IBS can lead to pain and distention as well as constipation or diarrhoea, or alternations between the two. IBS often develops following gastritis after an overseas holiday. However, for some people it is related to food intolerances, imbalances in gastrointestinal flora (previous gastro-enteritis or travellers diarhoea) or motility problems. So although a diagnosis of IBS may be reassuring for some, it is not a single condition. Rather, the causes of IBS are varied, so the treatment also needs to vary according to the individual.
At Viva Naturopathic Clinic we take a personalized approach to your health. Our focus is treating the underlying cause of your IBS. We take a thorough health history and may also recommend specific testing such as IgG blood tests to identify food intolerances, and stool analysis to determine whether infection or imbalances in intestinal bacteria are involved in your IBS. We are likely to recommend tailored dietary changes, as well as specific supplements for your condition.