A Functional Medicine
Approach to IBS Treatment
Functional medicine has been found to be an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a common condition that can cause constipation, diarrhoea, gas and bloating, and abdominal cramping.
Although there can be a myriad of causes, it is believed that nervous or hormonal dysfunction can lead to alterations in digestive tract muscle contractions, resulting in diarrhoea or constipation.
If left untreated, IBS can lead to malnourishment and nutrient deficiency, exacerbate haemorrhoids, and negatively impact your quality of life.
At our centre, our functional medicine practitioner takes a comprehensive approach to understanding the root causes and triggers of your digestive issues. Our goal is to provide long-term IBS treatment solutions beyond the standard tests and generic treatments that you get from your GP.
With access to the best laboratories in the world, our practitioner investigates several aspects of your digestive health, including the health of your microbiome, digestive function and nutrient absorption, inflammation, Candida, SIBO, food intolerances. leaky gut, and pathogenic parasites. By combining the latest research with your unique health insights, we tailor a personalised healthcare plan that enables our patients to consistently achieve their health goals.
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Our objective is to aid you in achieving optimal health and wellbeing.
The Edinburgh Centre for Functional Medicine is dedicated to identifying the root cause of abnormal immune responses in the body. To achieve this, we collaborate closely with our patients and conduct a comprehensive evaluation of their health history. This thorough investigation often uncovers valuable insights into the underlying imbalance, dysfunction, or trigger that led to the development of the disease.
Unlike conventional medicine, we do not have a one-size-fits-all approach to IBS treatment. Instead, we develop individualised treatment protocols that address the specific needs of each patient through recognition of a multi-step process involving:
- Identifying specific treatment goals that are bespoke to you.
- Your functional medicine practitioner gaining a thorough understanding of all factors affecting your health, including nutrition, physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors
- Developing a comprehensive treatment plan for IBS
- Implementing and maintaining that plan through periodic monitoring and adjustment over a period of time.