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How does acupuncture help IBS-D symptoms?

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Acupuncture is a Chinese treatment that’s been around for centuries. An acupuncturist or therapist will insert very thin needles into the surface of your skin at particular points. It’s supposed to stimulate and regulate your flow of energy -- you may hear it called “qi” -- to ease pain and anxiety. Acupuncture may ease your stress and help you relax. That can help your IBS-D symptoms from flaring up. It may also calm stomach pain and muscle spasms in your gut.

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. American Family Physician. September 1, 2012.

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility, 2004.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 18, 2020

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. American Family Physician. September 1, 2012.

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility, 2004.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 18, 2020

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