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Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 10-20%* of the UK population at any one time causing embarrassment and discomfort to sufferers. Up to 12 million people in the UK are affected by IBS at some time, commonly starting between 15-40 years old. Acupuncture has been found to be very effective in relieving the symptoms of IBS.

IBS is a long-term and often debilitating condition that causes re-occurring pain or discomfort in the abdomen. Bloating, swelling, bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation and feeling sick are common symptoms which can cause misery for sufferers. The exact cause of IBS is unknown; so many sufferers remain undiagnosed or struggle to manage their symptoms.

Traditional acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that recognises the importance of healthy bowels for overall physical and emotional health. Acupuncture therapy understands how emotional stress can combine with physical factors to stagnate the body’s vital energy, known as Qi, resulting in the symptoms of IBS.

“For the first time in years my life is not ruled by IBS, and I feel so fantastic and normal again. Acupuncture has been amazing for me, thank you so much”
Clare from Leeds

Acupuncture moves stagnation and regulates the flow of Qi in order to restore normal bowel function so that your body can properly digest food & eliminate waste products. Acupuncture relieves IBS symptoms by reducing pain, regulating muscular movement & strengthening the digestive tract, reducing anxiety and depression as well as decreasing stress

Bryony’s clinic is based here in Saks at David Lloyd – Call in to book a free chat or to come for a full consultation 07535 999 779

IBS awareness month (April 2013) aims to raise awareness and increase understanding of this very common condition. For further details please go to