Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD is characterized by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. IBD can be a painful and life-changing condition. IBD is frequently associated with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis.
Crohn’s disease – It is a type of IBD that causes inflammation in your entire digestive tract. The areas of inflammation occur in different spots along the digestive tract and may spread deep into the affected tissue.
Ulcerative Colitis – It is a type of IBD that is more common than Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract. The condition affects the innermost linings of the large intestine and colon. The symptoms usually develop over time rather than suddenly.
While the exact cause of IBD is unknown, IBD can be a result of a defective immune system. The defective immune system attacks foreign organisms such as viruses and bacteria to protect the body. Symptoms of IBD may include:
- Persistent diarrhoea
- Abdominal Pain
- Rectal Bleeding/ bloody stools
- Weight loss
At Honor wellness, we use a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. We work closely with patients to help reduce the severity of the symptoms and promote periods of remission.
Acupuncture – Works by regulating neurotransmitters to reduce pain and improve the delivery of highly oxygenated blood flow to your gastrointestinal tract. Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment to activate the parasympathetic system to improve emotional health conditions.
Chinese Herbal Medicine – Our practitioners are highly trained in prescribing herbal medicine. Customized herbal formulas are prescribed specifically to each individual’s underlying pattern to correct imbalances on a systemic level. There is scientific evidence that supports the use of Chinese herbal medicine for reducing inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
IBD can lower your quality of life in many ways. It can severely affect your digestive health, cause great emotional stress and interfere with your daily activity. At Honor Wellness, our practitioners are fully committed to your care to help you regain your quality of life back. If you or someone you know are struggling with IBS, let us help you. Contact us today at 604.428-9946 and find out how.