Cause of IBS

The short answer as to what causes IBS is that we do not really know.

It is a functional disorder affecting muscle movement of the large intestine (colon). It is the muscle movement of our gut that moves our food and waste products along, and eventually out, of our body. Because IBS affects this muscle movement (moves things along either too fast = diarrhea or too slow = constipation) IBS can also be described as a gut motility disorder.

Theories exist as to possible IBS causes or triggers, or for factors that might make symptoms worse. These include:
  • Dietary issues such as food allergies and the amount of fibre consumed,
  • Neurological hyper-sensitivity,
  • Stress,
  • Antibiotic use,
  • Gastrointestinal infection,
  • Bile acid malabsorption,
  • The amount of physical exercise,
  • Chronic alcohol abuse, and
  • Abnormalities in gastrointestinal secretions and/or peristalsis (the process of movement along the digestive tract).
It is important to note that as there is no definitive proof as to the source of IBS, many of these potential 'causes' are simply scientific speculation.

However, despite not knowing the cause of IBS clinical research on the use of Hypnotherapy to control its symptoms has shown it to be an effective and long lasting therapy.

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