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2. Natural Supplements and Herbs
A variety of supplements are widely used by IBS sufferers. Among all of them, the following have shown efficacy in scientific studies:
- Probiotics have been found to improve symptoms of IBS (i.e. abdominal pain, gas and constipation) by helping the digestive tract to work better.
- Flaxseeds help relieve constipation, bloating and gas associated with IBS, and according to one study works better than the commonly prescribed drug psyllium.
- Melatonin had also shown potential benefits to manage IBS symptoms.
Among herbs, peppermint oil (enteric coated formula) can help improve gas and abdominal cramps. A combination of Chinese herbs that included ginger and wormwood was also found beneficial for IBS in research studies.
See a healthcare professional specialized in alternative medicine to learn more about herbs, including the proper doses and possible interactions with other herbs or drugs. It is also important to choose a high quality brand, because supplements are not evaluated by the FDA for safety and efficiency.