Press release to raise awareness during ‘IBS Awareness Month’

Soothe your stomach with acupuncture

Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 10-20%* of theUKpopulation at any one time causing embarrassment and discomfort to sufferers. Up to 12 million people in theUKare affected by IBS at some time in their lives. More women seek help but it is just as common in both sexes and commonly starts between 15-40 years old. Acupuncture has been found to be very effective in relieving the symptoms of IBS.

IBS is a long-term and often debilitating condition that causes re-occurring pain or discomfort in the abdomen. Bloating, swelling, bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation and feeling sick are just some of the symptoms which can cause misery for sufferers.  The exact cause of IBS is unknown; so many sufferers remain undiagnosed or struggle to manage their symptoms.

Traditional acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that recognises the importance of healthy bowels for overall physical and emotional health. Acupuncture treatments for IBS have been researched, refined and developed in China for thousands of years and understands how emotional stress can combine with physical factors to stagnate the body’s vital energy, known as Qi, and result in the symptoms of IBS.

Acupuncture moves stagnation and regulates the flow of Qi in order to restore normal bowel function so that your body can properly digest food and eliminate waste products. By alleviating energy blockages in the body, acupuncture relieves IBS symptoms by reducing pain, regulating muscular movement and strengthening of the digestive tract, reducing anxiety and depression as well as decreasing stress.  Acupuncturists look at the body as a whole and also provide dietary advice to ensure patients are well nourished and improve digestion.

Diana Olafsdottir, acupuncturist and British Acupuncture Council member says; “I’ve seen many patients who have struggled to get a diagnosis for IBS and so look to Acupuncture to help.  Many of them have suffered with IBS for years and have found acupuncture to be a great relief.

Acupuncture can relieve stress, one of the main causes of IBS as well as reduce pain, bloating and nausea. By treating the underlying cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms, acupuncture can provide longer term relief for sufferers”.

Diana always works with her clients to identify how they can help themselves outside the treatment room. This may include relaxation techniques, simple dietary advice and gentle exercised depending on the individual requirements and appetite for participation. The combination of the acupuncture and the work done outside the treatment room is not only empowering but can help change things for the better, permanently.


IBS awareness month (April 2013) aims to raise awareness and increase understanding of this very common condition.  For further details please go to


About the BAcC: The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has a membership of nearly 3,000 professionally qualified acupuncturists.  It is theUK’s largest professional body for the practice of acupuncture. BAcC members practise a traditional, holistic style of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment based on a system developed and refined over 2,000 years.  To achieve BAcC membership, practitioners must first undertake extensive training in acupuncture (minimum three years full-time or part-time equivalent), which includes physiology, anatomy and other biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture.

 Acupuncture: Acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2,500 years. Acupuncture is holistic, not focused on isolated symptoms. It regards pain and illness, whether physical or mental, to be a sign the whole body is out of balance. Western or medical acupuncture is a more recent development practised predominantly by doctors and physiotherapists, who use acupuncture techniques within their existing scope of practice on the basis of a western medical diagnosis.