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Chinese Medicine – A New Cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

May 16th, 2007

Can Chinese medicine be used to treat IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

IBS mainly results from the dysfunction of the spleen and stomach, whose purpose is to digest food then transport the food essence to other parts of the body. Chinese herbal medicine usually treats IBS very effectively. However, each individual patient is treated with a different prescription according to the main treatment principles.
Cold-dampness is usually a result of dysfunction of the spleen and stomach. The condition is manifested by frequent bowel movements with loose, watery stools, wind in the stomach, bloated abdomen, poor appetite and white greasy tongue coating.

Damp-heat usually manifests itself with frequent bowel movements with a burning sensation, abdominal pain and red tongue with a yellowish coating. Continue Reading »

New Guidelines for Treatment of Adults with IBS

May 15th, 2007

The British Society of Gastroenterology has issued guidelines for diagnosing and treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including dietary and psychological treatments, in primary care and other settings. The new recommendations for IBS, a chronic, relapsing gastrointestinal problem characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habit, are published in the May 8 Online First issue of Gut.

“While the precise prevalence and incidence depends on the criteria used, all studies agree that it is a common disorder, affecting a substantial proportion of individuals in the general population, and presenting frequently to general practitioners and to specialists,” write Robin Spiller, MD, from the University Hospital in Nottingham, United Kingdom, and colleagues.

“IBS is troublesome, with a significant negative impact on quality of life and social functioning in many patients, but is not known to be associated with the development of serious disease or with excess mortality. IBS generates significant healthcare costs both direct, due to IBS symptoms and associated disorders as well as indirect, due to time off work.” Continue Reading »

New IBS Over The Counter Drug – Digestive Advantage

April 13th, 2007

digestive-advantage.jpgFor those of you who are also irritable bowel syndrome sufferers like myself, you’re willing to try just about any new drug or therapy that becomes available on the market. Last time I was at the grocery store I came across a new product that claims to clinically manage abdominal pain and bloating and his drug-free.

Digestive Advantage irritable bowel syndrome is a once daily medical food product that is intended for use by irritable bowel syndrome sufferers. It is not a cure for irritable bowel syndrome nor is it intended to replace any medications that were prescribed by a physician.

The manufacturers claim their patent pending Ganeden Lactobacillus cultures contain what they call “healthy bacteria” is supposed to work within your intestinal ecosystem.

I have yet to try this new IBS product but my hopes are low since everything I’ve tried over the counter has failed to work. If any of you have already tried this product please comment below as I’m interested to hear your experiences with it.

You can purchase this product directly on or visit your local grocery store as they will probably have stock available as well.

Zelnorm – Good or Bad For You?

April 7th, 2007

As you probably already know, Zelnorm is a medicine used for the short-term treatment of women who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation (hard stools or difficulty passing stools) as their main bowel problem.

In 2002, the Novartis drug Zelnorm became the first and only prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the short-term treatment of women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) whose primary bowel symptom is constipation. Continue Reading »

Tips for Reducing Stress in Your Life

July 11th, 2006

Stress – We’ve all felt it at one time or another. But many people feel stress often; some even feel it as a part of their daily lives. Stress has been implicated as a possible cause of—or at least exacerbating some of the symptoms of—numerous conditions, including coronary artery disease, stroke, immune disorders, gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, eating problems, diabetes, sleep disturbances, and sexual reproduction dysfunction. Learning to reduce your stress levels can help you live happier, healthier, and maybe even longer.

The National Mental Health Association offers the following tips for reducing or controlling stress: Continue Reading »

Treating Abdominal Pain from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

July 9th, 2006

Pain is common, but you can do something about it.
Abdominal pain is a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). According to an August 2002 survey of 350 people with IBS by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, more than a third (39%) describe their pain as “extreme” or “very severe.” In fact, pain is a serious quality of life issue, causing many patients with IBS to miss work, school, and social events. How can people with IBS better manage their abdominal pain?

Why Pain Happens
The abdominal pain experienced by people with IBS may be a result of intestinal contractions. The muscles in the colon contract to move stool along and out of the body.In a person with IBS, these muscles may be contracting irregularly and intermittently along the length of the colon. This may cause symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, and gas. Pain is most common after a meal and may last for several hours. Continue Reading »

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How To Travel by Car with IBS

July 5th, 2006

Traveling with irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, or any other digestive problem can be a frustrating experience. Even for healthy people a trip takes planning, but traveling with a medical condition requires some special preparation for comfort. Don’t be stuck at home because you’re afraid to go very far from a restroom–learn how to travel without the stress. Continue Reading »

Hypnotherapy May Help Calm Irritable Bowels

July 5th, 2006

When a disease is poorly understood, when it’s of a distinctly personal nature and when medication doesn’t help, there’s often little left to do but to suffer in silence.

That’s the case for the 15 percent of Americans – about 25 million people – who have irritable bowel syndrome. Although television commercials and magazine advertisements promise easy relief for a chronically misbehaving gut, many people with the condition know better. The constipation, bloating, diarrhea and gas make their lives miserable, limiting some to short excursions when they leave home at all. Continue Reading »

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Hypnosis

March 27th, 2006

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as spastic colon, colitis or nervous stomach is a baffling and complex set of gastrointestinal symptoms that affects 15% to 20% of the population(approximately 20 million people). It is characterized by intermittent abdominal cramping, constipation, diarrhea, a combination of both constipation and diarrhea, pain and bloating. Some IBS patients report having both constipation and diarrhea in the same day. Two thirds of the patients are women. It is the second most cited reason for missed work days. It accounts for approximately half of all visits to gastroenterologists. Continue Reading »

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What is the Treatment for IBS?

March 26th, 2006

No cure has been found for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but many options are available to treat the symptoms. Your doctor will give you the best treatments available for your particular symptoms and encourage you to manage stress and make changes to your diet. Continue Reading »

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