Patient - Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Complementary/Alternative Medicine Resources

    The addition of holistic treatment approaches can be helpful in managing IBS symptoms and possibly changing underlying physiology. These approaches include herbs, nutrition, acupuncture, biofeedback, homeopathy, physical medicine, chiropractic and massage.

  • IBS

    Designed to provide thorough and up-to-date information on hypnosis as a treatment option for IBS. Provides a review of research and an online locator of U.S. health professionals offering hypnosis treatment for IBS using the standardized 7-Session protocol.

  • Beyond Well Being

    Developed by an acupuncturist and instructor of oriental diagnosis at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. This site presents the perspective that IBS is not one disease, but rather is caused by different imbalances in different people.

  • Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    This study is currently recruiting patients.

    Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NCCAM and NIDDK). The purpose of this study is to determine whether acupuncture is effective in reducing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
    Study Design: Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Control, Parallel Assignment, Efficacy Study.
    Study location: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, General Clinical Research Center, Boston,  MA.
    Recruiting: Lisa A. Conboy, ScD 617-384-8565.
    Ted Kaptchuk,  OMD, Principal Investigator.


    The IBS Resource Center contains online articles, book recommendations, community forums and chat, and other information resources for patients, caregivers, and families dealing with IBS.