It’s starting to be that time where the air feels lighter, cooler and more crisp, the leaves will start to change colors and we’ll start pulling out our winter clothes from their storage over the hot summer months. We haven’t quite reached fall in its entirety, though we can all sense that change is coming. We are currently in between seasons, or as it is referred to in Chinese Medicine: the inter-season.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In my practice, along with a full interview and medical assessment, tongue diagnosis is one of the main tools I use to understand my patients’ state of health. Most patients are embarrassed to stick out their tongues or they wonder what I am doing staring it. So I am going to educate you on what I look for by observing the tongue and how the tongue is used as a gateway to your health.
Moxibustion is a “warming” technique using the herb mugwort or ai ya in Chinese Medicine. Mugwort has been used in many different cultures for its medicinal properties. Moxibustion helps to increase blood circulation, tonify energy and stimulate digestive system function as well as boost the immune system. Moxibustion comes in different forms including direct and indirect moxibustion.
In IBS, the digestive system is not functioning efficiently and therefore gas, bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhea or both appear. In Chinese Medicine, there are differences in symptoms that constitute different treatment protocols. Therefore, it is not under the umbrella of one diagnosis. Let’s look at the different diagnosis and treatments in Chinese Medicine for IBS.