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IBS- Irritable Bowl Syndrome

Hi Everyone,

I believe that I have little more extra time to discuss about another article that I encountered. So, let’s get down to business.

Here is the article;


Acupuncture Beats Drugs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

06 JANUARY 2013

Acupuncture combined with moxibustion is more effective than conventional ‘western’ medicine for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A new meta-analysis of 11 research investigations with a sample size of over 950 patients shows that acupuncture with moxibustion leads to better clinical outcomes than conventional pharmaceutical drug therapy. In addition, the study shows that acupuncture combined with moxibustion is not only effective but is also safe. The researchers conclude, “Acupuncture-moxibustion for irritable bowel syndrome is better than the conventional western medication treatment.”

This is not the first time Chinese medicine has been shown effective for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. The Journal of the American Medical Association made an impact in the western world with its ground breaking publication of findings showing that Chinese herbal medicine “offer(s) improvements in symptoms for some patients with IBS.” This early study used the modern standards of investigation now commonly employed in acupuncture and herbal medicine studies. It was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Gastroenterologists worked in combination with herbalists but both groups were blinded to the treatment group. The study discovered that Chinese herbal medicine improved patients’ health with irritable bowel syndrome including significant improvements documented 14 weeks after completion of the herbal medicine treatments.

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2012 Oct;32(10):957-60. [Meta analysis of acupuncture-moxibustion in treatment of irritable bowel syndrome]. Pei LX, Zhang XC, Sun JH, Geng H, Wu XL. Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Department, Jiangsu Province Hospital of TCM, Nanjing, China.

JAMA. 1998 Nov 11;280(18):1585-9. Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with Chinese herbal medicine: a randomized controlled trial. Bensoussan A, Talley NJ, Hing M, Menzies R, Guo A, Ngu M. Research Unit for Complementary Medicine, University of Western Sydney Macarthur, Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia.


At Yamamoto OM Clinic, we do not perform Moxibustion which is a heat therapy with Chinese herb,Ai ye. With the exception of breach baby situation. Most likely we send patient home with Moxa sticks so they can treat themselves at home. Of course, we provide the treatment protocol before they go home. However, we emphasize on acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment. Due to the nature of Chinese medicine, we treat each patients according based on the Chinese medicine principle. Meaning that we don’t necessary use say points  or herbal formula for every single patients with IBS.  A patient can present us, excess case, deficient case, heat type, cold type, and so on.

Oh, by the way, one note here from me.  Sometimes, even with our effort of explaining each patient, one visit, one dosage of herbal formula won’t fix it miraculously. I wish I could do that. But somehow, when patients come to see us, they are under the notion of that one visit, maybe a few, one bottle of herbal medicine or two, will do it all.  Our body is not designed that way. And condition that we are up against won’t listen to your wishes.  We need to work together to get the job done properly.

This research took 14 weeks of time.  We will do our best to reach the best and fast out come with our treatment. However the goal will be reached with your participation also.  Some patients ended up feeling “Oh,well, I had 5 visits already(maybe 10). But I’m not all better yet.”  In that case, it just take more time with treatments. It just does.  Usually, patients ended up noticing improvement by then. So, please, we would like you to complete the care that we provide.  Dropping from the care won’t guarantee that your will reach your desired result.

I hope you all will have a great new year!

Takashi Yamamoto, L.Ac.


PS: We offer free 15 min new patient consultation. If you have any confer or question, please bring them with you. We will do our best to answer those at your first visit. This consultation is complementary.




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