Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS Herbal Medicine


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Founded 1908 Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS Herbal Medicine

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints estimated to affect 10-20% of the UK population at any one time.

The main symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhoea and/or constipation; the type of Irritable IBS you have depends on your symptoms, which can be constant or may fluctuate from especially troublesome to periods with no symptoms at all. Although not associated with any physical change or damage to the digestive system, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can have a strong adverse effect on your quality of life leaving you feeling bloated, lethargic, nauseas, afraid to eat, unsure of which, if any, foods to avoid, anxious, with poor skin, lackluster hair and haemorrhoids (piles). Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be associated with stress, diet, food intolerances, and adverse lifestyle arrangements or may be unexplained.

Herbal medicine from Hyde’s will provide a well rounded approach to easing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and helping to make your digestive system more resilient to lifestyle factors and foodstuffs that might currently aggravate your symptoms. Hydes, since 1908 have successfully helped thousands of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) suffers to return to normal, regular bowel movements, with relief from bloating, cramps and nausea. We use herbs to address the likely cause of the problem, reduce stress and anxiety, ease muscle tension and offer dietary and lifestyle advice. We also carry out food intolerance and food allergy testing.


A 39 year old woman came to Hydes suffering from long term constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). She had been taking a laxative tea for 2 years which made her bowels very loose and did not help ease the other symptoms she was suffering from. Fibro gel and such products softened the stool but she was still not able to go to the loo regularly.

The patient was having a bowel movement only every 4 days which consisted of very hard pellets that were difficult to pass. She was left feeling increasingly bloated and always had a heavy feeling and abdominal discomfort after eating even a small amount of food. The patient’s energy levels were low, she was lethargic. Broken sleep and the inability to drop off again once having woken also contributed to her poor energy.

After taking her carefully prescribed medicine from Hydes for 4 weeks and following the dietary and lifestyle advice given the patient was feeling much better.

The constipation had made way for regular daily bowel movements with soft stools that were easy to pass. The heaviness after food and bloating had subsided and her stomach no longer gurgled loudly. The patients sleep was far better, she was not waking until the morning and her energy levels were greatly improved. She described her treatment as a ‘miracle cure’.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is twice as common in women as it is in men and often develops in people who are between 20 and 30 years of age, but it can affect people of any age.

Gastrointestinal diseases have many over lapping symptoms so it is important to discuss your symptoms with a Health care practitioner to ensure that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the correct diagnosis. At Hydes we carry out a full case history, family history and physical examination before prescribing a tailor-made herbal medicine to address your specific type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). We will screen for any red-flag symptoms that suggest that you are suffering from a digestive problem other than Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Common symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS);

  • Abnormal frequency of bowel movements
  • Abnormal form of bowel movements (lumpy/hard or watery/loose)
  • Discomfort on passing a stool
  • Passage of mucus in the bowel movement
  • The feeling of bloating or abdominal distension or cramping.

    Get the best from Herbal treatment

    Whilst over the counter herbal supplements such as senna can be useful, they merely help to overcome constipation for the immediate future, in some people they can irritate the bowel further or after prolonged use, bowels can become reliant on them. Furthermore it is difficult to establish the origin of some of the products, their quality and their identity.

    Herbalists rarely use one herb alone, as clinical experience has shown that combined herbs to address both aspects of the condition and the likely cause of the problem are overall more effective.

    Hydes fully qualified and Registered Medical Herbalist will give you individualised care that is aimed at solving the problem for the longer-term. After a full case history, we will prescribe a liquid medicine to address your own case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Here at Hydes we manufacture the majority of our medicines in house by hand, and the few that we don’t are carefully sourced.

    As necessary we also carry out food intolerance testing against 46 common food allergens using a blood sample to look at your IgG anti-bodies. We also offer allergy testing which looks for the stronger IgE response.

    We always give dietary and lifestyle advice, which may include diet monitoring, and exclusion diets. If appropriate we may also recommend supplements to take alongside your herbal medicine for a rounded, thorough approach. We will then monitor your progress on the medication and where appropriate adjust or reduce the dosages

    Why learn to live with it when there is a safe, effective alternative?

    If you would like to discuss Hydes approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    and the use of Herbal Medicine please call us on 0116 254 3178
    We have clinics in Leicester and Derbyshire.

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