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Conventional Treatment of
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
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Conventional treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Since the cause of IBS is not known, conventional treatment is difficult and instead just focuses on alleviating symptoms, which is tailored for each patient's particular symptoms. There is a slight focus on natural or complementary treatment even by conventional doctors because current drug treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are of limited value to the patient.

Dietary modifications

Conventional medicine recommends that certain additions and limitations to the diet seem to improve symptoms in some people:

Lifestyle modifications

Conventional medicine recommends that certain lifestyle modifications are used to help reduce severity and duration of symptoms and improve the well being overall:


Peppermint oil

Conventional gastroenterologists and general practitioners are are recommending peppermint oil to help alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)), as it helps to reduce spasms in the bowel by relaxing it and assisting it in normal contractions.

The peppermint oil capsules made for IBS are coated with an enteric (protective) coating, which only dissolves and releases the peppermint oil once it enters the bowel.

Peppermint oil generally has no side effects for most people, although it can cause indigestion or allergic reactions (but these are not common side effects).


Most medications recommended for irritable bowel syndrome will only just treat the symptoms of this condition and not the cause (which is not yet known). In addition, some medications are not legal in Australia as they have too many side effects, so caution is advised:


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  Last reviewed: 28 September 2008 || Last updated: 2 February 2009


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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