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Chinese Medicine for IBS 

IBS, other known as irritable bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine. It is a chronic condition that can lead to pain, and can significantly impact the overall quality of your life. IBS is often triggered by dietary and lifestyle factors including stress, or consuming foods your body is sensitive to. While according to Western Medicine, there is no cure for IBS, there are certainly many things you can do to help symptoms subside and possibly get IBS into remission by using some aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Before we dive into learning more about IBS, it’s important to know that there are different types of IBS including:

  • with constipation
  • with diarrhoea
  • with alternating constipation and diarrhoea

Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly seen symptoms, and then some steps you can take to feel better.

Chinese Medicine Belief When it Comes to IBS

When it comes to IBS, Chinese Medicine takes a holistic approach by looking at the root cause of what may be leading to IBS. It all starts out with dietary and lifestyle factors.

Things like chronic stress, illness, and poor diet can all lead to weak digestion which can then cause the bowels to not function optimally, poorly digested food which can then go on to cause constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, and bloating, all of which are classic characteristics of IBS. Take a look at the diagram below to help you understand the root cause of IBS. 

IBS Chinese medicine

Source: Steven Orloff 

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How Chinese Medicine Can Help with IBS

Traditional Chinese Medicine can help support those with IBS as we take a whole body approach to uncover what’s causing IBS and then a holistic approach to reduce symptoms. Chinese Medicine looks at how stress and dietary factors play a part and aims to help restore harmony in the body. Chinese Medicine also involves looking at alternative therapy approaches to help with an IBS treatment plan such as acupuncture to help support and heal the whole body.

There are also some supplements that can be helpful using specific herbs such as our IBS Remedy supplement that can help ease indigestion as well as colitis and abdominal discomfort. Our Shen Ling Bai Zhu Tang supplement can also help with common symptoms of IBS such as gas, bloating, loose bowel movements, constipation, and abdominal fullness.

Recommended Lifestyle Changes

  • Try acupuncture
  • Ensure you are getting enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid dairy products as these weaken the spleen
  • Eliminate triggers foods. Common ones are caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, processed and greasy foods, carbonated beverages
  • Eat warm and cooked foods as these are easier to digest

If you suffer from IBS, know that there are steps you can take to help manage your symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine can be extremely beneficial, and not only can a Traditional Chinese Medicine approach help ease symptoms, but it can also help improve your overall health as well so you can feel better than you have in a long time.


Check out more on  GinSen’s natural natural digestive supplements.  They are formulated to ease digestive discomfort such as IBS, heartburn, acid reflux along with reducing bloating, nausea, indigestion, abdominal pain, wind and more.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our consultation page where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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