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:
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) ".