I have been taking a chinese herbal supplement for three years and, while it has helped quite a bit, it has DEFINITELY NOT CURED me of IBS. This condition is said to be incurable and after thirty years of experience, I agree. There isn't a "treatment" under the sun that I have tried either western or eastern or alternative or holistic, that has "worked" in a sustainable way. Everything, including dietary changes, is a temporary "solution" to a chronic problem that, if you're lucky, can go into "remission" for a time but will likely return later in life. In my case, such "remissions" have been virutally non-existent. I may have a lessening of severe symptoms, but to be free of all symptoms - that has not happened for me.
I appreciate what naturopathic medicine contributes to the conversation about digestive disorders. I think they take a more comprehensive approach to bowel health that integrates all the systems of the body into the equation and helps us makes sense of how one system's "breakdown" can impact all the others. The emphasis on nutrition and herbal remedies sits well for many of us who have exhausted all the invasive treatments offered by western medicine. I've had more successes with eastern and naturopathic remedies than I have with doctors but in the end, nothing "cures" this dreadful condition.
Post Edited (Keriamon) : 4/29/2008 10:08:35 AM (GMT-6)