Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): A combination of intermittent abdominal pain and constipation, diarrhoea, or bouts of each, that occurs in the absence of other dianosed disease. IBS affects about 10-20 percent of adults, it is twice as common in women as in men, usually beginning in early or middle adulthood. It is usually recrrent throughout life but is unlikely to lead to complications. Symptoms include cramp-like pain in the abdomen, abdominal distention, often on the left side, transient relief of pain by bowel movement or passing wind, sense of incomplete evacuation of the bowels, and excessive wind. Anxiety and stress tend to exacerbate the condition.
The patient who is 68-year-old man have suffered from IBS for about 6 years. He had cramp-like pain in his abdomen on the left side before bowel movement, then need to go to bathroom immediatly, three or four times per day in the morning, and accompanied by abdominal distention, excessive wind. He said he was afraided to go out in the morning because he might hurry to bathroom anytime. It was getting worse for one year. He checked in hospital, the intestine is normal, and a lot medications that he have taken didn't work. He visited Chinese Medical Centre in Nenagh on June 7 in 2008, received 10 sessions acupuncture and a combination of herbal medicine treatment. These treatment lasted 2 months. Since then all symptoms dispeared and didn't reccur for about two and half years. He came back to say hellow on February 28 in 2011, and said "his bowel is perfect, no problem at all and he can eat any food now."