wateric:Welcome to the BB. It sounds like you have an exciting and interesting career especially when you are working in the worldï¿½s fastest growing economy. Your IBS must cause you a lot of grief. I know mine does but that is life.I hope you have had a proper work up to rule out other conditions that can mimic IBS. As you are probably aware IBS is diagnosed by the process of elimination. Iï¿½m sorry to hear that Chinese herbal treatment did not help you. I have been considering this approach for a few years but have not pursued it yet. I tried acupuncture in the past. It did not help me but some members have reported good results. In my case a TCM doctor told me that acupuncture would not help me and recommended herbal treatment. We are all different and maybe acupuncture is the answer you are looking for. I assume the acupuncturists where you live in China use disposable needles. There have been a few cases in Canada where needles were reused on numerous patients which is not safe practice.Hope to hear from you again.