Monday, 21 September 2015

IBS, stress and meridians

If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you are not alone.

One in five people suffers from IBS. Managing IBS symptoms on a daily basis can be difficult. A person with IBS needs to be aware of the nearest washroom. Stress contributes to a the depletion of our mental and physical state, along with activating our fight-or-flight response.  As a result, our adrenal glands become exhausted from ongoing stress. Unfortunately, increased anxiety creates an imbalance in the bodies digestive system, which worsens the symptoms of IBS.

From an energetic perspective, stress can cause stagnant energy, or reduced energy flow, especially in the large intestine, small intestine, liver & stomach meridians. Therapies such as acupuncture and shiatsu that focus on treating the meridians can help stimulate natural energy flow.  

In meridian theory, the small intestine is a fire element relating emotionally to inappropriate laughter as a result of stress, along with affecting regular sleep patterns.  

The bodies natural defense is to purge the excess stress through the bowels resulting in irritable bowel syndrome. An essential acupuncture point for irritable bowel syndrome is CV6. 
Stimulating this point helps to strengthen the large intestine, relaxes the abdomen and encourages peristalsis, reducing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.  

Balancing the Governing Vessel (Yang Vessel) and Conceptual Vessel (Yin Vessel) meridians is important as they help to keep the other meridians functioning at optimum levels. 

If meridians are balanced, stress is reduced, and this will help the digestive system return to normal function.

If you want to understand more about your IBS you can book a  complementary no-obligation assessment with one of our experienced health coaches who can answer your questions. Call 613 230-0998, book online, or email info@ottawaholisticwellness.ca today!

About the author

Debbie received her Shiatsu and Reflexology certifications at the International Academy of Natural Health Sciences in 2007. She is a current member of The Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario.

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