Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
This is a fairly common condition that affects both men and women and usually starts in your 20s or 30s.
The symptoms of IBS are usually worse after eating and tend to come and go in bouts. Most people have a flare-up of symptoms that lasts two to four days. After this time, the symptoms usually improve but do not disappear completely.
The most common symptoms of IBS are:
• abdominal pain and cramping – often relieved by emptying your bowels
• a change in your bowel habits – such as diarrhoea, constipation, or sometimes both
• bloating and swelling of your abdomen
• excessive wind (flatulence)
• an urgent need to go to the toilet
• a feeling that you need to open your bowels even if you have just been to the toilet
• a feeling you have not fully emptied your bowels
• passing mucus from your bottom
The main causes are reactions to certain foods (intolerances) or emotional stress. We can help to identify the underlying cause of your IBS and help to control the symptoms using tinctures or teas in herbal medicine, or via acupuncture.