Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common disorder of the intestines that can range from mildly annoying to severe and disabling. It is typically a chronic condition that comes and goes at different times, disabling the sufferer and then disappearing entirely. According to recent studies, two thirds of its sufferers are women. Today, nearly 20 million women have this condition.
How does irritable bowl syndrome develop?
Modern medical practitioners have not been able to identify a reason for its onset, and, thus, have not found a cure. Although research is ongoing, IBS is believed to be the result of an overly sensitive colon. IBS patients have stomach contractions that are stronger and last longer and than those of non-sufferers. Some doctors believe that the two major causes of IBS are stress and diet. Afflicted individuals often notice the syndrome after meals during times of stress. Stress, which operates through the nervous system, also triggers the colon into action. Others feel that since two thirds of sufferers are women, hormonal changes may play a major role, and that the condition may be more of an emotional or psycholocial problem.
Natural medicine practitioners, on the other hand, agree that IBS is often related to diet, but find that the “leaky gut” at the root this condition can be the result of an excessive use of antibiotics or other medications or an untreated yeast infection, problems that can usually be resolved.
What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?
Afflicted individuals often describe cramping pains, gaseousness, bloating and irregular bowel action. IBS can manifest itself in any number of ways including constipation, diarrhea, both, or no bowel movements at all. It can either be painful or painless. If diarrhea is a symptom, it may begin very suddenly and with extreme urgency, typically follows soon after a meal, although it can also occur immediately upon awakening. Diarrhea during the night is rare. Some individuals experience bloating, gas and cramping throughout the lower abdomen. Other symptoms of IBS include nausea, headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety and difficulty concentrating.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, but they do not address the root of the problem. By assessing the root of the problem, as natural medicine therapies do, Irritable bowel syndrome can be alleviated permanently.
The physicians at Sunridge Medical have found that symptoms frequently can be improved and even reversed with our natural treatments. We take a holistic approach to patient care and strive not only treat the disease, but also alleviate symptoms, increase quality of life and, most importantly, address the underlying cause of disease.
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