In a recent clinical trial conducted in the York area, acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was shown to provide an additional benefit over usual care alone. The magnitude of the effect was sustained over the longer term. Some of the acupuncture provided in the study took place at the York Clinic, and was led by acupuncturist and Clinic Director Hugh MacPherson who has an academic post at the University of York where the research into IBS was managed. The study concludes that acupuncture should be recommended as a treatment option. For the full study, see the open access article at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-230X/12/150/abstract
In the UK around 10%-20% of the population at any point in time have irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. It is a common gastrointestinal condition with symptoms of diarrhoea, constipation and abdominal cramps. There are IBS treatments that can help, and one of these is acupuncture. If you live near York and would like a consultation, contact me or find an acupuncturist near you at the British Acupuncture Council website.