Relief from bloating, leading expert urges women not to suffer in silence.
We all know how painful bloating can be after a meal or before a period, it happens to many of us, so why is it so hard to pinpoint the cause and find a solution?
Twice as many women as men suffer from bowel symptoms, enduring bloating, pain, acid problems and wind. Being taken seriously by medical professionals can be difficult. Irritable Bowel symptoms can flare up before menstruation, and is commonly misdiagnosed as endometriosis, period pain or fibroids. So what is the answer?
Unfortunately there is no absolute cure for these bowel symptoms, but that does not mean you have to endure the alarm that bloating, painful guts and gas can cause.
Leading natural remedy Iberogast has already helped many Australian women, such as Sally Walsh.*
Sally Walsh* from Melbourne suffered for over 10 years with twisting pain in the stomach and bouts of diarrhoea and constipation. To Sally's horror, when fibroids were also discovered, doctors advised a hysterectomy.
"Doctors blamed the pain and symptoms on the fibroids, and wanted to operate," she says. "But I wasn't keen - although I was single, the idea of not being able to have a child really worried me."
Remaining uncomfortable about such a dramatic step, the bowel symptoms became so severe that she only felt well 1 week per month, and was bedridden for sometimes days at a time. Looking for a second opinion Sally visited well known women's health expert, Ruth Trickey, who prescribed a herbal medicine called Iberogast and an increase in dietary fibre.
Happily, today Sally's feeling better than ever. "I accepted too readily that all my problems were related to the fibroids," she says. "Looking back, I wish I'd known about the possibility of it being IBS, because I could have saved myself all that horrible pain."
Iberogast is a 100% herbal remedy that has recently been launched in Australia, it has been used in Europe successfully for over 40 years as a solution for bloating, gas and IBS symptoms. Flordis, a leading natural remedy company in Australia, has launched a program using Iberogast. The 2 month program is only $87.50, and is available through a selected network of natural health practitioners Australia wide.
*Name changed for privacy reasons
Taking IBS seriously
Sally's story highlights one of the most frustrating problems with IBS, the stigma attached to the condition. We are not comfortable talking about our gut health, and until the 1990's the medical profession did not see IBS as an actual medical condition, putting it down to psychosomatic symptoms. This has now changed in Australia with Doctors realising that IBS has definite causes, can be inherited and can be treated successfully. Frighteningly her story also shows how IBS left undiagnosed and untreated the situation can progress and have devastating consequences.
Do I have IBS?
If you have abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation (or both alternating) then you may have IBS. Bloating, wind and other symptoms can also occur. IBS is often associated with stomach symptoms like heartburn, acid reflux, stomach pain (this is often called dyspepsia).
IBS and dyspepsia have similar causes and both are treated successfully with Iberogast.
What causes IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrone?
There are a number of causes of IBS, it can be passed down through families, or you can become more susceptible after an acute infection. Stress can have a major impact on the gut, and symptoms can be triggered by certain foods and drink.
New research on IBS
A leading gut researcher, Professor Gerald Holtmann from the University of Adelaide, is a top international expert in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While based in Germany he found many of his patients were taking the herbal medicine Iberogast. The leading medicine in Germany for relieving gut irritability.
Coming from the mainstream medical community he was asked by the manufacturer to do a clinical trial on the product to examine if and how it worked.
Professor Holtmann agreed to do the trial - not to prove its efficacy but to debunk it. "I thought it was rubbish," he says. But to his surprise, the results were excellent. Iberogast has no known side effects and although it isn't a cure for IBS - there isn't one - it's an important part of the overall strategy to combat uncomfortable and often painful symptoms.
"It is not just a matter of taking Iberogast (20 drops three times a day) but also sufferers need to look at their lifestyle and make some changes to their diet", adds Professor Holtmann.
"If you have these symptoms, don't just suffer in silence", says Professor Holtmann, "there are solutions available!"
What is Iberogast?
Iberogast is a German herbal medicine manufactured by Steigerwald. Special extracts of 9 different herbs are used, and is only available in liquid form.
Iberogast is imported into Australia and marketed by Flordis Natural Medicines, a company dedicated to clinically proven natural medicines. Flordis sells its herbal medicines only to selected practitioners and is $87.70 for a two month program.
What can I do if I think I have IBS?
Do not suffer IBS in silence - you can improve your bowel health and manage painful bowel symptoms. A proper diagnosis from a health care professional is critical, and ongoing support is essential.
For more information please visit Flordis IBS Natural Remedy - Iberogast.