Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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At Starting Point Acupuncture, we specialize in chronic and complex conditions, like IBS. To learn if we can help your case, give our office a call at (425) 686-4498 to schedule your initial consultation. 

 

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Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): What you need to know

Do you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), an estimated 25-45 million people in the United States have IBS (source). This all-too-common disease is characterized by chronic stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, excess gas, and irregular bowel movements. While there’s no known cure for IBS, however, acupuncture may offer relief.

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture involves the placement of thin needles in specific areas of the body, rightfully known as acupuncture points. Acupuncture has been shown to help reset and “reboot” your nervous system. It can also help to increase blood flow and regulate the gut-brain axis aka vagus nerve.

Read Dr. Heintze’s previous post on how acupuncture can help IBS, here.

What do the studies say?

In a recent study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, looking to see if acupuncture could help those diagnosed with IBS compared to standard treatment recommendations of polyethylene glycol and pinaverium bromide. The study used the IBS-Symptom Severity Score as baseline and for outcome assessments. Those receiving acupuncture had 18 sessions over 6-week time period. The study found that acupuncture may be more effective than polyethylene glycol or pinaverium bromide for the treatment of IBS, with effects lasting up to 12 weeks.

At Starting Point Acupuncture, we specialize in chronic and complex conditions, like IBS. To learn if we can help your case, give our office a call at (425) 686-4498 to schedule your initial consultation.


Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She specializes in chronic and complex cases and commonly treats neuropathy, fibromyalgia, migraines, autoimmune, and infertility cases. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free  and Keep Calm and Zen Out available on Amazon.


Sources:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025619620301518

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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
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