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like a garden that must be cultivated and maintained in order to grow strong and remain healthy. Good health happens when all of the organs and meridian systems are balanced and working together.


How does your garden grow?

According to Chinese medical theories, there are several possible causes for IBS.


One of these is an imbalance of the spleen. The spleen is the organ in charge of digestion and assimilation of foods and liquids. One of the main functions of the spleen is to aid in the production of spleen Qi. Spleen Qi is the energy that provides power and nourishment for the entire body.


Another function of the spleen is to produce blood from the food it breaks down and to convert it into usable energy to power your body. If your spleen isn't properly cared for, the body's energy levels will not be supported and illness may occur.


The spleen is easily affected and weakened by poor eating habits and diet, antibiotics, excessive worry, or a weak constitution. When a weakened spleen cannot metabolize or process food efficiently, "dampness" appears in the body. Dampness occurs when rotting, undigested food sits in the gut, causing a variety of symptoms. If dampness "rises" to your head, you may experience headaches, a "foggy" feeling and an inability to concentrate. Over time, dampness can lead to bloating, fullness and loose stools.


Another possible scenario is an imbalance in the liver. According to Chinese medicine, the liver is associated with emotional health. Stress and anger directly influence the function of your liver. Alcohol, drugs and medication, or poor diet further compromise its function. When this happens, your liver energy overflows, in a figurative sense, and attacks the spleen. If your spleen is already weakened, it can be easily overcome. The result can be stress-induced IBS.


If your liver is compromised, you may experience alternating diarrhea and constipation, as well as bloating, gas, headaches, and dull pain. In this case, your liver may be the root of the problem, and your spleen the secondary problem.


An imbalance is kidney Yang could also cause IBS symptoms. Kidney Yang is energy that provides warmth for your body. This energy warms up your spleen to aid in the digestion and breakdown of food. If your kidney energies are compromised, you may experience early-morning diarrhea and possibly bladder incontinence, cold limbs, weak knees and a sore back.


Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can create a clear picture of the root imbalance(s) that lead to IBS symptoms. When you meet with Dr. Bronson, she will determine what organ and meridian systems are contributing to your IBS. They may also suggest adjunct therapies such as herbs, dietary changes, breathing techniques and exercises in order to maximize your healing.


Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can provide a safe, natural, drug-free and effective way to address IBS.


Source: Acupuncture Media Works

ACUPUNCTURE 101: How do Needles Work?

Ever wonder why inserting a tiny needle between your thumb and index finger can help your headache? Or putting needles in your ear can help your indigestion?


Many people wonder how acupuncture works. Scientists and doctors are especially prone to skepticism about acupuncture. To people trained in western medicine, it doesn't make sense. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) does not follow their familiar logic.


Yet there is growing body of evidence that TCM and acupuncture specifically, is an effective treatment for many injuries and diseases-often with few side effects. For these reasons more and more hospitals, clinics and doctors worldwide are recommending it for their patients.


Research and clinical trials will continue but for the people who have found relief from their symptoms and conditions using these ancient techniques, such research is unnecessary. They know acupuncture works.


But why?


Western Perspective

There are several theories to explain acupuncture. The most widely accepted is that the stimulation of acupuncture points with needles sends electrical signals to the brain to release endorphins, the chemicals that make us feel good. Another theory states that acupuncture needles stimulate blood flow and tissue repair at the needle sites. Still another states that needles send nerve signals to the brain that regulate the perception of pain and reboot the automatic nervous system to a "rest and relax" state. Some scientists now believe that acupuncture uses several of these mechanisms at once.


While each theory explains some of the clinical trial results, none of them explain the wide range of conditions that benefit from acupuncture.


Eastern Perspective

There is no western analogy to Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts.


TCM believes Qi, or life energy, flows through the body. The Qi flows in channels called meridians and the meridians connect the organs together. To remain healthy you need the free flow of Qi through the meridians, much like rivers flow in their riverbeds.


Sometimes the flow of Qi becomes imbalanced. Like a river, it can be blocked, excessive or deficient. To rebalanced the Qi, you stimulate acupuncture points to free the flow of Qi and return it to a more balanced state. One way to stimulate the points is with acupuncture needles.


Since the meridians connect the organs of the body, sometimes you can stimulate an acupuncture point that seems completely unrelated to the organ you want to balance. If you unblock a river at one point the flow of the entire river, upstream and downstream, returns to normal. Acupuncture works much the same way.


Source: Health WellNews


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