Diet As A Therapy For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Progress At Last

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Herbal Help?

If so, you understand how uncomfortable certain foods and activities can make you feel. Now, imagine feeling this way all day, every day. For the millions of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dealing with these symptoms is a way of life. IBS is one of the most common diseases gastroenterologists see every day. For many IBS patients, the disease is a mild annoyance, but for some people it can be disabling. In addition to the high number of patients affected by IBS, the lack of effective treatments creates difficulty in caring for these patients. Read more..

Bowel woes could have many causes

The report appears in The Cochrane Library, a health care research journal. The scientists included Jianping Liu, MD, PhD. Liu works at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine's Evidence-based Chinese Medicine Centre for Clinical Research and Evaluation. He is also on staff at the National Research Centre in Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Norway's University of Tromso. Helpful or Not? The studies, which were mainly done in China, had a combined total of nearly 8,000 patients with IBS. "Some herbal medicines may improve the symptoms
of irritable bowel syndrome," the researchers write. Read more..

-aDietary factors. Certain foods can trigger IBS symptoms. Common culprits include cabbage, broccoli, legumes and other gas-producing foods, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products, fatty foods, raw fruits, and foods, gums and beverages containing sorbitol, an artificial sweetener. These foods contain substances called FODMAPs. It's a matter of trial and error to determine which foods trigger your symptoms. -aStress and emotion. Read more..