Effective Treatment of IBS With Homeopathy

Updated: Jun 22

"Doctors may be dismissive of it but, for the sufferer, it is a condition causing untold suffering, worry and inconvenience" - Janet Gray, Medical GP for over 20 years.

One of the ailments most seen by first-contact doctors and general practitioners is a stomach ache. It is the job of the consulting doctor to determine between the patients who may have a serious disease, for example, stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, or, even worse, bowel cancer, from those who “simply” have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).


There are no ways to test for IBS – a diagnosis is made by excluding other diseases, which probably explains why doctors may have a rather dismissive attitude to it. The patient may be told, “All your tests and examinations have come back normal – it’s only IBS.”


In actual fact, from the sufferer’s point of view, it is a condition causing untold suffering, worry and inconvenience.


What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?


IBS is a very common, debilitating condition, affecting as many as 20 per cent of the population, with more females suffering than males. It is concentrated in the 20 to 40 year age group, but can occur at all ages.



Causing not only intense symptoms (see symptoms below), IBS also has great impact on functionality, also resulting in shame and embarrassment. Rather than being classified as a pathological disease, IBS is assumed to be due to a manifestation of a disordered central nervous system(psyche) and enteric nervous system (neurology of gastric tract).


The bowel may also react to emotional states, such as anger or anxiety. Such “gut reactions” appear to be especially likely in those who find it difficult to share their feelings with others, expressing mental distress through physical symptoms.

Food sensitivities or intolerances can cause IBS symptoms (as opposed to true food allergy which occurs rapidly after ingesting very small quantities of the food concerned, for example peanuts or shellfish). Abnormal fermentation in the colon, following antibiotic usage and candidal colonisation of the bowel, can also cause IBS symptoms.

Homeopathy yields highly effective treatment results as it acts by simulating both the central and enteric nervous systems, tackling both aspects of the problem.

If you believe you may be suffering from IBS, consult us for highly effective & safe treatment. Specialising in psychological wellness, including gastroenterology, our Homeopathic doctor provides personalised care through fully natural and reassuringly safe remedies which provide fast, long-term results.


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Types of IBS

IBS is classified according to which symptoms are the most frequent. The following is one of several classifications that exist:


Spastic colon: Characterised by constipation and abdominal pain, which is most often left-sided and relieved by opening the bowels. May be associated instead with diarrhoea.


Functional diarrhoea: Characterised by attacks of diarrhoea, mostly in the mornings. The first bowel movement is usually formed, followed by a rush of mushy or watery motions. These may be explosive, and sufferers are often toilet-bound for long periods of time.


Foregut dysmotility: Characterised by abdominal bloating and discomfort frequently after eating. Visible stomach enlargement is often a problem and any pain is more often experienced on the right side.


Extra-bowel manifestations: IBS sufferers often have other symptoms including lethargy, backache, urinary symptoms (“irritable bladder”), pelvic pain and migraine.


Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease

  • Abdominal pain associated with defecation.

  • Irregular pattern of defecation for at least two days a week.

  • Three or more of the following:

- Altered stool frequency

- Altered stool form (hard/loose)

- Altered stool passage (straining/urgency/ sense of incomplete evacuation)

- Mucus per rectum

- Bloating or feeling of abdominal distension


Warning symptoms that may need further investigation:

  • Change in bowel habit.

  • Passing blood per rectum.

  • Weight loss.

  • Constant abdominal pain.


Common IBS Triggers


Food Triggers including:

  • Refined or highly processed foods

  • Foods cooked or containing preservatives

  • Carbonated, fizzy or gassy drinks

  • Dairy products




Stress Triggers including:

  • Anxiety or anxious feelings

  • Fear or Fright related sensations

  • Work-related stressors

  • Personal relationships

  • Financial challenges

Some prescription Drugs/Medicinal Triggers including:

  • Antibiotics

  • Antidepressants


Why Don't Conventional Treatments of IBS Work In The Long Term?


This is a syndrome that is not managed well with conventional treatment.


  • Symptomatic relief can be obtained with smooth muscle relaxants such as peppermint oil or mebeverine hydro­chloride.

  • Constipation can be managed with ispaghula bulking agents and diarrhoea with loperamide or codeine phosphate.

  • Dietary management is important with a trial of an exclusion diet to detect food intolerance, if indicated by the history.


However none of these conventional managements addresses the problem as a whole – they just single out one symptom at a time to treat. This is where Homeopathy is so valuable as a therapy. It is truly a holistic form of treatment, addressing not only the bowel symptoms, but also the psyche and the other extra-bowel symptoms that may be present.


Homeopathy Effectively Treats IBS Short-Term & Long-Term


Homeopathy works by re-establishing the equilibrium between the central nervous system and enteric nervous system. Psychological aspects are important determinants of the quality of the peristaltic movements, resulting in very effective results when treatment is applied to both these areas.


The vital point in the homeopathic treatment of IBS is to prescribe remedies based on the totality of the patient’s symptoms, including common signs and symptoms of the disease, physical constitutional symptoms in addition to psychological and emotional sates of the person, rather than just on the local abdominal symptoms. By doing so, the various symptom associated with IBS improve gradually and consistently, treating the root cause of the person's IBS, leaving very satisfied customers, and not simply “paper over the cracks”.

If you believe you may have IBS, you don't have to suffer in silence or seek temporary relief anymore. Consult us for a highly effective, long lasting treatment today. Specialising in psychological wellness, including gastroenterology, our Homeopathic doctor provides personalised care through fully natural and reassuringly safe remedies which provide fast, long-term results. Our remedies have NO side effects.


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Successful Case Histories Treated By Homeopathy, compiled & written by Janet Gray

The following cases show how IBS can be treated with different homeopathic medicines according to the underlying problems.


John

Take John, for instance. He was a 40 year-old engineer, happily married with one daughter. However, his life was plagued by frequent attacks of abdominal pain, with distension, wind and constipation. He also suffered from heartburn, which woke him in the night.


It all seemed to start after several courses of antibiotics given for severe pneumonia. He was now unable to eat bread (something he loved) or fruit or curries or fatty food.


His own GP had investigated him thoroughly and ascertained that there was “nothing wrong” other than IBS. He was treating him with the usual anti­spasmodics and antacids, which helped each attack, but did nothing to prevent a recurrence.


John was very upset that his GP appeared to be dismissive of him, and did not listen to him.

He was quite emotional while I was taking his history, and also told me with tears in his eyes about the death of his father. Because of this, and because of his food intolerances, I gave him Pulsatilla 30c, and he was incredulous of the improvement. His heartburn stopped completely, but he still had occasional attacks of left-sided abdominal pain, causing him to bend double, and which were relieved with a hot water bottle.


He was still quite angry with his GP, so this time I gave him Colocynth 30c, which resolved the problem.


Cyril

Another man, Cyril, was a 60 year-old pipe fitter who had suffered from IBS for ten years. It started when his wife was very ill and he had had to nurse her until she died.


All his investigations were normal, and he was on conventional medication, which was not really controlling his symptoms. He suffered from lower abdominal pain, with a feeling he must rush to open his bowels.There was no wind, but copious diarrhoea, and he was always worried he may have an accident.


He was a chilly person who loved the heat. Food-wise, he had a sweet tooth, and also desired cream, but was averse to fat, curries and spices. He was a great worrier about little things, and was always restless and agitated. He described himself as a “fuss-pot”.


On these characteristics I prescribed Arsenicum 30c, with the result that he was gradually able to reduce his conventional medication, and eventually come off it altogether.


Joan

Joan was incapacitated by diarrhoea, which drove her out of bed in the mornings. She was a 37 year-old teacher who had developed problems after a tummy upset 18 months previously, after which she never seemed to settle completely.


She constantly felt the need to open her bowels and also suffered from wind, gurgling and bloating. She described herself as a hot, sweaty person, although she loved the hot weather. Foodwise she loved cream and butter but was averse to salt. She adored her food and ate it very quickly. Her personality projected itself as extrovert and bubbly and she admitted to being untidy and not minding mess.


I gave her Sulphur 30c and her diarrhoea became a thing of the past.


Bob

Bob’s problems started when he had an attack of diarrhoea whilst on a flight to the USA. He was a 40 year-old successful business man, but this problem made him very anxious whilst travelling and when he knew he was going to be involved in long meetings.


He was ambitious, with high standards, but his anxieties were holding him back. Especially problematic were situations when he would be asked to do a public presentation. Although he always did them well, it was at tremendous personal cost.


He had a great desire for chocolate, which immediately disagreed with his tummy, and he could only eat small meals because he became full very quickly. He had abdominal pain on the right side, which was better for opening his bowels and passing flatus. He always had a bad time at 4pm.


All these characteristics led me to prescribe Lycopodium 30c, to which he responded very well.

Our Homeopathic remedies are 100% natural, completely safe with no side effects, highly effective and long lasting. Specialising in psychological wellness, including gastroenterology, our Homeopathic doctor provides personalised care through treatments seeing our clients to recovery.


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This article is closely adapted from the original, written by Janet Gray, MA MBBChir MRCOG MFHom DRCOG DFFP, a GP for over 20 years, has been using homeopathy in her Bristol practice for the last 15 years. She lectures in homeopathy at the Bristol Teaching Centre and has a small private practice near Chippenham.

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