Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain and change of bowel habit without organic disease.
IBS is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, yet it is also one of the least well-understood medical conditions.
The currently available pharmacological treatments have limitations in terms of effectiveness, adverse effects, and costs. In response to these limitations, there has been a growing demand for alternative, non-pharmacological treatments for IBS, including acupuncture. As an important part of TCM, acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to treat digestive diseases and has shown to be effective in modern clinical practice. Research evidence also suggests that acupuncture is more effective than pharmacological treatment in improving symptoms and quality of life in IBS patients.
(Reference : Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: study protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled trial : Li-xia Pei, Hao Geng, […], and Jian-hua Sun)