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'm elated to finally feeling better and getting answers to my health issues I've been dealing with for a long time. For over 10 years I worked in a corporate setting where I had sick days as one of my benefits. Not one year, did I not use all of those sick days. Quite often, I would wake up and feel like I was getting a cold or coming down with something. I had headaches on the side and top of my head, cloudy-headed, and was not able to think clearly. I felt like I had temperature on the upper part of my body, especially around my head. My eyes were really sensitive to light on these days and was hard to get in the car to commute to work. I just felt awful. I would call in sick, and often times, my manager would tell me that there's no colds or flu going around right now in the office and to take a good rest. I thought of myself as a pretty healthy person. I worked out, ate well, and had good sleeping schedule too, so it was a mystery to me why I felt like this so often. I didn't know anything about acupuncture or Chinese herbs when my sister recommended to try. I was starting to feel sick again and had to do something about it and found Matthew, my acupuncturist and herbalist. I'm terrified of needles, so needless to say, I was not a quiet patient. The first acupuncture treatment I had, as soon as couple of points were placed in my legs, I started to feel relief from my headaches. During the treatment, I felt different sensations throughout my body. The temperature was leaving my head, tention in my head was going away, and I started to relax. I actually slept through the treatments and when I woke up, I no longer had headaches or temperature. And I felt like someone pushed a "reset" button in my body. I could not believe it. I got some herbs to take for a week and I went to see Matthew again for acupuncture ad herbal treatments. I've been given many price-less lifestyle and dietary advice from Matthew that have changed my life! I highly recommend acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments for everyone now and I can not imagine what my life would be like without this wonderful medicine in my life. Thank you so much, Matthew.

C.G. - Madison, Wisconsin

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