IBS Self Help Group

What are the benefits of joining an IBS self help group? Are IBS home remedies effective, and how can I find out about alternative medicine for IBS? These are some of the many questions foremost in the minds of the millions of people who are diagnosed every year with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Though not fatal, IBS is responsible for about 3 million doctor visits in the United States annually. This gastrointestinal (GI) disease is marked by recurring symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and sometimes heartburn.

The causes of IBS are different for each patient and may include:


Whatever the cause of the symptoms, an IBS self help group can be instrumental in helping IBS patients. Whether the IBS self help group meets locally at a regularly scheduled time, or exists as a virtual, online group, it will provide support and information through sharing and communication. An IBS self help group can provide new ideas, treatment and prevention strategies, and even recipes!


Today, more people are considering and researching IBS home remedies for treatment. Considered an alternative medicine for IBS, many home remedies involve changing the patient's behavior pattern to one that is free of IBS-causing triggers. Some suggested IBS home remedies include the following:

Trying a wide range of prevention tactics helps patients figure out a specialized plan that works for them. Eliminating dietary triggers (such as caffeine, chocolate, milk, and saturated fats), reducing daily stress, exercising, and drinking plenty of water are all viable IBS prevention tactics. Participating in an IBS self help group will also yield many prevention ideas.

Though IBS is a chronic disease with no cure, there exists a wide range of treatment options. In addition to attending an IBS self help group and using IBS home remedies, here are a few more ways to treat IBS:

A doctor is the only person who can officially diagnose IBS. People who suffer from recurring patterns of gastrointestinal distress should consult a doctor or gastroenterologist for a diagnosis and treatment options. Be sure to ask about natural and alternative medicine for IBS.

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