Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A 54-year-old woman had been having IBS for over ten years. She would have to go to the bathroom to move her bowel 3 to 5 times in one day at least twice a week. At high stress, she would have loose stools and more frequent bowel movements for up to two weeks. When she came in, she had been having pain under her ribs on the right side for the past month. She went to have an ultrasound but no abnormality was found in the gallbladder. With the initial acupuncture treatment, the pain underneath the ribs was gone completely. She continued to have acupuncture once a week and drinking a customized herbal formula. Her bowel movements became regular and she rarely had the periods of frequent bowel movements and diarrhea.