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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a complex gut disorder that includes bothersome bowel symptoms (constipation, diarrhoea, pain, bloating). IBS often involves disturbances in the function of the hormonal, neural and immune systems as well as the digestive system. While IBS is not a psychological problem, stress exacerbates the condition, so stress coping techniques are very important. Many women with IBS have food intolerances that an experienced health professional can help identify. It is important to have blood tests to rule out coeliac disease before being given the diagnosis of IBS. Healing the gut and optimising immune function using nutrition medicine, as well as using techniques to improve stress management, are important to regain bowel health in IBS. Sometimes, pelvic floor physiotherapy is also needed, to help the bowels learn to empty correctly.

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