Qualified Acupuncturist

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


Acupuncture and moxibustion for IBS

Anastasi JK et al. Symptom management for irritable bowel syndrome: a pilot randomized controlled trial of acupuncture/moxibustion.
Gastroenterol Nurs. 2009 Jul-Aug;32(4):243-55

Twenty-nine people with IBS were randomized to 8 sessions of either individualized acupuncture/moxibustion or sham/placebo. Average daily abdominal pain/discomfort improved in the Acu/Moxa group but there was little change in the sham control (a statistically significant difference between groups). The intestinal gas, bloating, and stool consistency composite score showed a similar pattern of improvement. Conclusions: Acu/Moxa treatment shows promise for symptom management for IBS.


Acupuncture for IBS

Renolds JA et al. Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome an exploratory randomised controlled trial.
Acupunct Med 2008 Mar; 26(1):8-16.

Pragmatic randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for IBS involving 30 patients. Compared 10 sessions of acupuncture plus usual GP care with usual GP care alone. At 3 months, a statistically and clinically significant difference between groups of 138 points in favour of acupuncture was observed on the IBS Symptom Severity Score.