Some natural remedies can help you ease the pain, gas, bloating, stress -- and yes, diarrhea -- from irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D). They might also make your bowel movements more regular.
They shouldn’t take the place of your regular treatment, but they can work with it. Some are things you can do on your own at home. Others you can do with the help of your doctor or therapist.
Talk to your doctor before trying any of the options below. Make sure you let him know if you're taking...
People with alternating IBS symptoms should not try to treat themselves, says J. Patrick Waring, MD, a gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Care of Georgia.
"They should not take something for their constipation on their own, and then when they get diarrhea, take something for their diarrhea, and go back and forth," he says. "That can actually exacerbate the problem."
SOURCES: J. Patrick Waring, MD, gastroenterologist, Digestive Health Care of Georgia. Medscape.com: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome," and "Consensus Report: Clinical Trial Guidelines for Pharmacological Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." American College of Gastroenterology.