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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Clinical Picture

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the motility of the muscular layer of the intestine manifesting as cramping abdominal pain with other variable symptoms, commonly diarrhea or constipation, bloating, flatulence, headache, and anxiety. Spastic colon is a condition often seen in IBS and is marked by an alternation between constipation and diarrhea often triggered by eating. The other extreme is a painless but sudden diarrhea. Mucous colitis is a functional disturbance in which the colon secretes abnormally large amounts of mucus which appear in the stools.

Because traditional medicine has little success with pharmaceutical treatment of this disorder, it has tended to attribute it to psychological causes (a common maneuver of doctors who do not know what to do). However, this has been of little use in helping patients. Real benefit has been derived, on the other hand, through nutritional approaches. Food intolerances to wheat, corn, dairy, coffee, tea, citrus, lactose, or some combination of these foods has often been observed in the form of improvement when these items are avoided. Even excessive fiber consumption, especially of bran, has been observed in a causative role.


Discovery of food intolerance and avoidance of those foods is essential in most cases. Herbal treatment is often useful and superior to pharmacological agents in treatment and control of symptoms. Effective digestion can be aided with digestive enzymes. Also, infectious components have been observed such as Candida and/or parasites of various kinds. Drugs, especially antibiotics often play a role. Consultation with a doctor who practices herbal medicine and/or nutritional medicine can be very helpful.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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