What is the best treatment, nonprescription to handle IBS?

July 7th, 2008

Arron27 asked:

I am looking for something to help with IBS that you may be able to order over the internet.

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    22 Responses to “What is the best treatment, nonprescription to handle IBS?”

    1. cazzatobeon 11 Jul 2008 at 1:56 am

      the only way to control ibs is diet.
      ibs is not cureable, so don’t bother with wasting body effort or your wallet with pills or meds.

      all you can do, is eat what you can digest.
      cut out all heavy, strong-flavoured or spicey foods.
      eat mainly raw vegies and fruit and small amounts of meat and carbs.

      if your ibs is real nasty, go on JUST raw salads and vegies and fruits for a week, then slowly add the meat and carbs.

      best of luck man, i know it’s nasty as I’ve got it too.
      If i get worked up, it plays up, so i have to keep a tab on my moods as well.
      my doc suggested meds and anti-depressants (i’m not depressed). so i went to a naturopath and they said try the diet.
      i went on the diet in 2001 and am still in control of my ibs.


    2. Stacie Mon 12 Jul 2008 at 10:10 am

      for the most part I agree with the answer above about eating raw salads. I do want to add that drinking ALOT of water and very little caffeine will also help. I also find jogging regularly gives me a lot of relief.

    3. Jon Ron 13 Jul 2008 at 11:23 am

      stress is a major contributor for ibs. You could try meditation/hypnosis techniques for this.

      Look at for more information

    4. montreaux1991on 14 Jul 2008 at 5:34 am

      I agree with what was said above, plus ginger, Acidophilus, Garden of Life “perfect food”, and digestive enzymes.

      Make sure the enzymes are vegetarian based.

    5. -blson 17 Jul 2008 at 2:00 am

      Georges aloe Vera cleans pockets in intestines takes 2 to 3 weeks to work all the way. also fiber made from seeds not husks is very good.Garden of life is what I use.Called super seed.You can look both up on web.www.georgesaloe.com&www.gardenoflife.com. Try it you will love the results.Do both twice a day.Double the aloe accounding to the directions.

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    8. swimminginspamon 18 Jul 2008 at 7:10 pm

      I absolutely agree with the first two answers and I second everything they said. Also, I’d add that you likely need to cut dairy out of your diet.
      When I did that, my problems with IBS settled down significantly. Mood still does affect it and probably always will, but not nearly to the degree it used to.
      However, be warned, when you do cut dairy completely out of your diet and then decide that you just have to have an ice cream cone, you will regret it for days!

    9. Jeromeon 10 Mar 2009 at 10:16 am

      I took a trip overseas and ended up with intestinal parasites. My HMO did not discover this fact because they were worthless, cheap bastards. They didn’t want to run any exams because it costs money to do so. The public hospital didn’t want to see me because I was insured. I know, I should have simply lied to the public health hospital!

      At any rate, once I had discovered the parasites on my own, the doctor was able to make a *diagnosis*. Did you know that only a physician can make a diagnosis? Also, most physicians aren’t very good at it. That’s why they prescribe medication. To mask the symptoms of whatever it is that ails you.

      IBS = “I b.s.” If you want to understand IBS, google “IBS / trashcan diagnosis”, as it is a “catch all” diagnosis, if you still want to call it that. If they do not know what is the matter with you and they do not have the time or energy or inclination to figure out what is wrong with you, then you invariably have IBS…

      Fortunately, I was able to overcome my “IBS”, my “motility disorder”, my rampant “food allergies” and the accompanying “anxiety and depression”. What I loved the best was when the gang of incompetents decided to play the game this way, “Perhaps, you anxiety and depression are CAUSING your IBS… hmmm.”

      Oh, yeah. So. Do you want to know how I was cured? I picked up a book on detoxification after a woman I had been seeing recommended a detox kit. She found the relationship too cumbersome, with my health issues and all. But obviously, she was a blessing.

      My physician was very upset by the fact that I went outside of the HMO. He was not happy to see me well. Let me state that again. My physician was UPSET after I announced to him that I was well. He had tried to persuade me on several occasions in the past to simply accept the idea that “I b.s.” was an incurable disease. I found his reaction quite interesting. I next set up an appointment to visit the psychiatric department to let them know that, with my illness gone, my depression had lifted. I used to try a little this and a little that for a couple of weeks at a time. I was desperate. But, no antidepressant could cure gut problems and it was a mistake in my case to ever attempt using them because, when I met the shrink, and I had never seen him before, he already knew what I had come to say. I suppose my medical doctor had spoken to him. So, the first thing he did was insult me. Oh, yes. He wasn’t happy that I had gone outside of the HMO. I kid you not. I explained to him how it was that I had gotten well, what with my former girl friend explaining to me that I needed to purchase a detox kit. And the shrink smirked and began laughing in my face. Oh, yes. They say that in the past two years alone, the pharmaceutical industry has spent nearly $1 billion dollars lobbying congress. I hope they go the way of the banking system, straight to hell.

