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Combinations of Therapies Offers Help for IBS


Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a digestive problem that includes symptoms such as:

  • abdominal pains
  • cramping
  • bloating
  • constipation
  • diarrhea

Stress and different forms of anxiety can cause a lot of complications for people who are diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also referred to as IBS. When the body is under a lot of stress the intestines to will tense up which will cause abnormal movement and formation of the intestines. With the intestines tense and out of normal form it will cause the person with Irritable Bowel Syndrome to experience a lot of abdominal cramping and other uncomfortable symptoms. There are therapies offered to people suffering from IBS such as:

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • hypnotherapy
  • psychotherapy

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicines have been shown in many studies to be very successful in helping to aid in reducing and, sometimes stopping symptoms for people diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Chinese herbal medicines are usually known to:

  • give calming effect
  • reduce anxiety
  • reduce muscle spasms in the intestines
  • reduce abdominal cramping
  • helps body to digest normally

Using Chinese herbal medicine is rather easy to do and is natural, which makes it a very healthy alternative. Chinese herbal medicine works by taking different types of herbs and mixing them together to meet each individual symptom. Peppermint has been used to calm the muscles in the stomach and give a soothing effect. The flower Chamomile is also used in Chinese herbal medicine. Chamomile is used to cease intestine spasms and tension. Another herb used is Ginger, which is used to clear up bad stomach cramps, while also helping the body with digestive problems.


Acupuncture is when a trained professional uses thin needles to stimulate acupuncture points in the body. Acupuncture often gets used with Chinese herbal medicines. Many believe that getting acupuncture will help to balance out your bodies chi, and help you stay in a relaxed state of mind. Acupuncture has been known to help such symptoms as:

  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • abdominal pain
  • muscle cramping
  • constipation
  • diarrhea


Hypnosis is used to help people relax and become less aware of their surroundings. Usually hypnosis shows to not be very effective to people over the age of 50 because a person has to be willing to concentrate and focus on what the hypnotist is instructing for them to do. Once a person is in the hypnotic state, it is believed that they are more willing to relax and listen to ways to make relaxation a part of their everyday life. Relieving stress is a big step in preventing symptoms of IBS.


Psychotherapy is when a trained professional helps to find where a persons stress and anxiety is stemming from. By finding out what makes a person with IBS feel stressed, they can help you try to overcome whatever it is that triggers stress and anxiety. Most professionals will ask questions regarding the persons childhood, and also ask questions about everyday life.


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