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Addressing The Symptoms Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Using Moxibustion Therapy

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Within Chinese Medicine circles, moxibustion in Jacksonville is an often used treatment mainly used to eliminate ailments and strengthen the body. In Shanghai, Fudan University researchers recently performed an animal experiment to clarify the effects of moxibustion on the colon.

There are two kinds of moxibustion commonly administered on humans: direct and indirect moxibustion. In this animal experiment, the indirect method using a moxa roll was used. The rats used in the study have developed CVH or chronic visceral hypersensitivity, a disease associated with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome and affiliated symptoms in humans. For a period of seven days, thirty minutes a day, moxibustion was used on two bilateral acupuncture points – ST 25 (intestinal/digestive problems) and ST 37 (more acute intestinal/digestive conditions). To help in the experiment, a control group left untreated was included.

Evaluation was conducted and the CRH (hypothalamic corticotropin-relasing hormone) levels of mRNA and the rates of abdominal withdrawal reflex were analyzed. Among humans, an important factor in IBS is the Corticotropin-releasing hormone,which is associated with decreased motility of the colon under stress.

Researchers discovered that moxibustion led to a substantial reduction of CRH mRNA expression to normal levels and a decrease in the sensitivity of the colon.

Since it is easy to perform and considered safe to use, moxibustion can be used as a home/self-help remedy. These kinds of research works are important in order to understand better the internal functions of the therapy. A study similar to the aforementioned experiment have witnessed beneficial effects with the same results as electro-acupuncture therapy. More studies are recommended to further assess whether both therapies used in a human model would be better than a single therapy.

Written by Valerie

March 12th, 2019 at 12:55 pm