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IBS Treatment at The Pacific Wellness Institute Acupuncture Clinic

 Abdominal Acupuncture Procedure for Irritable Bowel

At our Toronto clinic, acupuncture and moxibustion have been used to treat a variety of digestive conditions for over 20 years.

Treatment consists primarily of stimulating acupoints traditionally known to restore digestive functions by using both acupuncture and moxibustion. It also includes acupuncture and moxibustion therapy for emotional health. Our comprehensive acupuncture protocol is typically administered in three different patient positions:

Supine (facing up): Acupuncture is administered in this position primarily to stimulate points located in the legs, arms, and abdomen using our Japanese superficial needling techniques.

Prone (facing down): Acupuncture stimulation is applied on selected points along the spine, with attention to nerve segmentations associated with digestive organs. Moxibustion is applied to warm up selected acupoints.

Seated: At the end of the session, the patient is asked to sit on the treatment table so that a gentle superficial tapping acupuncture treatment can be administered on a point near his/her wrist. Studies have suggested that this particular acupuncture technique enhances autonomic nervous system (ANS) function.[24, 25] Optimal functioning of both branches of the ANS (sympathetic and parasympathetic) is crucial for proper digestion.

In addition, most patients are treated with our innovative approach, the Acupuncture and Sound-Assisted Autonomic Modulation Technique [26, 27], which involves acupuncture and moxibustion in combination with a specific HRV biofeedback breathing exercise. This specialized technique further augments the modulation functioning of the autonomic nervous system. This particular breathing exercise is utilized during acupuncture sessions; in addition, we ask patients to practice it between treatments to maintain the therapeutic benefits. This combined acupuncture and HRV biofeedback approach is currently provided only at our Toronto acupuncture clinic.

In some cases, other forms of traditional East Asian medicine, such as Oriental dietary therapy and Kampo herbal formulas, are also recommended.

Updated on February 14, 2011

Tim H. Tanaka, PhD. is a Japanese licensed acupuncturist, certified herbalist, and board-certified biofeedback therapist. He is available for consultation and treatment at his acupuncture and alternative medicine clinic in Toronto.

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