Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic gastrointestinal condition characterised by a range of abdominal symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, cramps and discomfort, constipation, diarrhea, gas and mucus in the stool. People experience IBS in different ways and may have different triggers and symptoms.There are three different types of IBS, characterized by the change of bowel habit leading to either IBS with constipation (IBS-C), IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D) and IBS-M where both diarrhea and constipation alternate.
In short, there is no one test that can show for sure that you have IBS. The diagnosis is based on comprehensive health assessments which include a review of your life style and diet, a rectal examination (colonoscopy) may be considered as well as taking family history into account. Further medical tests to identify accompanying conditions or rule out other conditions, such as colorectal cancer, celiac disease or lactose intolerance, may be carried out.
As IBS is chronic, there is no cure for the condition. There are however several ways to ease the symptoms.
A very useful aspect is the identification of the trigger. As IBS is experienced differently by different people, the cause (trigger) for periods of exaberated experience of symptoms is individual. By keeping a food diary you may be able to determine a causal connection between the food you eat and your symptoms. Consequently, by avoiding the food leading to symptoms, overall wellbeing can be improved.
Further, a holistic and balanced approch comprising life style and diet can be helpful. Depending on the prevailing type of IBS, regulation of the fibre content of your diet can help. For people with IBS-C where constipation is prevalent, a fibre rich diet can help while for IBS-D, where diarrhea is prevalent, a diet low in fibre can be beneficial.
Many people find that physical exercise helps to relieve IBS symptoms. Exercise can also reduce the stress in your life, which may reduce frequency and severity of the symptoms. Additional relaxation techniques can reduce stress even further.
Probiotics are dietary supplements that help to gain and maintain a healthy gut flora. Some people suffering from IBS found that taking probiotics helps with their symptoms.
Many people report an improvement of IBS symptoms and chose to have regular colonic irrigation treatments.
Colon hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation can help people suffering from IBS in several ways. For periods of constipation a colonic irrigation treatment may provide immediate symptomatic relief with the removal of impacted fecal matter from the colon. It is a completely natural treatment without any additives and chemicals, as compared to other methods such as laxatives which can irritate the bowel by introducing substances to the system. As the treatment also helps to kick start the detox process in the body, the stress and burden on the whole body in form of accumulated chemicals can be reduced. Less toxins and stress for the gut can result in less pronounced symptoms.
Regular colonic irrigation treatments can help to tone the colon as the treatment uses and stimulates the body's natural nerve and muscular activity. This helps to evacuate the bowel during as well as after the treatment.