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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common type of digestive disorder, with symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps, constipation, and diarrhea.

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Summary of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Scientific Information on Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies to tell you what supplements affect Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Supplement Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
grade-a Notable Very High See all 8 studies
In persons with IBS, supplementation of peppermint oil appears to reliably and effectively reduce abdominal pain for as long as it is taken. Benefits are no longer seen two weeks after supplement cessation and abdominal pain is the only symptom notably reduced.
grade-d Minor - See study
One open-label study (lacks blinding for investigators or subjects and no placebo-control) indicated that pynogenol efficacy for IBS symptoms was on par with some of the common pharmacological antispasmodic agents. Although the study design was weak, other studies demonstrating that pycnogenol has a relaxing effect on intestinal smooth muscle tissue lends some increased confidence that it may also be effective as a treatment for IBS.

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