IBS is defined by a cluster of non-specific symptoms and the diagnosis of IBS is arrived at only after a process of elimination. Is IBS really a single condition? Or does each person with a diagnosis of IBS have vastly different underlying aetiologies?
The discomfort the patient experiences is very real, and as naturopaths we set aside the diagnostic label of IBS, and instead look at each patient’s presentation holistically.
Understand the underlying drivers
It’s important for us to understand the lifestyle issues, nutritional factors, functional imbalances, and family history that can contribute to the patterns of digestive symptomology known as “IBS”.
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
- Insomnia and circadian disruption
- Physical inactivity
- Bile acid insufficiency
- Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency
- Microbial imbalances
- Food intolerances and hypersensitivities
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Toxic metals
The label of IBS can be disempowering for patients as they are often told by conventional medicine that there is no effective treatment for this syndrome. When you come and see us for IBS treatment, we determine the underlying drivers (which may include some functional testing), and then create a personalised treatment plan incorporating lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as herbal medicine prescription.
Yvette is a qualified Melbourne-based Naturopath and Nutritionist, MINDD Practitioner, member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and Complementary Medicine Association. Yvette specialises in the treatment of digestive complaints, skin issues, mood disorders, hormonal concerns, fatigue, and also has a key interest in children’s digestive and neurological conditions. Yvette consults in South Yarra, Camberwell, and Australia-wide via Zoom. Book HERE