Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder of the digestive tract that can cause a variety of symptoms and significantly affect the quality of life of those affected. Although the exact cause of IBS is not yet fully understood, several factors play a role – including impaired gut motility, increased gut sensitivity, inflammation and the complex interaction between the gut and the brain, known as the gut-brain axis. Women are approximately twice as likely to be affected by irritable bowel syndrome as men.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can manifest themselves in many different ways and vary from person to person. These symptoms can occur episodically or persist over longer periods of time. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Bloating and gas formation
  • Diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both (alternating bowel movements)
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation

Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The causes of irritable bowel syndrome are not fully understood, although there are many studies and experiences.

A major cause of IBS appears to be the long-term consumption of industrially produced foods, which can lead to a variety of intestinal problems – including a disturbance of the balance of intestinal flora (dysbiosis), as well as increased intestinal permeability, known as leaky gut syndrome, and inflammation in the intestinal mucosa. In addition, various environmental factors such as pesticides, herbicides (e.g. glyphosate), plastic nanoparticles and heavy metals are also of great importance.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is usually diagnosed by ruling out other possible causes of the symptoms. Although there are no specific diagnostic tests that can detect irritable bowel syndrome, various examinations can be carried out to rule out other conditions. In addition, complementary medicine offers various stool tests for intestinal flora diagnostics to identify disorders in the intestinal flora.

Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome aims to alleviate symptoms, improve quality of life and address the underlying causes. This requires a holistic approach that combines various treatment methods. These include:

  • Dietary changes
  • Intestinal rehabilitation
  • Complementary therapies such as sanum therapy, acupuncture, ozone therapy, hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques.
  • Medication for symptom control if necessary

The treatment of irritable bowel syndrome often requires patience and regular, individual adjustment of the measures.

Med. pract. Dana Hreus M.A.

In order to permanently cure irritable bowel syndrome, it is important that the causal factors are identified and treated. The focus is on strengthening the body.

Med. pract. Dana Hreus M.A.

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