What to Do When the Doctor Says It's IBS: Alternative and Traditional Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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This is a repackage of The IBS Breakthrough.

This book explores the nature and causes of irritable bowel syndrome and outlines the current treatment options. A large section of the book is devoted to the use of Chinese medicine to heal IBS, which has been proven in double-blind studies to have a dramatic impact on the symptoms of this debilitating disease. It is a great handbook for someone recently diagnosed.

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Overview


This is a repackage of The IBS Breakthrough.

This book explores the nature and causes of irritable bowel syndrome and outlines the current treatment options. A large section of the book is devoted to the use of Chinese medicine to heal IBS, which has been proven in double-blind studies to have a dramatic impact on the symptoms of this debilitating disease. It is a great handbook for someone recently diagnosed.

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Leigh Fortson is a writer in Colorado who has suffered from IBS since she was in her teens. She has successfully kept her IBS in control with the use of Chinese medicine.
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Table of Contents

Preface xii
Introduction xiv
Chapter 1 Recognizing and Identifying IBS 1
Defining IBS 3
Diagnosis: Two Approaches 5
The Western View of IBS 6
The Physiology of IBS 9
The Causes of IBS 10
Food and IBS 10
The Effects of Emotional Stress 14
Chapter 2 Treating IBS in the Western World 17
The Drug Tradeoff and the Dance of Finding Relief 20
The Last Resort: Alternative Therapies 27
Chapter 3 Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine 35
The Ancient Art of TCM 35
The Marriage of East and West 37
Qi, Nature, and the Relationship of All Things 39
Yin and Yang: The Endless Circle 41
Blood, Balance, and the Impact of Climate 44
Internal Organs as Messengers of Health 47
The Five Elements 53
Chapter 4 Pattern Imbalances and Differential Diagnosis 56
Western Disease versus Eastern Health 56
Eight Guiding Principles and Patterns of Imbalance 60
Tracking Tongue Tales and Pondering the Pulse 62
Differential Diagnosis 64
Feeling Out the Emotional Aspects of Dysfunction 66
The Risky Business of Self-Diagnosis 68
Chapter 5 Treating Imbalances with Acupuncture and Herbs 70
Acupuncture: The TCM Tonic 71
Herbs: Nature's Medicine 79
Chapter 6 Finding a Qualified TCM Practitioner 88
Education and Licensing 90
Certification and Accreditation 92
Finding the Right Practitioner 93
Interviewing the Candidates 96
Personal Pay and Insurance Coverage 98
Chapter 7 Beyond East and West: Taking a Deeper Look at Healing 102
Symptoms versus Sources 103
The Surprise of Source 105
Energy, Frequencies, and Diagnostic Dialoguing 109
Testing the Limits, or the Limits of Tests 113
Chapter 8 Self-Evaluation: Taking a Journey to the Unexpected 117
Noticing the Bigger Picture 118
Finding and Working with an Energy Healer 119
Discerning the Source and Providing Solutions 121
The Repertoire of Effective Treatments 133
Emotional Components of Imbalance 134
Modern Roles, Stress, and IBS 135
Breaking the Cycle of Stress 136
Loosening the Energetic Pattern of Emotions 140
Chapter 9 Maintaining Equilibrium: Habits for a Lifetime of Health 142
Eating for Health and Vitality 144
Recognizing Appropriate and Inappropriate Foods 149
Exercise: The Elixir for Elation 150
Spiritual Significance 152
Resources 154
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