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IBS Melbourne

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common gastrointestinal disorder that affects the stomach and intestines of the gastrointestinal tract. It is thought to affect as many as 1 in 7 people.

In my online Melbourne clinic, I see so many people diagnosed with IBS. Diagnosis often happens after their symptoms have met Rome IV criteria and all of their tests, such as gastroscopy and colonoscopy, have not identified another issue such as coeliac disease or inflammatory bowel disease.

Often these patients have been told these symptoms will be an ongoing issue and a low FODMAP diet under the guidance of a dietician is the only treatment available. As a holistic gut health expert there is so much that can be done to significantly improve your IBS symptoms and food tolerance when the underlying causes are understood and addressed. An important driver of IBS is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) where it is thought that up to 78% of people with IBS may also have SIBO.

Why you need to work with an holistic IBS practitioner

Working with a qualified and experienced IBS practitioner, like myself, will ensure:

• The correct tests have been ordered to thoroughly understand your gut

• The tests have been interpreted correctly which will help narrow down treatment options

• The best holistic treatments for IBS have been chosen for your unique needs

• The underlying causes for IBS is being addressed, which will help reduce your risk of staying on long-term restrictive diets, such as low FODMAP diets, or being stuck using ineffective symptom relief treatments

• Other complicated issues that contribute to IBS, such as microbiome dysbiosis, immune system dysfunction and nervous system dysfunction are supported

• You will receive individualised dietary advice to support your IBS journey which will reduce food anxiety and confusion


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    Key symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain and abnormal bowel habits (constipation, diarrhea or a mixture of both). Excessive gas, distension, bloating and urgency to poo are extremely common. In addition to gut symptoms, many IBS sufferers experience intolerances to many foods especially those considered high FODMAP family such as milk, beans, garlic, onion and certain fruits and vegetables.
We still do not know the exact cause of IBS, although there are a number of factors that are thought to play a role. These include gut nervous system, altered gut motility, dysbiosis such as SIBO, leaky gut and infections such as gastroenteritis.
IBS is diagnosed by using the Rome IV diagnostic criteria. This criteria involves you experiencing a list of key symptoms over a period of time. In regards to testing, it is often the absence of a positive result that also leads a doctor diagnosing you with IBS, for example your colonoscopy and coeliac blood test have come back as normal, yet you have symptoms. Unfortunately, this testing and diagnosis process doesn't test or identify the root cause of IBS, which is vital when creating an effective treatment plan achieving results.
The treatment of IBS needs to be holistic, meaning we need to look at all the underlying root causes of IBS, not just focus on relieving the symptoms. This includes understanding and supporting areas such as your visceral sensitivity, motility, microbiome health, leaky gut and immune system. In my clinic, I use a combination of herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, dietary advice and lifestyle suggestions including meditation and hypnosis.
As a chronic gut condition, aiming for a permanent cure of IBS is unrealistic. Rather, it is totally possible to be symptom free or have minimal infrequent symptoms and tolerate food when you are committed to managing your health ongoing and have addressed the underlying causes of your IBS.

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