IBS Treatment London


One in every 12 visits to the doctor is because of a digestive complaint – with IBS for half of these visits.  In fact 20-25% of people in the western world are believed to suffer from IBS – to varying degrees – and this condition is three times more common in women than in men.

Sadly in most cases your GP is fairly ill-equipped to deal with this particular problem, as IBS is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms that are often contradictory and can differ hugely from person to person

They do however fit into two categories: spastic colon-type IBS where gripping pain is common, as well as alternating constipation and diarrhoea.  Painless diarrhoea -type IBS causes urgent diarrhoea, usually upon rising and often after a meal.  Common symptoms of both types are abdominal pain (which may be continuous or may come in sporadic bouts and can be a dull ache or, in extreme cases, excruciating), and constipation or diarrhoea – or both alternating from day to day or week to week.  Bloating, wind, headaches, nausea, anxiety, skin conditions and depression are also often associated with IBS.

There are many contributing factors in IBS, which all need to be fully investigated. According to the British Allergy Foundation, around 45% of people who contact them suffer from food intolerance at some time in their lives and many of these people have IBS type symptoms.  The most commonly offending foods are wheat, dairy, coffee, tea and citrus fruits – although intolerance can present to the most innocuous of foods, which are often unsuspected.

Stress can also play an important part as your digestion shuts down during stressful times meaning that digestive juices don’t get to do their job properly, which leaves incompletely digested particles of food to irritate the gut.  A lack of digestive enzymes and stomach acid can also lead to incompletely digested food irritating the gut.

Parasites are a growing area that is an often overlooked factor along with lactose intolerance, mind body interaction, malabsorption of nutrients, hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, environmental sensitivities and more.  We carry out sensitive testing to assess gut function

There is no single cause for IBS but most of the time we can find the cause for each person and work with him or her individually in response to their biochemical uniqueness.  For instance, some people with IBS improve when they eliminate gluten from their diet, while others won’t notice any benefit.  Other people have a blood sugar rise after meals, causing an increase in serotonin, which can cause diarrhoea.  Many people diagnosed with IBS actually have a condition called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)  Other people have an overgrowth of yeast or general; dysbiosis to include parasite and bacteria

Some healing options used our practice, (either in isolation or concurrently) are evaluating the above,  increasing fibre intake, evaluate possible lactose intolerance, consider grain intolerance or other food allergies, explore behavioural therapies and checking for leaky gut,  These are just some of the options we use for IBS treatment London and Hertfordshire clinics.  Please do check our testimonials below and Google reviews. note that results vary from person to person.

Call us today for your free 20 minute consultation to see how we can help.  

IBS testimonials

Oliver really helped me with my stomach problems. I had been an IBS sufferer for many years and things had reached a crisis point in which I seemed to be becoming very intolerant of a whole range of normal, everyday foods – resulting in severe diarrhoea. I was starting to restrict my diet in quite drastic ways. Oliver arranged for some tests which set my mind at rest and put me on a comprehensive plan of supplements, as well as giving me detailed, practical advice on diet. Things improved a lot within a couple of months. I no longer feel any need to restrict my diet but I’ve got into the habit of making more healthy choices.


Harry came to complaining of serious digestive issues for a number of years Gut was irritated eating virtually anything. He also had profuse sweating. After a 5 weeks of following our plan his symptoms had disappeared and he felt a million times better (his words) This was without even running a single test.

Joan came to see us with a long term history of gastrointestinal issues alongside fatigue and cold extremities. She has been having bowel problems all her life and she was now 60 years old having used laxatives for most of her life. She was now experiencing 4-5 bowel movements a day that were well formed but she could not understand why this was happening. We diagnosed a previously missed underactive thyroid and prescribed a few dietary changes alongside some supplements and some herbs. A private stool test revealed that she had a sterile gut as she had consumed more than 100 courses of antibiotics in her life. The specific types of 3 probiotics and prebiotic that we gave her alongside nervous system support had the desired effect in a matter of weeks.

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My session with Oliver Barnett was very interesting and informative and he told me how to build on my existing healthy diet, broadening what I ate and how I prepared it, and prescribed a course of herbs and a detox.

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