Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Article by Angela Haldane

**Q. After a recent colonoscopy I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, but no treatment was prescribed. Meanwhile, I continue to suffer from wind, bloating and diarrhoea. What natural remedies do you suggest?

A. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is responsible for about 50% of gastro-intestinal complaints and 20-50% of referrals to gastroenterology clinics. It mainly affects adults. Evidence shows IBS can be caused by allergies, so I'd start with an allergy test to identify food intolerances (see more information on this website under the about section).

Magnesium helps relieve bowel cramps as it relaxes the bowel muscle wall; it's found in nuts, seeds and vegetables, though supplementation would hold more therapeutic value – do a mineral appraisal on this website to see if you are low (under the about section).

Digestive Relief Herbal Formula (available on this website) is rich in the herb chamomile, which relaxes the gut wall, relieves trapped wind and alleviates anxiety – also an aggravating factor for IBS. The formula also contains the herbs globe artichoke and ginger, which enhance movemement of the digestive tract and reduce intestinal cramps.

Aloe vera (juice) may alleviate inflammation of the digestive tract associated with IBS.

Psyllium seeds are useful in treating constipation and diarrhoea.

Beneficial bacteria (probiotics) help with the bloating and flatulence – good quality product available via your natural health practitioner.

I often prescribe this alongside slippery elm and glutamine, which repairs damage to the intestinal wall.
I can prescribe in more detail, according to your needs in a consultation – you can book online via the homepage