What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, commonly known as IBS or Spastic Colon, is a chronic condition that affects the functioning of your bowel. 

What are the symptoms of IBS?

The most common of symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort with alterations in bowel habits.

IBS affects everyone differently. Symptoms will vary in severity and can include:

  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort relieved when passing wind or going to the toilet
  • Increased flatulence

What causes IBS?

The exact cause of IBS is still unknown, but several common factors appear to trigger the condition:

  • Gastrointestinal infection
  • Food sensitivity
  • Diet
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Hormonal changes

What is the treatment for IBS?

Treatment focuses on relieving your symptoms and managing stress, diet and lifestyle factors that are triggering your condition.

Your naturopath will take a thorough case history, reviewing your diet, general health, digestive function and symptoms.

Functional testing and other medical investigations may be recommended to check nutritional status, potential food allergens, digestive enzyme status, gastrointestinal infections and bacteria balance of the bowel.

Your naturopath will then advise on dietary and lifestyle adjustments to help treat and alleviate your digestive symptoms. Specific pro & prebiotics for the bowel and nutritional and herbal medicines may also be prescribed.

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