Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatment - The Naturopathic Medicine Approach

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS symptoms in naturopathic medicine are seen as a functional breakdown in your digestive system. As a result, we do a thorough review of your medical history and may recommend specialized lab testing aimed at assessing and fixing the root cause of your gut dysfunction. Functional breakdowns in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) include the following:

  • IgG antibody reactions to certain foods that then irritate the digestive tract
  • Bacterial overgrowths in the small intestine causing hydrogen, methane or hydrogen sulphide gas production and affecting motility (SIBO)
  • Bacterial or yeast overgrowths in the large intestine
  • Insufficient beneficial bacteria in the small intestine
  • Insufficient enzyme secretion from the pancreas to breakdown food in the small intestine
  • Insufficient stomach acid secretion in the stomach, impairing food breakdown

Some of the specialized lab tests we commonly run in the assessment and treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may include the following:

  • Lactulose breath test panels to identify bacterial overgrowths in the small intestine (SIBO Test)
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis panels to identify bacteria & yeast overgrowths, assess beneficial bacteria levels, enzyme secretion and macronutrient malabsorption issues.
  • IgG Food Sensitivity blood test panels to identify antibody reactions to different foods

Following a comprehensive assessment, Naturopathic treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) includes a mix of dietary changes, nutritional medicine and herbal medicine therapies designed to correct the dysfunction and get your gut working better.

Gut Repair is What We do.

Book your appointment with Dr. Andresen at one of her Toronto clinics and discover how naturopathic medicine can provide effective treatment for your digestive concerns like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Treatment provided by Naturopathic Doctors is often covered by extended healthcare plans making IBS treatment in Toronto more accessible.