A Functional Medicine
Approach to IBS Treatment

Functional medicine has proven to be an effective approach for addressing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a prevalent condition characterized by symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and abdominal cramping.

While the causes of IBS can be multifaceted, it is believed that imbalances in the nervous or hormonal systems can lead to abnormal contractions within the digestive tract muscles, resulting in either diarrhea or constipation.

If left unaddressed, IBS can potentially lead to malnourishment, nutrient deficiencies, exacerbation of hemorrhoids, and a significant reduction in overall quality of life.


IBS Causes

At our center, our functional medicine practitioner adopts a comprehensive approach to unraveling the root causes and triggers of your digestive issues. Our objective is to provide long-term, sustainable IBS treatment solutions that go beyond the standard tests and generic treatments typically offered by general practitioners.

With access to the world’s leading laboratories, our practitioner conducts an in-depth investigation into various aspects of your digestive health, including the state of your microbiome, digestive function and nutrient absorption, inflammation levels, Candida overgrowth, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), food intolerances, leaky gut, and the presence of pathogenic parasites. By combining the latest research findings with your unique health insights, we tailor a personalized healthcare plan that empowers our patients to consistently achieve their desired health goals.

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Common Symptoms.

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:

  1. Identifying specific treatment goals that are bespoke to you.
  2. Your functional medicine practitioner gaining a thorough understanding of all factors affecting your health, including nutrition, physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors
  3. Developing a comprehensive treatment plan for IBS
  4. Implementing and maintaining that plan through periodic monitoring and adjustment over a period of time.

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Why Choose the Edinburgh Centre for Functional Medicine?


Each individual is distinct and has a unique set of circumstances. Your symptoms, lifestyle, diet, genetics, and ability to heal are all different and therefore require a personalised approach that is tailored specifically to you


Once you begin the process with us, our collaborative approach with a practitioner will guide you through every step. We will collect the necessary information through detailed intake forms and tailor our support to motivate and assist you throughout the process.


Our functional medicine practitioners have years of experience focusing on the route cause of disease that address any imbalances, rather than just treating IBS symptoms.