Natural Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome come to the Fore
With Several Mainstream Drugs having Failed, Natural Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome come to the Fore
The Ben Stiller movies that make fun of irritable bowel syndrome notwithstanding, this disease happens to be a pretty widespread source of misery to Americans – 20% of America has it. They cramp from it, they have diarrhea, they have everything in between. It can’t be denied that this is a very common disease; but to look at the kind of options you have to treat it with, you wouldn’t think it was barely known of. There are practically no serious cures for IBS. So when drugs don’t seem to really work well with IBS, could there be any options that don’t involve drugs – could there, say, be natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome?
The Journal of Family Practice believes that most sufferers of the irritable bowel syndrome could really benefit from the alternative treatment methods that exist. There is a reason why a mainstream medical journal should extend itself to thinking about alternative treatments. It’s just that conventional methods of medication for IBS just don’t work for a good number of all patients. Zelnorm, a drug that used to be one of the pillars of conventional treatment of IBS, had to be taken off the market for the health problems that caused; and in the case of Lotronex, the drug has been seriously constrained in its ability to address a large market because of the incidental effects it is known to cause.
With two of the main IBS drugs practically made off-limits, doctors now wonder if natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome, probiotics, herbal prescriptions and even hypnosis could be of help. While there certainly isn’t enough research that’s gone to any of these treatment methods, doctors appear to feel confident enough in their inability to harm that what little research does exist in these natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome, seems to do for now.
There already are commercial herbal pills on the market for irritable bowel syndrome. Iberograst, a popular formulation, contains bitter candy tufts, chamomile, celadine, Angelica and lemon balm. While they certainly haven’t had a chance to test this formulation to any rigorous scientific standards, initial testing does seem encouraging. Probiotics like bifidobacterium, and soluble fiber like from psyllium husk seem to help too.
Surprisingly, seeking the services of a hypnotherapist seems to be a way by which to help one’s condition too. Unless your IBS has something to do with serious diarrhea, studies do say that hypnosis can work with four out of five patients. This certainly is legitimate; websites like IBSHypnosis and the Mayo Clinic second this.
This post was written by NTFP_Assistant on February 23, 2012