The NHS choices website defines irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as:

“…a common, long-term condition of the digestive system. It can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation.” [1]

An estimated 5 to 6 million people suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in the UK alone [2,3] and many of these do not seek help due to “disillusionment with current treatment options”. Doctors classify IBS into four different types, depending on the main symptoms [4]:

  • IBS-C is IBS with constipation
  • IBS-D is IBS with diarrhoea
  • ISM-M, is mixed IBS, i.e. sometimes constipation and sometimes diarrhoea
  • IBS-U is un-subtyped IBS

The NHS site states that the cause is still unknown “but most experts think it’s related to increased sensitivity of the gut and problems digesting food” although they do recognise that psychological factors are also part of the picture. Alternative health practitioners and some researchers are now working on causes such as:

  • Leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability, where the lining and wall of the intestine has been damaged
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO where a higher than usual amount wholesale nba jerseys of bacteria has grown cheap jerseys in the small intestine
  • Gut dysbiosis meaning that the ‘wrong’ balance of bacteria is found in the intestines, perhaps the wrong types or not enough of the beneficial strains
  • Reduced gut motility
  • Psychological factors such as stress or grief, indeed, IBS often first occurs after a particularly distressing life event

The condition can be lifelong, usually flaring up in distinct episodes and can be extremely debilitating. The digestive challenges are often accompanied by other health problems such as chronic fatigue, pelvic pain, depression and anxiety as well as the social constraints related to possible dietary restrictions or the need to be near a bathroom at all times.

One condition that causes similar symptoms and should always be ruled out is coeliac disease. If a person who has coeliac disease consumes gluten (which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) their body launches an attack on itself, specifically their small intestine. When the body attacks healthy tissue like this, its known as an autoimmune reaction. This is different to an allergy or food sensitivity. The Wellhaven Clinic can arrange blood tests for coeliac disease should anyone be unable to obtain one through their GP.

Treating IBS

All health practitioners will talk to IBS patients about modifying their diet but this can be difficult as there isn’t a single diet that works for everyone with IBS. The goal is to identify particular food triggers and avoid them. A food diary may be helpful or elimination diet. It may be helpful to look at specific diets like the SCD diet, GAPS or a low FODMAP diet. There are reports of all of these helping different people with IBS and other digestive disorders. Others find that a caveman diet works for them, this is otherwise known as the hunter-gatherer or paleo diet. The most important thing is to eat a healthy balanced diet and listen closely to what your body needs and what causes it more suffering.

As IBS is commonly linked to stress, reducing stress levels are often a key part of reducing flare ups. The Wellhaven Clinic can help with stress reduction techniques such as meditation, or yoga. The internet is an incredible resource for trying out these techniques; a quick look around Service YouTube will reveal participante any number of guided mediations, Tai Chi classes or new breathing techniques. We recommend that patients should find what they like and what works for them. If you don’t research enjoy it, you won’t do it.

Doctors may prescribe various medications to treat IBS but there are also more natural alternatives. As we learn more and more about the bacteria in our bodies, otherwise known as the microbiome, we are slowly learning how and which probiotics may be helpful for different conditions. More studies are needed but its clear that probiotics can often help. [5]

One supplement has proved its efficacy through clinical trials and that is peppermint oil [6]. This doesn’t you mean that a simple mint after dinner will help, you need to buy specially coated peppermint oil capsules so they can survive your stomach acid. Ask for advise if your local Brew natural medicine dispensary.

Acupuncture and IBS

Studies have shown that acupuncture may help IBS in a number of ways:

  • Providing pain relief [7]
  • Regulating the motility of the digestive tract [8]
  • Raising the sensory threshold of the gut [9]
  • Increasing parasympathetic tone [10]
  • Reducing anxiety and depression [11]
  • General improvement in IBS symptoms and wellbeing [12]

At the Wellhaven Clinic Clinic we thoroughly research every patient’s condition and tailor our treatment approach accordingly. We understand that living with IBS can be incredibly hard and that emotional support is often more important that anything else at the start of treatment. We would also recommend joining a support group and suggest visiting The IBS Network for more information.

Feel free to give us a call or book a free 15 min consultation to find out how we might be able to help you, or anyone you might know who is plagued by IBS.

What’s the point?

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