Finally, a Natural Remedy for IBS! Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a complex disorder in which the intestines lose their ability to efficiently move their contents. Symptoms of IBS may include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. Less common symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Symptoms may be triggered by stress, diet, emotional factors, hormone levels and medications. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer a safe, effective, natural and drug-free way to address IBS. According to Chinese medicine, the body is like a garden that must be cultivated and maintained in order to grow strong and remain healthy. Good health happens when all the body’s organs are healthy and working together. How does your garden grow? According to Chinese medical theories, there are several possible causes for IBS. One of these is a malfunctioning spleen. The spleen is the organ in charge of digestion and assimilation of foods and liquids. A primary function of the spleen is to produce blood from the food it breaks down and to convert it into usable energy to power your body. If your spleen isn’t properly cared for, the body’s energy levels will not be supported and illness may occur. In addition if your liver or kidneys are compromised added stress will be placed on the spleen and you may suffer alternating diarrhea and constipation, bloating, gas, headaches, incontinence, cold limbs, weak knee and a sore back. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can determine a clear picture of the root malfunction that may be causing the IBS symptoms. Your acupuncturist will complete a thorough examination to determine a plan for treatment to first address the symptoms and second address the root cause of the IBS. Your acupuncturist may also suggest adjunct therapies such as herbs and dietary changes to maximize your healing. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can prove a safe, natural, drug-free and effective way to remedy IBS.