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  • Diarrhea
  • strong odor or burning anus
  • strong odor doesn't burn anus
  • no strong odor nor burning anus
  • mucus with burning anus
  • mucus without burning anus
  • yellow and explosive
  • aggravated by stress
  • alternating with constipation
  • doesn't feel done
  • aggravated by activity
  • aggravated by cold, raw, or any food
  • appears soon after eating
  • pencil or ribbon shaped
  • undigested food visible
  • early morning only
  • dark or purple stools

  • Constipation
  • pellet shaped
  • aggravated by stress
  • alternates with diarrhea
  • with heart burn
  • severe pain
  • better with warmth
  • dry and hard, short term
  • dry and hard, long term
  • aggravated by diet
  • lined with mucus
  • difficult to finish
  • causes exhaustion

  • Abdominal Pain
  • sharp and fixed
  • aggravated by eating
  • aggravated by stress
  • with bloating
  • better with activity
  • severe
  • better with pressure

  • Gas
  • with strong odor
  • without strong odor
  • burns anus
  • aggravated by stress

  • Bloody stools
  • strong odor
  • no strong odor
  • mucus with strong odor
  • mucus without strong odor
  • less than six months
  • more than six months

  • Heartburn
  • aggravated by stress
  • worse when bending or laying down
  • aggravated by eating
  • with excessive saliva

  • Nausea
  • aggravated by stress
  • with severe cramping pain
  • worse when bending or laying down
  • with bloating, belching, and bad breath
  • with excessive saliva
  • mostly clear fluid
  • with undigested food

  • Bloating
  • with constipation or sluggish stools
  • worse with fatigue
  • relieved by gas with strong odor
  • relieved by gas with light odor
  • relieved by belching with strong odor
  • relieved by belching with light odor
  • aggravated by stress
  • worse in the afternoon

  • Acupuncture, Herbs and IBS

    Welcome to the all new and improved IBS page.

    This page used to be the home of one article that talked extensively about two possible causes of IBS as well as their treatments from the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) paradigm.

    The work that I've done with IBS has proven to me that this article did not address all of the issues that IBS can create. So, I've gone into much more depth on the subject and hope that you can use these pages to better answer your specific IBS questions. Of course, if there are any issues that you don't see answered here, you are welcome to contact me for more information.

    IBS is generally a diagnosis of exclusion. In other words, there is no lab test for IBS, however tests can rule out everything else. In some cases, IBS has become synonymous with a digestive problem that Western medicine simply can't explain. That's one reason for the expanded version of this page, to take into account all of the different symptoms that can be part of this issue. Though, from the TCM standpoint, IBS doesn't really exist. We look at things very different.

    For instance, the typical IBS problem which is a stress-induced digestive problem, is only one of many possible causes for the symptoms addressed on this page. IBS has to be treated in the individual, because there are a wide variety of possible causes and unless we address the specific cause, the treatment itself will not work.

    That is Chinese medicine. Welcome.


    Conventional medicine is doing its best to understand IBS too. Here's a consumer-friendly video from Stanford University Medical Center's Dr. Parischa.

    His research has come up with a variety of different mechanisms that resonate somewhat with the patterns described by Chinese medicine. While it is inaccurate to draw too clear a one-to-one correspondance between biomedicine and Chinese medicine, I would like to at least put some of his statements regarding IBS on to the TCM map.

    This Irritable Bowel Syndrome Web Ring site is owned by Al Stone, L.Ac.
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