Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Definition of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

A condition that causes upset intestines for a long period of time.  It is very unpleasant to the sufferer but tends to be harmless and usually does not lead to more serious complaints.  The symptoms vary from person to person and from day to day.  In order to be diagnosed with IBS, a person must have at least three of the following symptoms: pain in the lower abdomen; bloating; constipation; diarrhea or alternating diarrhea and constipation; nausea; loss of appetite; tummy rumbling; flatulence; mucous in stools; indigestion; constant tiredness; frequent urination; low back pain; painful intercourse for women.

Also: IBS

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Acupuncture a treatment
“...Commonly treated conditions ... IBS...”

Bacterial Dysbiosis

...the condition
“...This condition has been described in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and food intolerance...”
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Bayberry a treatment
“...Bayberry's astringency is thought to help intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and mucous colitis...”

Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone) a treatment
“...It is also used there, for inflammation of the bowels (IBS), pimples, diabetes, and ulcers...”

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

...relationship to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
“Research has shown that IBS frequently co-exists with CFS and fibromyalgia...”

Crohn's Disease

...our question about Amount of dairy product consumption
“Johne's disease (paratuberculosis) is an infection that cows pass on to humans as irritable bowel syndrome.  It has no cure and costs dairy producers over $1.5 billion each year [Source: USDA]...”
...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“...Occasionally, the milk-borne bacteria will begin to grow in the human host, and irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease results...”

Delayed Gastric Emptying (Gastroparesis)

...the condition
“...Delayed gastric emptying is also associated with a variety of symptoms or diseases such as heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia and GERD...”


...relationship to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
“October, 2013: Researchers from the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork reported that psychological factors such as anxiety and depression may be the central drivers of IBS, rather than the inflammation originating in the gut itself...”


...the condition
“...There are many different causes, including drugs and chemicals; infection with viruses, bacteria, or parasites; certain foods; stress; tumors; and chronic disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and malabsorption syndromes...”

Digestive Habit Changes a treatment
“...A high-fiber diet also helps prevent or treat certain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, and hemorrhoids...”

Diverticular Disease

...related topic
“...Diverticulosis may not cause any symptoms but could include mild cramps, bloating and constipation – all of which are common to other conditions such as IBS or ulcers...”
...recommendation High/Increased Fiber Diet
“...Complications from intestinal diseases such as diverticulosis or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are prevented by a diet rich in high fiber foods...”


...the condition
“...masquerade as several other conditions, including adenomyosis, appendicitis, ovarian cysts, bowel obstructions, colon cancer, diverticulitis, fibroid tumors, gonorrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cancer, and pelvic inflammatory disease...”

Gallbladder Disease

...the condition
“...Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be somewhat similar, including difficulty digesting fatty foods...”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...Craving high sugar foods; Frequent intestinal bloating or gas especially after eating; Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); Acid reflux / GERD / heartburn; Indigestion; Constipation; Diarrhea; Frequent nausea and or vomiting; Difficulty gaining weight; Iron deficiency anemia; Head, Brain and...”

High/Increased Fiber Diet a treatment
“...Water insoluble fiber assists in maintaining regular bowel movements, but may have an adverse or detrimental effect on irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease...”

Hypercoagulation (Thickened Blood)

...the condition
“...This list currently includes CFS/FMS, myofascial pain syndrome, osteonecrosis of the jaw, fetal loss, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Sjogren's syndrome, IBS, Lyme disease, autism, gulf war illness and ADD...”

