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Can alternative treatments help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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The evidence isn’t clear if alternatives to conventional treatments can help IBS. But some people with IBS find relief from alternative therapies, including:

Work with licensed experts. And tell your doctors about any alternative treatments you use.

  • Acupuncturist, who may help with problems related to IBS, such as anxiety or sleeplessness
  • Herbalist, who may give you herbs that might relieve your symptoms
  • Massage therapist, who can ease stress and anxiety

From: Meet Your IBS Medical Team WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)," "6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices."

Cleveland Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

About IBS: "Treatment."

Piedmont Healthcare: "The difference between family medicine and internal medicine."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Bowel Disorders."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment."

University of North Carolina, Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders: "Ask the Expert: Why see a psychologist when the diagnosis is IBS?"

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Stress Reduction for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults."

NHS: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

IBSClinic.org.au: "Physiotherapy and IBS."

PubMed: "Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)," "6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices."

Cleveland Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

About IBS: "Treatment."

Piedmont Healthcare: "The difference between family medicine and internal medicine."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Bowel Disorders."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment."

University of North Carolina, Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders: "Ask the Expert: Why see a psychologist when the diagnosis is IBS?"

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Stress Reduction for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults."

NHS: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

IBSClinic.org.au: "Physiotherapy and IBS."

PubMed: "Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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