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Digestive Disorders

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most common forms of digestive disorders. It is an irritation of the bowel with the normally rhythmic muscular contractions becoming irregular and uncoordinated. It can present as either chronic constipation, diarrhoea or the alternating of both conditions. The irregular motion of the bowels will create a build-up of toxins and mucous in the bowel causing bloating, distension and flatulence.

It is a condition easily and successfully treated naturopathically using herbs, nutritional choices and/or homeopathics.

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis are inflammatory conditions of the mucous membrane lining of the bowel. Both can present with symptoms of bloody diarrhoea, pain, gas, bloating and weight loss. These two conditions are able to be managed holistically often without the use of harsh medications. Part of the approach to both of these would be:

  • Nutritional choices
  • Minerals
  • Homotoxicology
  • Essential oils
  • Pre and probiotics
  • Herbal medicines

Flatulence, bloating, nausea, heartburn

Flatulence, bloating, nausea, heartburn - these are all symptoms of a wider picture and must be treated on a case to case basis.

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are conditions which need a multi-faceted approach, often incorporating both medical and alternative intervention. I have successfully helped a number of people with these conditions, but each case is treated on an individual basis. Research has shown that the cause of anorexia can be undetected digestive disorders which may start with a loss of appetite or with discomfort on eating, and move from there.

Treatment can often involve:

  • Herbs
  • Vitamin Mineral Therapy
  • Thought Field Therapy - working on particular stresses

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is a syndrome whereby the lining of the intestinal wall becomes too permeable thus allowing undigested or partially digested food particles to be excreted into the body system. The body then sends signals causing the body to attack these 'foreign' particles which then leads to an inflammatory attack. The liver must also work hard to detoxify these new toxic elements in the body.

Leaky gut syndrome can present many symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, mood swings, uncharacteristic lack of motivation, poor concentration and memory and food chemical hypersensitivities, amongst other things. Digestive symptoms may include bloating, flatulence and abdominal discomfort.

A naturopathic treatment will include:

  • Dietary exclusions
  • Pre probiotics
  • A regime of intestinal regeneration
  • Liver support


Haemorrhoids are a common affliction which can be internal or external, bleeding or not. The remedy for this will most likely be just the topical use of particular essential oils but will incorporate a dietary regime to prevent any future recurrences.

Gastro-oesophageal Reflux or Heartburn

Gastro-oesophageal Reflux or Heartburn is another common complaint and can often be a complaint of pregnancy. There are different reasons for it including poor gastric digestion, bacterial overgrowth or an imbalance in digestive acids, to name a few. Certain foods and medical prescriptions can initiate heartburn symptoms.

Naturopathic advice will include:

  • Dietary recommendations
  • Nutritional support to reduce effects of inflammation pain
  • Possible inclusion of sphincter exercises to improve the tone of a flaccid muscle

Peptic Ulcers - duodenal and gastric

Peptic Ulcers - duodenal and gastric - can affect the mucosa of any part of the intestinal tract but particularly the stomach or duodenum. The protective lining of the stomach is weakened and exposes it to acid and pepsin irritation. Ulcers have been associated with bacterial infections, such as helicobacter pylori, smoking, analgesics, stress etc but generally the cause is unknown.

Ulcers can be treated with:

  • Herbal medicine
  • Nutritional inclusions
  • Dietary recommendations for mucous membrane lining repair and for the reduction of aggravating factors

Chronic constipation

Chronic constipation is not just 'not going to the toilet on a daily basis', it also includes those with hard stools or the inability to evacuate one's bowels without straining or even the passing of an inadequately small quantity of faecal matter.

Constipation may in the long term lead to problems including ulceration of the bowel, bowel cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, and diverticulitis.

The treatment may be a simple case of increasing fibre in the diet depending on the severity or duration of the condition. But in a chronic situation, generally other nutritional, herbal, dietary, emotional and exercise considerations will be looked at in a naturopathic consultation.



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