Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the nerves and muscles of the bowel causing abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements.

IBS Symptoms:

  • Chronic or recurrent gastrointestinal symptoms that fall into 3 general groups:
    • Abdominal pain with diarrhoea
    • Abdominal pain with constipation
    • Abdominal pain with alternating diarrhoea and constipation
  • Passing a bowel motion or wind often relieves pain
  • A sensation of abdominal bloating � occurs in 90% of patients
  • Disturbed bowel habits
  • Other symptoms include nausea, difficulty swallowing, urinary frequency and urgency

 

Up to 20% of the general population experience symptoms of IBS yet only one quarter of these people ever seek treatment.  IBS is a chronic disorder prevalent in 10% of the population over 65 years of age.  Females are 1.5 times more likely to suffer this condition than men, with symptoms generally beginning in adult life.

IBS Contributing factors:

In most cases of IBS the causative factor is unknown, however commonly occurring factors include:

  • Anxiety & stress
  • Poor diet
  • Hypersensitivity of the intestines
  • Gastrointestinal infection
  • Medications
  • Depression
  • Food allergy/ intolerance
  • Hormonal imbalances

 

IBS Treatment options

  • Treatments are tailored to the individual and aim to facilitate the regulation of optimal digestive function whilst addressing any relevant stress, hormonal or immune factors
  • Individual dietary regimes are provided at each consultation. Food allergies /intolerances often play a key role in IBS, thus educated food choices are fundamental to overall success of treatment.
  • Probiotics are often advised to assist restoration of healthy gut flora.  Selected nutrients may be prescribed to increase gastrointestinal integrity and reduce susceptibility to allergy.
  • Herbal remedies provide symptomatic relief of the digestive symptoms associated with IBS whilst treating the underlying cause

At Vita our naturopaths specialise in the treatment of digestive disturbances.  Contact us today for further information or if you are experiencing these symptoms.

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