Irritable bowel syndrome, a disorder that is characterized by altered diarrhea or constipation and abdominal pain, affects about one in 10 people worldwide according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

While the exact cause of this malady is unknown, what is starting to become clear is that homeopathic treatment shows significant promise in combatting IBS. According to a study published in June in the Homeopathy Journal online, a three-pronged trial conducted at the University of York, UK over 26 weeks using ANCOVA lessened the severity of symptoms in 62.5 percent of sufferers, compared to 25 percent helped by conventional methods.

This indicates a promising effect for homeopathic, natural treatment of IBS, over conventional treatment has more promising results; although the study cautions interpretation of its findings based upon a low number of participants in the study.

Dr. Thomas Kruzel, clinician at the Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic in Scottsdale, Az. Said his patient success rate exceeds the 62 percentile quoted in the above study. He adds how IBS is treated depends on the intensity of the flare up, but that for severe flares he typically begins treatment with aloe or with podophyllum – or May apple. He then follows with other homeopathic treatments based upon a patient’s blood type and inflammation level.

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