Can acupuncture treat IBS?

Yes, it can!

As an Acupuncturist every year I treat hundreds of patients who come in with various symptoms of IBS having heard of how this ancient medicine might help them in a drug-free way.

Acupuncture is thriving in the US due to its high-efficiency rates. I see the truth of this over and over in my practice with IBS patients as they start getting relief of symptoms within a few treatments. Symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and general discomfort start dissipating as healing of impaired gut function begins.

Is it a Miracle?

No. Your body is the miracle! With IBS or any illness, the body has veered away from health many times because of poor lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, stress or unknown causes. Acupuncture treatments gently guide the body toward optimal conditions for self-healing. With each precise placement of these tiny needles, the body activates its healing processes: balancing the energy of the body which in turn increases blood circulation, decreases inflammation, relaxes muscles, releases endorphins and increases immunity overall. This creates an optimal environment for healing in the body. For IBS patients the acupuncture treatments are focused on creating that healing environment in the gut.

Acupuncture effects are cumulative therefore each treatment produces more and more of these powerful healing effects. It is also deemed to be effective as a means of reducing stress, anxiety, and insomnia which are often triggers for IBS. After repeated treatments, the gut can begin healing, what took years to develop as an array of IBS symptoms, back to its proper function.

Acupuncture sees each person as an Individual with their own unique health history and focuses on treating the individual and not a disease. It also takes into account all factors which can disrupt health like diet, lack of movement and emotions. An acupuncturist can very often get to the root cause of symptoms and provide treatment which culminates in a reduction if not complete elimination of symptoms. Due to differences in immunity and overall health everybody’s healing rates vary as to how many treatments are needed for optimal healing and a reduction of symptoms.
What I find is that most patients choose to follow a maintenance plan after their symptoms have become manageable.

I have seen many patients achieve relief for IBS symptoms through their healing transformation with Acupuncture. Along with food therapy and stress management, acupuncture provides patients with a decrease in symptoms and an increase in overall health.

Resources that can help:

You can see Cynthia at Total Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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About the Author

Cynthia Piscopo, LAC, is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, certified in Mayan abdominal massage, and specializing in pain management and women’s health. She also has a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology from NYU. Cynthia has been working for Total Health since 2014. She keeps up to date with the research and innovation that goes into developing new healing practices. Her main goal as an acupuncturist for Total Health is to alleviate patients’ pain using natural medicine. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her daughter, meditating and yoga.



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