      I used to date a woman who worked for a drug company when she was much younger. She explained to me that most of the drug company’s competitors also hired young women. And all of them were interested in dating and, eventually marrying a doctor. Oh, my! Drug sales aren’t the only thing rising in doctor’s offices.

      Anyhow, I was healed and made well by a very cheap drug. And I got rid of my IBS in three weeks. Which, as I later learned, is quite common. And I have spoken with many people. Average people. People with common sense and no vested economic interest in my health outcome. What worked for me was this: I initially tried colon hydrotherapy. I hated the idea. But I found that it was time that I took control of my health care. I took the plunge. My gut felt much better immediately afterward. As if it had been held in a state of tension for years and was now stretching and yawning like a well fed kitten.

      After that experience, I realized that alternative medicine, holistic medicine, integrative medicine, herbal medicine and the like were not simply scams intended to take my money. I realized that I had been wrong to have ever thought so and that the real buffoons were all working for my HMO.

      Up next on the agenda was a visit to a private, alternative health clinic near a wealthy suburb in California. It is funny, but a number of these clinics are situated near wealthy communities such as Palos Verdes, Beverly Hills and Marin County. Places where people don’t have time to sit around and mope over gastrointestinal illness. It would simply be too inconvenient for their lifestyle and work habit.

      Funny thing, again: The alternative health clinics do not charge you very much at all. And if they can solve your health problem, then for God’s sake, why would anyone want to keep visiting some other place where they are simply told that they will remain ill. Stay here, and stay sick. Go there, and be well. Simple choice? You’d think so. Unfortunately, it can take many people months, years and decades to get off the pot, no pun intended.

      The alt. health clinic physician had a long list of tests that I could take in the area in which I was interested in examining. My HMO physician, in contrast, was adament that I should not pursue any tests in this area. And all I wanted to know about was the bacterial and yeast composition of my stool. By the time I got to the alternative health clinic, that point was mute. I already knew what I wanted and I had already formed my argument. What I tried was mycostatin. It came out of their refrigerator and it was an extremely fine powder, which is the only thing I wanted. Without going into the reasons, I did not want it in hard tablets and I did not want a sweet, sticky liquid suspension. Think about it.

      The hydrotherapist had already explained to me the importance of food combinations and also the importance of going on an anti-candida diet. I followed their recommendations while taking the mycostatin. In 3 weeks my condition had improved by a remarkable 85%. I was able to kiss my food allergies goodbye. And for the first time in many, many years, I was able to begin eating fruit, drinking coffee, enjoying vegetables and grain cereals, etc. I was able to enjoy food again. Breakfast was no longer a nightmare that I woke up to.

      And do you know what? After having spoken to my HMO physician and their wack job psychiatrist, I next decided to visit their gastroenterologist. Just for fun, mind you. I had to ask him if he had ever heard of nystatin, which is the generic name for mycostatin. He had not. Next, I asked him to look up nystatin on his computer. That he did. And would you know, my HMO’s computer database described nystatin as indicated in the treatment of IBS? What a zinger!

      A word of advise: If you sue your HMO, please be advised that they will alter your medical record. Documents of office visits will simply disappear. Their attorney will try to portray you in the worst possible light. Physicians will rally around the team. They all are partners in the enterprise, afterall. And you will not look so good. The medical expert they hire on their behalf will say anything to discredit you. And you will be surprised to find that their *expert* doesn’t seem to have published anything that you can find. Which is a brilliant strategy for a professional expert, when you stop and think about it.

      I have been well for three years. I hope that you get well, too. And soon. Suing overworked, disinterested and incompetent physicians isn’t generally worth the bother. There is widespread fraud in the medical profession. It makes the Catholic Church look like it’s being run by choir boys, in way of comparison. If you would like to really get sick to your stomachs, please feel free to visit your local community law library and hit the sections on medical fraud and medical malpractice.

    10. herbal colon cleansingon 31 Mar 2009 at 4:36 am

      This is the way things should be, get off what we are on now

    11. Heatheron 02 Nov 2009 at 3:56 pm

      I’d say your best OTC help for IBS is a prebiotic soluble fiber supplement like Tummy Fiber (for diarrhea or constipation), a probiotic (for bloating and diarrhea/constipation), peppermint oil capsules with fennel oil (for abdominal pain and bloating).

      For dietary help, I’d have to say the recommendations above to eat only raw veggies and meat would simply kill me. With IBS you have to be very careful with insoluble fiber, which is in raw veggies and bran. You want to base your meals on soluble fiber, found in foods like oatmeal, pasta, and root veggies.

      There is great IBS diet info here http://www.helpforibs.com/diet/ that will really help all symptoms.


    12. Janon 25 May 2010 at 4:55 am

      Just wondering if anyone has used an all natural supplemnent called Seacure from a company called Proper Nutrition. I have read good things about it but am hesitant to start taking pills if I dont’ have too. But 100% natural might be a good combination with a good diet and hopefully less stress. Any opinions???

