Natural Relief for the Irritable Bowel
Number 43. For Professional Use Only
At any one time 20-25% of people living in the western countries fulfil the diagnostic criteria for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and currently in the UK around 13% women and 5% men suffer from IBS.1,2 This makes IBS one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders. It is a condition that can start at any time and is common with other medically unexplained illnesses; IBS is more common in women compared with men. IBS can affect all age groups, from the infant who cries with colic to the elderly. It can range in severity from a temporary interruption in the otherwise normal life, to a condition that is extremely debilitating. Those who suffer from it find it dominates their lives and can wreak havoc with work and social commitments.
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