IBS and a Combined Approach to Treatment

by Rachael Forrest

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is characterized by pain with diarrhoea and/or constipation and chronic episodes of abdominal cramping.  What triggers the symptoms remains unknown but there are plenty of alternative treatments that can alleviate the pain and allow people suffering from this condition to lead a normal life.  Because we work as a team at the Albany Street Clinic, you can benefit from a combined approach to get the best results.


IBS sufferers can choose from a wide range of gut-friendly treatments, starting with acupuncture. A research published in World Journal of Gastroenterology investigated all types of this condition – namely constipation predominant, diarrhoea predominant and alternating – and found out that acupuncture helps all symptoms, like sensation of incomplete defecation, abdominal pain, times of defecation on a daily basis and state of stool.
The analysis concluded that acupuncture keeps IBS symptoms under control, but Jeanine Blackman, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine believes that it should be used with other treatments, because the success of this therapy is given by the combination of treatments.  

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Herbal Medicine

One of the gut-friendly treatments for IBS sufferers is  herbal medicine.  Our Chinese Herbalist, Fiona, works very carefully with specific plant-based medicinal herbs to ease digestive pain, diarrhoea and constipation. This works very well in conjunction with acupuncture and nutritonal changes.

Nutritional Therapy

IBS is a condition which affects a lot of people worldwide and sufferers fear that some treatments will have an adverse effect and trigger the symptoms, which is why probiotics represent one of the gut-friendly prescriptions.

Since probiotics stand for bacteria that live in the gut, Stephen M. Faber, M.D., from Albemarle Gastroenterology Associates in Elizabeth City, believes that this treatment improves not only IBS symptoms, but also the quality of life, since “the body knows how to control them.”  Our nutritionist, Dr Jane Jamieson, can work out the best prescription to help relieve syptoms and give you back quality of life.