Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also called functional bowel syndrome, irritable colon, spastic bowel and spastic colon. IBS is an intestinal disorder involving abdominal pain and abnormal bowel movements. It is one of the most common disorders in America with no biomedical explanation or cure. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Most people have mild symptoms. IBS symptoms may be worse in patients who have stress or mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Symptoms may include:

Abdominal distention
Abdominal fullness, gas, bloating
Abdominal pain
Chronic and frequent constipation, usually accompanied by pain
Chronic and frequent diarrhea, usually accompanied by pain
Emotional distress
Loss of appetite

IBS affects 1 in 5 (20%) Americans and occurs more often in women than in men. Western medicine treats IBS with anti-spasmodic or anti-diarrhea medication, diet modification and stress reduction techniques, which merely provides symptomatic relief without fixing the root of the problem. Other than conventional western medicine, IBS responds extremely well to traditional Chinese medical treatment. TCM includes Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. The goal of TCM is to restore balance to the body and to treat the root cause of IBS, thereby eliminating the symptoms and also preventing the condition from recurring. This approach gives TCM a special advantage over the western medicine therapies that focus on merely providing temporary symptomatic relief. If you would like to pursue acupuncture & Chinese herbal treatment or information, please contact Xiaoyan.
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