Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders characterized by abdominal pain or distension, alternating constipation and diarrhea, gas, bloating, and anxiety. IBS is typically diagnosed once other conditions that mimic IBS are ruled out. These include excessive intestinal permeability also known as leaky gut syndrome, dysbiosis or disturbed bacteria microflora, intestinal candidiasis, parasites, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and metabolic disorders.
A naturopathic doctor can help you identify the cause of IBS with a thorough history, physical examination, and comprehensive stool analysis. A comprehensive stool analysis will help detect the presence of bacterial overgrowth, parasites, yeast, digestive enzyme deficiencies, and poor intestinal permeability. These problems can be properly addressed with the use of nutrient and herbal therapy. Major effective natural measures for treating IBS are increasing dietary fiber, eliminating food allergens, managing stress effectively, and reducing intestinal spasms with herbal formulas.