deeper and normalizes digestion. Acupuncture is also like exercise in that you see more dramatic results when you get it on a regular basis over a short period of time.

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