Hippocrates once said that ‘all disease begins in the gut’ … and how right he was. Gut conditions, like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), leaky gut and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), can all trigger uncomfortable symptoms, such as bloating, gas, cramps, diarrhea and fatigue. However modern day research has also linked poor gut health to a number of allergy-related conditions, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, neurological issues, malabsorption and even some cancers!
The good news is that it is possible to improve your digestive symptoms and reduce your risk factors for other chronic health conditions by encouraging gut healing through a two-step Naturopathic approach.
Weeding involves ‘weeding out’ unhealthy bacteria, yeasts and fungi from the gut, while seeding involves introducing beneficial bacteria and healing the gut lining. Naturopaths can achieve this by prescribing a variety of naturopathic herbs, including:
The herbs prescribed during the weed and seed stage may vary depending on the individual, their history and presentation of symptoms. This stage also needs to be paced in order to avoid Herxheimer’s reaction, a reaction that comes as a consequence of sudden bacterial die off. Symptoms of Herxheimer’s reaction may include fatigue, nausea and headaches.
Once the pathogens contributing to gut irritation have been partially reduced, we can focus on healing and sealing the lining of the gut. There are a number of naturopathic herbs that may help achieve this, including:
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This blog is intended as general information only. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.