Complementary and alternative treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – Separating fact from fiction

17 August, 2015 , ,

Do you feel like you’ve tried all the treatments for irritable bowel syndrome and you’re now tempted to try your hand at alternative methods? In this article, I’ll untangle the rumours from the facts to help you make the best decision possible. Hope this enlightens you, so let’s get started right away!


You might have heard that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that can “calm” your digestive system and thereby diminish your symptoms. According to some studies, turmeric could have a beneficial effect in certain people with irritable bowel syndrome, but there is no proof that this is one of the effective treatments for irritable bowel syndrome.

Verdict: not enough supporting evidence.
But if you enjoy cooking with this spice, go right ahead! Here are some recipes that use it:

Grilled Chicken in Coconut Milk with Spices (IBS)

*FODMAPs are fermentable carbohydrates that are partly responsible for causing symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For more info, read this article.

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Jef L'Ecuyer

Jef L’Ecuyer

Registered Dietitian, RD at

Member of the Quebec College of Dietitians (OPDQ) and Dietitians of Canada,Jef graduated from McGill University in December 2014. Recently graduated and passionate about culinary arts, Jef poses a simple, effective and practical look at daily meal planning. With this in mind, she works in conjunction with the mission of SOSCuisine…

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One Response to “Complementary and alternative treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – Separating fact from fiction”

December 07, 2015 at 10:09 am, Lily Isabelle said:

Short but good description some important treatment option for getting control over the IBS problem. Thanks for share such helpful post. My brother have IBS problem and I will share this ideas with him. May be he likes to follow these ideas. Apart from that now he is taking the natural medicines as “Lean N Clean®”.

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