Colonic Irrigation & Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder among many people. It occurs when the bowel isn’t able to work properly. It is so common that 10-20% of people in England are estimated to suffer from IBS and women are twice as likely to be a sufferer than men.

IBS is not known to cause any serious health problems but it can be an inconvenience and majorly disrupt the sufferer’s life.

Symptoms of IBS

People tend to show symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome aged 20-30 years olds. The symptoms can vary greatly in severity and they include:

  • Abdominal discomfort and/or pain – Normally, this symptom can simply be resolved by having a bowel movement.
  • Bowel behaviour changes – For some people, these changes are the onset of diarrhoea or constipation.
  • Bloating

Colonic irrigation and IBS

Many people seek treatment by colonic irrigation to soothe the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It is reportedly rather effective in relieving constipation, diarrhoea and bloating symptoms although there is debate as to how effective colonic irrigation is alone in treating IBS.

Some IBS symptoms are caused by the toxin and waste accumulation in the bowel, therefore it is expected that as colonic irrigation works by removing this substance build-up, it will allow the digestive system to function more normally. The results of colonic irrigation in terms of IBS symptom relief can be significantly improved if you undertake a lifestyle change after treatment. The IBS symptoms should be more at bay in the long-term if you change your diet and various other habits to the recommendation of a professional therapist, nutritionist and/or health care profession (such as you GP).

Success of IBS symptom relief after colonic irrigation

After undergoing treatment with colonic irrigation, many people feel that their symptoms have noticeably eased off and everyday quality of life is improved (if the colonic is aided with some lifestyle changes).

If you are a sufferer of IBS and have had colonic irrigation to relieve the symptoms but it has not done so, you may wish to visit your GP to question whether your “IBS” may actually be something else. The GP can then advise you on how to proceed in relieving symptoms effectively and may be able to prescribe medication to aid in doing so.


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