Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS

Up to 15% of the population suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). For a quarter of these sufferers, the symptoms are severe and current pharmaceutical management can be less than satisfactory.

Fortunately a realistic treatment alternative is available. Acupuncture’s well-established anti-inflammatory effect has particular relevance for IBS; and Chinese Herbal Medicine has a long history in treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders.

Damian Carey, our Doctor of Chinese Medicine, has decades of experience treating patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

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Level Two - Evidence of Potential Positive Effect Conditions with this level of evidence have moderate support of efficacy, but insufficient to make definitive conclusions. But please keep in mind that ‘insufficient evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!

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