Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Kombucha

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Hi Doctor
Do you know much about this? I am looking for natural food products to improve my digestion.
Since going Vegan Jan 01, many of my issues have improved, but I still get abdominal distension and some morning nausea, although not as bad.
This is supposed to help. I have tried digestive enzymes, acidophilus and yogurt to no avail. Fennel is OK but the effect sems to wear off after using it for a while.
Thanks for your thoughts and advice.
Thanks!

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Hello Bud, thanks for getting in touch. There are natural food products that may help your IBS. They are not evidence based, but there have been some reports of benefit with Manuka Honey. This is a honey made from the Manuka bush in New Zealand. It has got some evidence base to it, but mainly for gastroenteritis. You can read more about this on my web site, IBS Help Online.

Another natural product is the Acai Berry. This is a small, purple berry that seems to have taken some prominence. Again, there is no evidence apart from anacdotal reports.

Have you tried an IBS diet? This can often make a difference to your symptoms.

I hope this helps Bud and I wish you all the best.

Peter

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Dr Peter Thatcher MBBS, MRCPI. IBS Physician & Gastroenterologist

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I can answer questions on all aspects of IBS or the Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Medicine and Gastroenterology. This would include aspects of diagnosis, investigation and management of IBS and other gastroenterology or medical conditions.

Experience

I am a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in the United Kingdom. I qualified as a physician in 1993 and have been practicing Medicine and Gastroenterology ever since. I regularly run gastroenterology clinics and 1:4 patients have IBS. I am also the web master of IBS Help Online, an Irritable Bowel Syndrome help site.

Organizations
British Society of Gastroenterology Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall. UK

Education/Credentials
Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Fully UK Trained Medical Degree at Kings College School of Medicine & Dentistry 1993 Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Examinations 1997

Awards and Honors
MBBS 1993 MRCPI 1997

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