What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common condition that many people struggle with.

Statistics show that one in ten people in the UK display the symptoms of IBS, accounting for more than 2 million prescriptions and 35.000 hospitalizations each year in the US.

It is also the second highest cause of work absenteeism after the common cold.

Do you have IBS?

It is important to realize that IBS is completely different from any other condition that sounds very similar, namely inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is an autoimmune disease that can have very serious consequences.

But Irritable Bowel Syndrome, even though it can cause debilitating pain, is a functional bowel disorder. In other words, there are no significant physical conditions that contribute to the problem; hence it is a functional disease.

Common signs of IBS

  • bloating

  • gas

  • abdominal discomfort and/or pain

  • spastic colon (spastic contractions of the colon)

  • diarrhoea

  • constipation

Treatment of IBS without drugs

Avoid all sources of gluten – go on a gluten-free diet. Be aware that there are many other hidden sources of gluten in your diet – not only wheat:

  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Oats
  • Spelt

Typically, avoiding gluten for a week or two is enough to see significant improvement. In addition to gluten, food allergies can also play a role – so be sensitive to that – I can check you in my clinic for food allergies.

I will also check you for parasites – Candida. I will work out together with you a suitable diet for your needs.
Lower the amount of sugar and processed food in your diet.

Address emotional challenges

I have found that many people with IBS have an unresolved emotional component that contributes to their physical problem.
This is also one of the reasons why antidepressants are frequently prescribed.

I offer following treatments for IBS to help you with your symptoms:
Psychotherapy sessions, and/or
Auricular (ear) acupuncture, and/or

Often I combine these three treatments for IBS-patients.