Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

"Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)" Issue / Symptom Connections

Below you will find various relationships to, and potential clinical treatment approaches for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs).

It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine, treatment for "irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)" is rarely focused on the symptoms exclusively. Alternatively, a practitioner is looking at the factors that led to the development of "irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)" - i.e. the "cause(s)".

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)" is potentially related to one or more of the following diagnostic patterns: kidney yang deficiency, large intestine cold, large intestine damp heat, large intestine dryness, liver qi stagnation, spleen qi deficiency, and/or spleen yang deficiency.

The above patterns are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of patterns in an interwoven blend with their symptoms - some being the cause of an issue and the result of another issue. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View EX Huatuojiaji at L4 (Sides of Spine at L4)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of L4

        L4 innervates the large intestine and is used for a range of colon issues, distention, diarrrhea, constipation, crohn's, IBS and more.  Also useful for low back and/or sciatic pain, weakness in the lower extremities, etc.  Collections of d…
  • View EX Huatuojiaji at L5 (Sides of Spine at L5)

        .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes of L5

        L5 innervates the descending colon and is used for the entire range of bowel issues, hemorrhoids, constipation, IBS, diarrhea, etc.  The huatuo at L1 or L2, however, is often the area that is blocked with this range of issues.  This area m…
  • View UB 21 (Stomach Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with T12.

        Main point for all Stomach related issues in TCM diagnostic terms - harmonizes the stomach, transforms damp and resolves stagnation:  food stagnation, abdominal distention, borborygmus, mouth ulcers, vomiting, belching, nausea, etc. Disso…
  • View UB 25 (Large Intestine Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 3, level with L4.

        Main point for low back pain especially when related to constipation a/or menstruation. Combine with local points such as GV 3, UB 26, Shiqizhui (between L5 and S1), UB 31, UB 32, GB 30 & distal points such as GB 34, GB 39, GB 41, UB 4…

The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches.

For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ".

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