    13. Sachaon 10 Jul 2010 at 3:44 am

      Check candida websites and information – can cause ibs, chrons and all of this…

    14. Tmanon 29 Jul 2010 at 4:32 am

      Great! Blog love the info. I would suggest trying a soluble fiber and a teaspoon of glutamine in a glass first thing in the morning. This will neutralize acid and eliminate diarrhea 🙂 For more info like this check out this (audio book) very good!!! http://www.ibssolution.info

    15. Tonyon 04 Dec 2010 at 10:12 am

      There is a complete treatment for IBS other than regulating food.

    16. Cary Scholeron 02 May 2011 at 6:44 pm

      To All,
      My wife starting eating a probiotic chocolate and her episodes went away within a week. This chocolate helps get the probiotic down to your stomach. We have shared this chocolate with many people and all have seen greta results. if anyone wants to know about this chocolate please contact me at cary.r.scholer@intel.com. If you send me a e-mail and want to tal on the phone I will give you a call.

    17. Hi,

      Im an Australian Registered Nutritionist am im currently doing my PhD on diet and digestive issues.
      This is a great blog with a lot of good information and insight.
      I answer to your question first of all you need to find out if you actually have a IBS. Many people suffer from digestive issues due to allergens in the diet and the outcomes can be very similar to those of people who have IBS.
      The reason this is important is that there are certain things that can help both digestive issues BUT you need to treat the condition with it’s specific requirements.
      In some cases it is good to think of it as trying to use cough syrup to treat a broken neck!
      It is just going to fail.. and your not going to get the results you deserve.

      If in fact you do not have IBS then it is easily fixed by basic allergy tests and a good solid diet plan that is individualized to you.

      If you do have IBS you can treat the condition in various ways but one of the best and easiest to start is with a good course of antibiotics & then mega dosing with beneficial digestive bacteria. Easy bought over the counter – ensure to get the right strains though because some supplements have the wrong bacteria strains and the good ‘bugs’ just die and its a waste of money.

      From there on in there are certain foods you have to avoid to ensure that the good ‘bugs’ stay healthy.

      For more information on foods check out my blog list – by going here http://www.foodstoavoidwithibs.org

      Nutritionist Chris

    18. Theresaon 04 Nov 2011 at 7:09 am

      For those who are considering taking Align as a probiotic answer, a word of caution, it may cause a bad yeast infection for you women. I tried it for my IBS and within two tablets I started with a bad yeast infection and had to go to the doctor for treatment. Just wanted to pass that information along.

    19. Cary Scholeron 04 Nov 2011 at 7:18 am

      To All,
      I know most of you are skeptical about chocolate being helpful but we have many many proven cases that Xocai Xobiotic has removed IBS symptoms within weeks of them starting to eating the chocolate.


    20. Steve Ballietton 05 Dec 2011 at 1:10 pm

      I had Crohn’s Disease for over 10 years.

      What I did was that I totally removed from my diet the following…

      All Processed Foods
      Any Food With Natural Flavors/Presevatives
      ALL FAST FOOD (KFC, JIB, McD’s etc.)

      And replaced it with plant based foods. The Vegan Diet.

      I studied and learned how to convert my recipes.

      I learned which foods give you the most nutrition.

      I juiced organic fruits and vegetables.

      Detoxed my body using wheatgrass in grape juice.

      And strengthened my immune system using Sovereign Silver.

      The most remarkable thing I learned was that no human must eat animal blood or fat in their diet.

      After 6 six years me and my family feel outstanding!

      And we are never sick!

      It is my hope and prayer that everyone will experience the health that I can now finally have.

    21. stephon 05 Dec 2011 at 7:38 pm


      It sounds like you are on the right track! I am a Certified herbalist and what you are describing is the closest to what I would recommend…most folks here are recommending that you change your diet, but they forget the second half which is to cleanse your body of all the junk (that you may or may not think is in there, but is indeed!) that is preventing your body from healing.

      For anyone looking for a way to really cleanse yourself without using harmful drugs, I would highly recommend that you visit http://www.herballegacy.com/Constipation.html. This long-term treatment is healthy and safe for any who are willing to do this. Of course, I’d be happy to answer questions!

      This is not a quick fix; it will take a few months at minimum to fully cure IBS. Just wanted to let everyone know that this program is not an overnight miracle cure.

      God bless you all,

    22. mayaon 31 Jan 2012 at 7:56 am

      i agree, so much money has gone, from desparate searches for a nonprescription cure. there isn’t one. i am vegan, and am having some success starting each meal with a soluble fibre, and never eating insoluble fibre on it’s own, eg. nuts! but every bandwagon i’ve jumped on has crashed so, i’m not counting on it. managing IBS is really managing everything else that i CAN do something about to help take the focus off the pain.