Relief for IBS Sufferers
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, commonly referred to as IBS is a real pain in the guts for thousands of men, women and children world wide. Estimates of around 20% of the population may be affected by IBS. Help is at hand for sufferers of IBS.
It is a “functional” digestive disorder; a group of symptoms that can affect someone anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. This means that any function that is involved with the digestion, absorption and elimination of food can suffer as a result of this group of symptoms.
Some of the symptoms of IBS may include:
- Changeable stools, alternating diarrhoea and constipation
- Bloating and nausea
- Passing mucous or blood in the stools
- Food sensitivities
- Weight loss
- Nutritional deficiencies, including anemia
It is important that you check in with your GP to rule out any underlying nastiest, such as more serious Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis), parasitic infections, celiac or lactose intolerance or cancer. However, IBS sufferers are often dismissed by doctors and specialists if no causative factors can be uncovered.
Treating this syndrome with nutritional and herbal medicine from a naturopath can be a huge help and relief for IBS sufferers can be found. Understanding dietary and psychological triggers, healing digestive inflammation and supporting gut function. There are many specific probiotics which can help reduce all those uncomfortable (not any old probiotic will do so speak with a professional health practitioner to ensure you have the right one).
Diet plays a huge role in IBS, but research is conflicting and highlights that an individualised diet plan often works the best. As with most people there is not one ideal way to eat – we are all different in our needs and requirements.
New Research – Relief For IBS Sufferers:
New research from BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine discusses the role certain bacteria, namely Esherichia coli (E.coli) play in causing all these disturbances. They tested a bunch of wonderful herbs, rich in essential oils for their antibiotic properties to see what happened to the growth of E.coli and IBS symptoms. The herbs include coriander, lemon balm and spearmint leaves – they showed positive results.
A herbalist will also add herbal medicine with plenty of essential oils in most digestive herb mixes – they are so useful in reducing many discomforts of the bowels. Add these herbs to your diet in cooking and herbal teas is easy.
If you feel that you need some more support make an appointment with a herbalist today and say goodbye to your digestive pains.