Many patients seek relief from a variety of digestive complaints which can include bloating, diarrhoea, flatulence, constipation, reflux, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, parasitic infections and suspected or diagnosed food allergies or intolerances.
Assessing digestive health requires a comprehensive, detailed and holistic approach and practitioners at MHHG are skilled at evaluating factors such as common dietary triggers, infective causes, stress, and lifestyle in helping to identify the underlying cause. While it is critical to exclude more serious causes of disease, many gastrointestinal complaints fall under the category of ‘functional disorders’ in that they exist despite no underlying pathology or disease process. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a good example of this. For these functional gastrointestinal disorders, naturopathic treatments are exceptionally well placed in providing primary care. Treatment regimens typically involve dietary and lifestyle modifications, herbal medicines and nutritional supplementation.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death after lung cancer. Early detection is associated with the best outcome and we encourage patients to utilise the government-funded screening kits available.
Risk reduction strategies include dietary modifications and more intensive screening of patients with a known family history or other risk factors such as inflammatory bowel disease.