January 11th, 2010
How Do You Spell Relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
I admit it. I’m frustrated. I do not know how to manage a substantial portion of my IBS patients because so few of them get relief from traditional therapies (bulking agents, antidiarrheals, tricyclic antidepressants, etc.).
Recently, I noticed that many of my colleagues are using Align probiotics, Iberogast herbal supplements, and other alternative/complementary therapies for their IBS patients. So, I diligently re-reviewed the literature on these treatments but came away more confused than ever; the studies are varied and usually small, the endpoints are unclear, and the follow-ups are short. Yet, my colleagues and their patients seem a whole lot more satisfied with the outcomes than I am.
Do you use alternative treatments for IBS? If so, what do you use, and what responses are you seeing?