Probiotics are used in complementary and alternative medicine therapies because they have been shown in numerous research studies to be effective in both treatment and prevention of disease. The studies that have specifically focused on Irritable Bowel Syndrome demonstrate positive outcomes in diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, gas and bloating.

The probiotic species that have been researched and shown to be most effective are:

1) Lactobacillus – Makes various B vitamins, helps digest food, makes a natural antibiotic against certain pathogenic organisms, improves lactose intolerance.

2) Bifidobacterium – regulates intestinal balance , restores good bacteria damaged by antibiotics, crowds out the growth of pathogenic bacteria and yeast.

3) Streptococcus Thermophilius– Enhances digestion of milk sugars & exerts an inhibatory effect on pathogenic bacteria.

Probiotics are living organisms and are effective when the are viable.This means that if probiotics are subjected to stress, whether externally (such as heat) or internally (such as emotional stress), then their viability may be negatively impacted.

Nutrition and Exercise

A comprehensive natural health program for treatment of IBS can include probiotics and other natural supplements, exercise and a healthy diet. As mentioned in other posts here, stress has a negative impact on your gastrointestinal tract that causes an imbalance in your system. Brain fog and chronic fatique can follow.

Yoga which is now everywhere, will help calm your system by focusing only on the moment and blocking thoughts of past and future will calm you your system and stress. The key to overcoming IBS is in your hands. As you read through the pages here, the ultimate treatment of IBS is a combination of probiotics, natural supplemenst, an elimination diet, regular exercise and controlling stress.

Eat foods high in alkalinity such as cherries,  blueberries, artichokes, avocados and others as shown in the chart below.

CAM Wellness Institute

CAM Wellness is located in New Canaan Connecticut, the heart of Fairfield County near Westchester County New York and 40 miles from New York City.

Chart Prepared by Dr. Russel Jaffe, Health Studies Collegium 44621 Guillford Drive Asburn VA

alkaline chart


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