IBS is a common digestive disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is often considered an embarrassing problem because of the symptoms. There is no known cause or cure for IBS, although symptoms can usually be eased.
As a medical herbalist Patrick Murphy identifies the symptoms and understand the possible underlying causes of IBS. He says there are a number of reasons why people might suffer IBS symptoms.
"An in depth discussion with the person should allow you to understand what underlying causes may be responsible for their IBS symptoms," he said. "There are a number of different symptoms when it comes to IBS, however the most common symptoms you are likely to see are abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation, bloating and swelling of the abdomen, excessive and blocked wind, passing mucus, etc.
"IBS is caused when there are abnormal contractions in the bowel. Remember the bowel normally contracts a number of times a day but in people with IBS these contractions are a lot more frequent. The causes of IBS can include food sensitivities, stress, diet, bacterial or viral infection. As you may know there is no scientific cause associated with IBS and therefore it's important to ensure that you are eating the correct nutrients so that a person's intestinal tract functions properly. The two main nutrients you require are L-glutiamine and N-acetyl glucosamine.
"These are amino acids that the body can create itself, but they become depleted during times of stress. These can be supported if the client's symptoms are triggered by stress related incidences. There is an excellent herbal complex called Regalen which will help you with your bloating and IBS symptoms.
"This herbal complex has helped many clients in my clinic who are suffering from IBS."
Patrick Murphy is a herbalist based in Tuam, Co Galway. If you would like to contact him about any common aliments you may have phone 093 27033.