Irritable bowel syndrome, or what is commonly referred to as “intestinal sensitivity” refers to intestinal dysfunction, which causes gastrointestinal motility to become uncoordinated.

The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include:

  • Stomachache
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Unclear faeces

Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

To date, the medical field still does not have a clear understanding of the pathogenic causes of irritable bowel, but more and more medical studies have shown that functional gastrointestinal diseases are closely related to emotional diseases.

The irritable bowel condition is also strongly related to the patient’s mood and stress. In summary, here are a few factors that are prone to cause illness:

  • Neurotic and anxious disposition
  • Exposure to long-term pressure
  • Bad eating habits
  • Menstruation
  • Emotional instability


TMS and Irritable bowel syndrome

Although the clinical application of TMS for direct treatment of irritable bowel syndrome is still experimental, recent clinical studies have found that brain magnetic stimulation is effective in improving chronic pain in patients with rectal hypersensitivity.

In addition, gastrointestinal sensitivity is found to be closely related to anxiety and stress. TMS has a significant effect on relieving anxiety. Therefore, patients with long-term gastrointestinal problems can seek their doctors for professional advice regarding using TMS as a possible treatment. 


Melchior, C., Gourcerol, G., Chastan, N., Verin, E., Menard, J.F., Ducrotte, P., Leroi, A.M. (2013). Effect of transcranial magnetic stimulation on rectal sensitivity in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized, placebo-controlled pilot study. Colorectal Disease, 16(3), 104-111.

*Declaration: The application of TMS to Tinnitus is still experimental. Although some clinical studies have achieved positive results, this clinical application has not yet obtained FDA approval and CE mark.