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

...the condition
“Alternative names: Spastic Colon Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the intestines affecting perhaps 20% of the adult population that leads to pain, gassiness, bloating, and changes in bowel habits...”
...our question about Amount of dairy product consumption
“Johne's disease is an infection that cows pass on to humans as irritable bowel syndrome.  Johne's disease has no cure and costs dairy producers over $1.5 billion each year [Source: USDA]...”
...relationship to Bacterial Dysbiosis
“...IBS has been studied in patients with diarrhea, cramps and specific food intolerances...”
...relationship to Allergy to Foods (Hidden)
“The presence of food allergy is concealed in a variety of diagnoses including irritable bowel syndrome.”
...recommendation Vitamin K
“See the link between IBS and Vitamin B12.”
...recommendation Stress Management
“Stress stimulates colonic spasm in people with IBS.  Stress reduction (relaxation) training or counseling and support help relieve IBS symptoms in some people.”
...recommendation High/Increased Fiber Diet
“Dietary fiber may lessen IBS symptoms in many cases...”
...recommendation Marijuana
“There are quite a few people who use marijuana to control the symptoms of abdominal pain and nausea associated with irritable bowel syndrome.  Some make the claim that this helps more than any other thing they have tried.”
...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“...Occasionally, the milk-borne bacteria will begin to grow in the human host, and irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease results...”
...recommendation Peppermint Oil
“Enteric-coated Peppermint oil has been used in treating the irritable bowel syndrome in Europe for many years...”
...recommendation Smaller, More Frequent Meals
“Large meals can cause cramping and diarrhea for those with IBS.  Symptoms may be eased if you eat smaller meals more often or just eat smaller portions...”
...recommendation Calcium
“See the link between IBS and Vitamin B12.”
...recommendation Vitamin A
“See the link between IBS and Vitamin B12.”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“Vitamins B12, A, D, E and K along with calcium and a lactose-free diet are often recommended by clinicians treating IBS.”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“See the link between IBS and Vitamin B12.”
...recommendation Vitamin D
“See the link between IBS and Vitamin B12.”
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Indian Long Pepper a treatment
“...reducing body fat; preventing lung disorders; supporting skeletal function; increasing bone strength; slowing the aging process; anemia; rheumatoid arthritis; tuberculosis; malaria; insect bites; irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); hiccups; increasing breast milk production; Indian long pepper interacts with certain drugs, such as Phenytoin, Propranolol, and Theophylline...”

Interstitial Cystitis

...the condition
“...Interstitial cystitis patients often have other chronic conditions as well, such as allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and sensitive skin...”
...relationship to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
“Interstitial cystitis often occurs alongside Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  In fact, several studies suggest that interstitial cystitis patients are 100 times more likely to have irritable bowel syndrome than those without.”

Noni a treatment
“...It is also used for asthma; digestive disorders including ulcers; irritable bowel syndrome; constipation and diarrhea; and fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by fatigue and chronic pain...”

Psyllium a treatment
“...Psyllium is used for treating chronic constipation, stool softening (hemorrhoids, post-rectal surgery), irritable bowel syndrome, and to increase dietary fiber...”

Schisandra Berry a treatment
“...Other Uses ... Irritable bowel syndrome: Chinese herbal combination formula containing wormwood, ginger, bupleurum, schisandra, dan shen, and other extracts...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

...the condition
“...renal tubular acidosis – a risk factor for kidney stones, glomerular disease); Gastrointestinal symptoms Swallowing difficulty due to decreased saliva production; Constipation; Food intolerances; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Heartburn; Indigestion; Inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis); Connective tissue disorders; Debilitating fatigue; The doctor will first take a detailed medical...”


...related topic
“...Those years of poor digestion, heartburn, and the systematic suppression of upper intestinal function by adrenalin stress have not yet become overt gastritis, ulcers, or IBS.”

Vinegar a treatment
“...For indigestion, gastric reflux, IBS, bad breath, diverticulitis, fatty liver, lactose intolerance, allergies, fatigue...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...Gastrointestinal ... Irritable bowel syndrome...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...diseases (such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis); atopic problems (allergy, eczema, asthma or migraine); or many of the inflammatory diseases (such as osteoarthritis, ME or irritable bowel syndrome), have a consistent, and often severe, zinc deficiency, which is greatly benefited by a programme of zinc replacement therapy...”
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