Ulcerative Colitis / Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Ulcerative Colitis

Medically can be described as a long term chronic condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed with ulcers developing on the colon lining which can bleed and exude mucous and pus. This condition can be seen in children, adults and elderly.

Ulcerative Colitis differs from Chhorn’s disease in that Chhorn’s can affect any part of the gut.

Symptoms may include abdominal distension, constipation, diarrhea mixed with blood and pus.

N.B. - If you have any of those symptoms and have not had a diagnosis from your doctor please seek medical advice.

There is evidence this disease may be a malfunction of the auto immune system with possibly genetic and environmental factors involved.

Medical treatment is usually corticosteroids or amino salicylates (ASAs.) As a last resort surgery to remove the colon may be suggested.

From a Chinese medicine point of view Ulcerative Colitis is seen as a problem of stagnant (Qi) energy in the intestines.

Clients who have presented with this complaint to me, while recounting their life history seem to share a theme of stress, depression, anxiety and emotional trauma which they thought had been present before the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis had developed.

With clients coming for treatment with me I like to suggest a course of Reflexology on the feet or hands and ears at the same time as dealing with the more distressing visible symptoms such as the diarrhea or constipation.

This approach can relieve much of the stress and anxiety which accompanying this condition.

Once there is a degree of relaxation and relief of external symptoms, there can be a more in depth exploration of needs, looking at sedating or toning of involved meridians in order to strengthen free flow of energy through the affected area leading to a decrease or cessation of symptoms.

This re balancing seems to be best achieved with ongoing Reflexology and a combination of Korean hand therapies which may include pellet therapy and moxibustion on the hands.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS as it is commonly known is viewed as a pattern of irregular bowel habit which can swing from diarrhoea to constipation often accompanied with abdominal discomfort. There may also be anxiety, palpitations, urinary frequency, reflux or heartburn.

This is one of the most common abdominal disorders.

Stress is perhaps the major contributing factor which aggravates IBS often where an element of the stress is suppression of self, in thought and emotions. There may be underlying feelings of anger or anxieties particularly regarding relationships and feelings of self worth.

These symptoms may be relieved by a course of clinical reflexology in combination with acupressure prescriptions designed to gently bring about harmonisation and balance to the digestive system.

Acupressure! Acupressure uses finger pressure to stimulate or sedate energy flow in our bodies. Think of acupressure as acupuncture but without the needles. The advantage of this system of healing is that after instruction and a supervised session with your therapist it is a safe and non invasive therapy (always remember to follow your therapists advise on any contra indications discussed) to use on yourself at home and becomes an excellent method to help maintain progress between sessions with your therapist. Acupressure can be effective in helping to relieve a range of conditions, for example, headache, stress and tension, neck and back pain,, sinus problems, constipation, indigestion, menstrual pains and cramps, anxiety, self help for insomnia.

What you can expect from your therapist :

  • Insured and accountable with appropriate qualifications
  • Works within their competence
  • Will refer on to GP or other appropriate health worker if medical conditions are detected which go beyond complementary treatment
  • Will consult with client and make appropriate recommendations to supplement treatment
Common Conditions Under ‘common conditions’ on the main menu, we have listed some areas of concern that present themselves on a fairly regular basis. If you feel you have symptoms not covered – please contact us to discuss your issues and see if we can help!

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