We have a wealth of knowledge regarding the management of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and our IBS Clinic comprises of Naturopaths, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists, Homeopaths, Colonic Hydrotherapists and Holistic Practitioners – all of whom are dedicated to help our clients live a more comfortable life. With our guidance, you have the freedom to choose the treatment that will be most beneficial to you.
As you will probably be painfully aware, IBS is a disorder characterised most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea. As many as 1 in 5 people in the UK population have symptoms of IBS.
IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines or lead to a serious disease such as cancer. For some unfortunate people, the symptoms of IBS can be disabling, causing significant impact on personal and professional life.
It is a relatively poorly understood condition, although there is growing scientific evidence of alterations in gut bacterial flora, nerve damage and sensitisation of the gut.
Many people are reluctant to discuss bowel problems, preferring to suffer in silence rather than be embarrassed. At Natural Practices, our dedicated team of experienced Practitioners have had much success in virtually eliminating the symptoms of this debilitating condition by using a combination of approaches.
Using the revolutionary Health Detective Screening System, an IBS Screening involves testing for food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, parasites and fungal overgrowth. A probe is pressed against the skin and a frequency passed through to brass in the opposite hand. The client does not feel any discomfort
NB: Food Allergies: An ALLERGIC reaction is immediate and occurs very soon after eating allergenic foods. With a true allergy the immune system mistakes a food for an invader and goes into overdrive to repel it (the only reliable test for Allergic reactions is a blood test).
The Health Detective Screening system is not a medical diagnostic tool, we simply identify what may be aggravating the gut. Only your GP can diagnose IBS.
Food Intolerances are checked to identify possible offending foods. If a food is eaten daily to which a person is intolerant, it will cause bloating, wind and erratic bowel habits. The IBS Screening is very effective at establishing which food frequencies the skin resists. The main foods tend to be spices, sugar, dairy, wheat, yeast or gluten (barley, rye, oats and wheat). It is advisable to remove the offending foods from the diet for 6 weeks to allow the digestive system to heal.
Other causes may be a lack of essentials to initially digest the food, enzymes, B vitamins, vitamin K, hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes and even good bacteria in the small intestine.
Endocrine imbalances are checked as stress is a known factor in IBS. The hormone frequencies are checked to see how the body responds including with ACTH, cortisol, epinephrine, corticosterone, glucagon, insulin, T3, T4, TSH, Thyrotropin, other hormones and endocrine glands. These tests are very effective as there are often hormonal imbalances present that are not severe enough to be picked up by blood and saliva tests. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can be recommended to help balance the endocrine system.
If there is known ulceration or severe inflammation of the intestines, the presence of parasites will be explored. By testing for frequencies, hundreds of parasites can be checked as each will emit its own resonance. The standard NHS stool test can only test for a small percentage of parasites.
There is considerable evidence that IBS can be due to stressful events or can be a combination of factors from childhood. It is advisable to seek treatment for children with gut imbalances to help prevent IBS and other bowel disorders occurring later in life.
During the Consultation, a diagnostic technique called Iridology is employed to look at the integrity of the central nervous system and to determine if hypo or hyper constipation is the issue.
Herbs are used to soothe the digestive tract or stimulate digestion and nutritional supplements to bring the body back to ‘balance’ quickly.
Colonic Hydrotherapy can help people with IBS as it cleanses the bowel of waste material which can be aggravating the colon. The water helps to soften the waste that may be trapped and irritating the colon. It also helps re-shape it where there may be an area in spasm.
Alternating between warm and cool water and the use of herbs can help to alleviate gas and pressures inside the colon. The Association of Colonic Hydrotherapists (ARCH) are working with the IBS Network to facilitate awareness and self management of IBS
Abdominal Massage is a good alternative to Colonic Hydrotherapy for people who feel that nothing could possibly induce them to have Colonic treatment. It is a popular, inexpensive and effective treatment, especially benefiting those suffering from digestive disorders, sluggish bowels and IBS. Using small circular and lymphatic draining techniques, it ultimately encourages the elimination of unwanted toxins and improves bowel function.
Another treatment to consider is Acupuncture which not only helps the pain associated with the condition but also releases tension in the abdomen and bowel directly helping to normalise function, leading to a reduction of symptoms. We treat using Japanese Abdominal Acupuncture which is particularly suited to treating IBS as through palpation of the abdomen, areas of congestion or pain are found and targeted directly.
We have achieved excellent results for our clients by a combination of IBS Screening together with Colonic Hydrotherapy/ Abdominal Masssage/ Acupuncture. Anti-spasmodic medications do not address the root cause, they only mask the symptoms. If we address all aspects of the digestive tract and improve its efficacy, the symptoms can only improve.
Reflexology is an excellent treatment to help rebalance the body as imbalances in the digestive system have an impact on other organs.
CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL PROCEDURES
We work with a Consultant Gastroenterologist in his private practice in Cheshire, who states that in his practice, 10% or more of patients with an initial diagnosis of IBS can have a more serious underlying bowel disorder (needing conventional medical therapy). He investigates bowel disorders to exclude more serious conditions such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and Coeliac disease as well as helping his patients to manage these conditions.
Tests available after referral from your GP or recommended by Natural Practices are:
Gastroscopy – examination of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, duodenum (small intestine) using a long thin mini video camera.
PillCam Capsule Endoscopy – Investigation of the three portions of the small intestine- the duodenum, jejunum and ileum, using a pill-sized video camera.
Colonoscopy – Investigation of the large intestine Large bowel) using a thin, flexible telescope.
THE GUT BRAIN CONNECTION
95% of the body’s serotonin is found in the bowels. Any dysfunction within the bowel or in the connection between the brain and the gut can have a serious effect on the bodies’ ability to maintain homeostasis, which can affect our mental well-being, behaviour and sleep. As previously mentioned, food intolerances, poor diet, stress, anti-biotics and environmental toxins can all cause severe gut disruption and inflammation. This then produces symptoms of IBS such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, gas and bloating. Some 100 million neurons embedded along the wall of the gut allow us to control digestion and also send messages from the gut to the brain and not just the other way round. This influences our state of mind. Scientists are also discovering that the gut uses over 30 neurotransmitters to communicate – just like the brain.
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The information provided here is not as a substitute for professional medical advice and any health concerns should be investigated by your Doctor. Before embarking on any change of diet or supplementation programme, professional medical advice should be sought.
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