Not All IBS is Stress Related - Effective Treatment in Madison WI

Posted by: Matthew Wagner - Sunday, March 09, 2014

IBS is one of those functional diseases that usually responds well, and quickly, to Acupuncture and Herbology.  The common TCM diagnosis usually involves a large degree of “Liver qi stagnation”, elements of digestive weakness, and pathological accumulation of phlegm-damp in the intestines.  This pattern holds true in probably 85% of IBS cases, and a practitioner who follows a basic IBS = liver qi stagnation approach will generally see a lot of success in the clinic.  This can seem miraculous for those 85%.  However, easy success discourages thorough diagnosis.  This can damage long-term wisdom and professional development, if the practitioner doesn’t know how to treat the remaining, to say nothing of how aggravating it is for those TCM patients who aren’t getting the results they want.  Those remaining 15% require a more complete diagnosis and nuanced understanding.  Read More


Serving the Health Care Needs of the Madison, Wi Community with Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture Madison, Wi - Matthew Wagner, Licensed Acupuncturist and HerbalistMatthew Wagner, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, has a wealth of experience, having studied and consulted with many highly regarded Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine, both at home and abroad.  Matthew has experience treating all manner of illness, pain, and physical complaints, including, digestive; hormonal; neurological; sleep and stress issues; injury and muscle pain; and cold and flu.

In addition to his Traditional Chinese Medicine education and training, Matthew also spent three years in classical monastic training as a Zen Buddhist monk, and brings to his treatments a wealth of insight into the human condition, from contemplative and awareness meditation experience.

Matthew uses acupuncture, herbs, and Chinese medical Tui Na massage, to bring your body back into a state of vibrant health and balance.

He will create a personalized health plan for you, including dietary and lifestyle advice.  Together, we will get you on the road to your own best health, and give you the help and resources you need to keep you moving in the right direction.  Read Full Bio


I suffered from nausea and heartburn that got much worse after work stress. I went to my GP, who advised me to get an upper g.i endoscopy, and a test for H. Pylori. He didn't seem convinced that the endoscopy would find anything, but wanted to rule out major issues. In the end, his suggestion was prescription heartburn meds. Well, I couldn't afford the tests, and I didn't like the side effects of the medication. My son suggested I go see Matthew. Being a very skeptical person, it took a lot of convincing. As I walked into the office I was prepared for a lot of nonsense. But, I was willing to give it a try. I was impressed by the thoroughness of the intake, and Matt's bedside manner. After the visit, I was given an herbal formula to take for a week. Again, not expecting much, I took the formula. Well, I'll be damned if my nausea and heartburn didn't clear up in a couple of days! I went back for a couple of more weeks until I was given the all clear that the condition has resolved. Now, 4 years later, it hasn't come back. Whenever I have a problem, I go see Matt, and he patches right up. I never would have believed it 5 years ago!

P.W. - Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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