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IBS – The Statistics & Treatments

IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a very painful chronic disorder characterised by the presence of abdominal pain or discomfort, which may be associated with defecation and/or accompanied by a change in bowel habit. It is thought to occur in 10-20% of the population in the UK although this could be higher due to many people choosing not to seek medical advice for this condition.

IBS – UK Statistics

We would like to provide you with a few statistics about IBS so that you know more about this disorder before we move on to the treatments available at the Norfolk Clinic.

  1. As well as the common symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain, other symptoms can include; lethargy, nausea, backache and bladder problems.
  2. IBS most often affects people between the ages of 20 and 30 years
  3. It is twice as common in women as in men
  4. IBS can affect mood, lifestyle, sex life, menstruation and PMS (women)
  5. Triggers of IBS include; Alcohol, processed foods, stress and anxiety
  6. IBS is not currently a included in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments (medical conditions that listed are eligible for benefits if the applicant meets the criteria in the listings)

Complementary Therapies for IBS.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicines are made from extracts of the whole plant not isolated synthesised chemicals. Herbal remedies have been found to be effective in a wide range of conditions including the treatment of respiratory, circulatory, urinary, nervous, gynaecological, stomach, bowel and skin problems.
Peppermint has often been used for treatment for IBS as it is used to calm the colon, which may cause some of the diarrhea and abdominal discomfort suffered by people with IBS.
Having said this we do not recommend using Peppermint oil on it’s own and for long periods of time. For people who are interested in true herbal therapy, please speak to our herbalist Tim Lane.

Reflexology

The British Reflexology Association showed how beneficial it can be in helping to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Most people who undertake in a session have found it an effective method of relaxation helping to reduce tension, leading to an overall greater sense of wellbeing. By cleverly manipulating and massaging the muscles in the stomach, a reflexologist can help to temporarily improve your digestive system. This helps to cleanse your body, and create a more natural flow. By undergoing regular sessions, people suffering from IBS can see massive improvements in the pain they suffer and improvements to their digestive system.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has become a popular alternative therapy for IBS. Research has shown that Acupuncture can provide relief from IBS by:
Regulating the motility of the digestive tract
Increasing parasympathetic tone
Reducing anxiety and depression
Raising the sensory threshold of the gut

If you have any questions or would like some more information about the alternative treatments to help with IBS, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic on 01603 660792 or send us an email at [email protected]