IBS is a common, long-term condition of the digestive system. It is classified as bouts of constipation and bloating followed by stomach cramps and diarrhoea.
According to the NHS choices website, IBS is thought to affect up to one in five people at some point in their life, and around twice as many women are affected as men.
NHS choices also claim that the condition is usually life-long, but may improve over several years.
While modern medicine does acknowledge that IBS seems to flare up during times of stress, it does not make clear the specific cause and meaning behind IBS.
If you, like most of us have ever experienced symptoms that were uncomfortable, painful, worrying or embarrassing, you would probably like to know why!
According to the comprehensive Health Survey for England half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs, the cost to the NHS is in excess of £15 billion a year.
The number of prescribed items in the community is accelerating faster than the population and yet we still have no definitive answer as to why we need them in the first place. According the ‘The Merck Manual’ (the definitive medical dictionary) over 95% of diseases have an unknown cause.
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