The Natural Approach

Our motto is always ‘if it works, do it’.  Most of those who successfully manage IBS do so with a combination of techniques.  The one foundation that never alters is a good diet and exercise, that is a non negotiable factor. Thereafter it is what works for you. On this page we have an introduction,  please click the links for further details.

Peppermint Oil

This is a very popular remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. It works by reducing the abdominal pain and bloating of irritable bowel syndrome.  It is also thought to block the movement of calcium into muscle cells in the intestines and reduce frequent muscle contraction. Peppermint is thought of as a carminative herb,  by which means that it is used to eliminate excess gas in the intestines.  Click here for more..


Often referred to as "friendly" bacteria or acidophillus, probiotics are thought to assist health. They are linked to suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function, enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract, and helping to produce vitamin K. Click here for more..

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Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum

PHGG is a water soluble, non-gelling fiber that may help to reduce constipation and to a lesser degree diarrhea and abdominal pain in people with irritable bowel syndrome.  PHGG also appears to assist the amount of beneficial bacteria, lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the intestines. Click here for more..

Food Intolerances/FODMAP

Food intolerances have been shown to play a role in in irritable bowel syndrome.  Thought to be by triggering immune responses in the gut, leading to low-grade inflammation and an imbalance of intestinal bacteria. This theory has been further studied and to a degree replaced by FODMAP work.  FODMAP suggests that many carbohydrates are poorly absorbed by the system and end up fermenting.  The net result is often the gas and bloating so familiar to IBS sufferers.  . Click here for more..

Other Remedies

Pancreatic enzymes have been suggested for irritable bowel syndrome symptoms that are aggravated after a fatty meal. Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, has also been used for irritable bowel syndrome.

Barely started

We have kept this list purposely short at this point for the following reasons.  There are literally thousand so of products out there to try.  The very best site we know of for rating the vast array of natural medicines is IBS Tales, we have included a link at the bottom of the page as this site goes through most of the therapies out there and to that extent is very useful when weighing up you decision.

With that said do be cautious of reviews with regard to natural therapies.  While they may be true, we return to our theory regarding common sense.  We believe that you should give everything a go to find the answer for your, but do remember that your IBS is specific to you, you will have unique symptoms and triggers.

This is in fact where natural remedies have a slight upper hand over medicine.  There may not always be a specific reason why, but some supplements just may work for you.  When dealing with an area, which science by its own admissions does not have complete control over there is always an outside chance that you will stumble across something which works for you.  That has got to be worth keeping an open mind for.


The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

Carl Jung

The Natural Approach to IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome