How Does Acupuncture Work in Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
In Part 1 of this series I mentioned that the most frequently asked question at The Acupuncture Wellness Center is how does acupuncture work? I further mentioned that the answer depends on what you are treating and that acupuncture needles do one of the following:
1. Acupuncture Needles affect the muscles and tissue that need treating directly
2. Acupuncture needles promote or inhibit specific functions of the central nervous system.
In the case of IBS some needles will be inserted directly on the area of stomach, small intestine and large intestine. This will help relax any muscle constrictions via the trigger point release mechanism as discussed in Part 1.
In addition, these same needle will increase blood circulation that will help reduce inflammation in the same areas via the mechanism of a histamine reaction also discussed in part 1.
Since most IBS is mentally induced, still other needles will be placed strategically to relax the central nervous system taking it out of the stress mode and putting it into the mode of optimal homeostasis. Since digestion is one of the primary functions to suffer under stress, this allows the digestive process to “re calibrate” and to reestablish neuro-pathways. Thus, optimal digestion is restored to the point where it happens automatically without the use of pharmaceuticals.