Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 10-20% of the UK population causing embarassment and discomfort to sufferers. Up to 12 million people in the UK are affected by IBS at some time in their lives. Acupuncture has been found to be very effective in relieving the symptoms of IBS.
Acupuncture treatments for IBS have been researched, refined and developed in China for thousands of years and understands how emotional stress can combine with physical factors to stagnate the body’s vital energy, known as Qi, resulting in symptoms of IBS.
By alleviating energy blockages in the body, acupuncture relieves IBS symptoms by reducing pain, regulating muscular movement and strengthening the digestive tract, reducing anxiety and depression as well as decreasing stress.
IBS awareness month (April 2013) aims to raise awareness and increase understanding of this very common condition. For further details please go to www.theibsnetwork.org.
A good acupressure point for you to use to help with stomach ache, indigestion, nausea and anxiety is Neiguan or Inner Pass. This point is in the middle of the inner wrist, two and a half finger widths from the wrist crease, in between the tendons. Press firmly for a couple of minutes on either wrist and it can help!