Navigating through IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both.

Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. More-severe symptoms can be treated with medication and counseling.

Managing your diet when you have IBS may take a little extra time but is often worth the effort. Modifying amounts or eliminating certain foods such as dairy, fried foods, indigestible sugars, and beans may help to reduce different symptoms.  For some people, adding spices and herbs. Here are a few herbs that can assist with alleviating your IBS issues.

These herbs are thought to improve overall digestive health. They are indicated for use regardless of IBS sub-type (constipation-predominant, diarrhea-predominant, or alternating-type).

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is the only herbal supplement to get the seal of approval from the American College of Gastroenterology due to its effectiveness in reducing abdominal pain


The active ingredient, gingerol, has antibacterial, antiemetic, and sedative properties that may reduce pain and restore gut function.

Aloe Vera

Often sold as a juice, aloe vera is thought to treat symptoms of diarrhea and constipation. The anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe vera are thought to reduce inflammation in the gut. 


Turmeric root looks a little like ginger, but is bright yellow inside. Highly anti-inflammatory.  It is great for flare-ups, especially with IBS-D. It has been shown to reduce abdominal discomfort and an overall reduction in IBS symptoms. It is best taken with oil.

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