Digestive Disorders & Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Digestive complaints is one of the easiest and quickest to resolve group of complaints that Naturopathic Medicine addresses. Many people live with uncomfortable symptoms for years including:
- Diarrhea or Constipation (or both)
- Mucous in Stools
- Blood in Stools
- GERD or reflux/heartburn
- Ulcers or gastritis
- IBS-Irritable bowel symdrome
- IBD-Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Chron's Disease
In Naturopathic medicine, we approach the healing of the digestive system differently by careful analysis of irritants such as specific foods for individuals, presence of yeast, bacteria or lack of good gut flora.
Then there is a comprehensive plan to reverse the symptoms and to heal the stomach, small intestines or colon. Our treatments for IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), Chron's disease, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, GERD, reflux, ulcers etc. are extremely successful. No mater how many years you have been suffering with these discomforts you should expect to be free of these symptoms with naturopathic medical treatments within a few months. Most experience relief within one month but depending on the severity or extent of your illness and imbalance, results may differ for you.
IBS what is it?
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a problem that affects mainly the bowel, which is also called the large intestine. The bowel is the part of the digestive system that makes and stores stool. The word syndrome means a group of symptoms. IBS is a syndrome because it can cause several symptoms. For example, IBS causes cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.
With IBS, the nerves and muscles in the bowel are extra-sensitive. For example, the muscles may contract too much when you eat. These contractions can cause cramping and diarrhea during or shortly after a meal. Or the nerves can be overly sensitive to the stretching of the bowel (because of gas, for example). Cramping or pain can result. For other people, constipation is a common problem and the gas and bloating, pain and discomfort associated with the constipation is another symptom successfully addressed by naturopathic medicine.
How does Naturopathic Medicine Treat IBS?
There are many causes of IBS including and in conventional medicine there is no consensus as to why one is more predisposed to have IBS than another. Your naturopathic doctor considers the following factors as possible causes of IBS :
- Food allergies or food sensitivities
- Maldigestion or Malabsorption problems
- Improper diet for your metabolic type
- Microbiology imbalance in the bowels
- Candida (yeast) in the bowels
- Digestive enzyme imbalance
Your naturopathic doctor will approach your case by making appropriate changes in your diet, utilize nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and herbs to soothe the lining of your colon, teach you stress management techniques and identify any food allergies and/or microbiology imbalances and treat accordingly. We provide food sensitivity testing, complete stool analyses, comprehensive parasitology testing, microbiology testing of stool to help us determine why you might have IBS.
You should expect to have significant improvement in your condition within the month. As always naturopathic medicine works to identify the root cause of your illness and help stimulate the body's ability to heal by providing an optimal environment for such healing.
Common treatment modalities used by our naturopathic doctors include:
- Herbal Medicine
- Cellular detoxification
- Auricular therapy (ear acupressure) for relief of pain, constipation or diarrhea
- Diet/lifestyle modification
- Flower Essences
- NAET allergy elimination technique
- Vitamin/Mineral therapies
- Stress management techniques