Stomach and Digestive - Treatments

Fecal Transplants: New Hope for Severe IBS and C. Diff Sufferers

A not-so-new therapy for treating Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may bring relief through a not-so-pleasant-sounding treatment.

Colon Cleansing Could Cause More Harm Than Good

You've probably heard about the benefits of a colon cleanse, but here's what researchers and scientific evidence have to say about this trend.

The Link Between IBS and Fibromyalgia

Research shows that as many as 60 percent of IBS patients also have fibromyalgia and as many as 70 percent of fibromyalgia patients have IBS. So what’s the connection? Get the answer here.

How Proton Pump Inhibitors Work

If you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, or gastric ulcers, your doctor may prescribe a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to ease your symptoms.

Is a Cure for Crohn's Disease on the Way?

Although there is no known medical cure for Crohn's disease yet, researchers are getting close. A gene linked to a protein involved in the immunity and the inflammatory process may pave the way.

Should You Take Digestive Enzymes?

Your body naturally produces digestive enzymes to help your body break down food. So if you have a shortage of those enzymes and you experience not-so-pleasant symptoms, it might be time to turn to these common supplements.

Common Antibiotic May Help Relieve IBS Symptoms

A common antibiotic that treats travelers' diarrhea appears to have a benefit for those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Here’s what studies have found.

What You Need to Know About Dysbiosis

Not all bacteria are bad: They can positively contribute to the digestive process. But too much good bacteria can also be unhealthy. That's why, when your bacteria balance gets out of whack, you can develop dysbiosis. Discover the symptoms, causes, and treatments for this condition.

Worms May Fight Bowel Diseases

The very idea of using worms to treat intestinal diseases may be enough to turn your stomach. But studies, in which parasitic worms are used to battle disorders like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, are showing promising results.

Zinc: Can It Stop Your Heartburn?

This small study might prove that a supplement can be the next breakthrough treatment to your worst heartburn symptoms.

Charcoal Capsules for IBS: Help or Hype?

Can diet, stress-reduction, and change of lifestyle be our only hope to remedy IBS or can charcoal capsules be the next cure?

Ulcerative Colitis: Understanding the Physical and Emotional Pain

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation of the digestive tract, often resulting in stomach pain and bloody diarrhea.

Finding Relief From Frequent Nausea

Here, find out common causes and treatments for nausea.

How to Cope with Bowel Incontinence

While it may be embarrassing to talk about, don't hesitate to tell your doctor about any symptoms of bowel incontinence you may be experiencing. Good treatments are available to improve, if not completely correct, the problem.

Using Massage to Ease Digestive Ills

Massage therapy may be helpful in relieving stress, which can disrupt the digestive process and aggravate IBS symptoms. It may also help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with other digestive disorders.

Pancreatitis: What You Should Know

Pancreatitis begins as a sudden and painful attack that is usually resolved within a few days with treatment. However, the condition can sometimes be life-threatening.

How Antibiotics Affect Your Digestive Health

While these medicines are necessary to kill the "bad" bacteria that make us sick, they often kill the "good" bacteria in the large intestine, resulting in upset stomach and diarrhea.

Understanding Enteropathic Arthritis

Enteropathic arthritis, a chronic illness that is one of a family of diseases known as spondylarthritides, is associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

All About Anal Fissures and Fistulas

Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

Understanding Ischemic Colitis

Although there isn't a clear cut reason why people suffer from ischemic colitis, there are health issues and medications that can increase your chances of getting this arduous and agonizing condition.

Soluble vs. Insoluble Fiber: What's the Difference?

Both types of fiber are good for your health, but each serves a distinct purpose and can be found in specific foods. So, are you getting enough of each?

How to Find Help for Hemorrhoids

If you're noticing bright red blood when you have a bowel movement, don't be alarmed just yet. There's a good chance you have a case of hemorrhoids.

5 Common Causes of Bloody Stools

Blood in the stools can be a frightening to see. Some causes of bloody stools are harmless, while other causes can lead to colon cancer. If you notice blood or color changes in your stool, it might be time to see a doctor.

What You Need to Know About Capsule Endoscopies

This procedure is an innovative way of detecting stomach conditions that may cause you discomfort. Here's what you need to do to prepare for the test and what happens once the test is over.

Hemorrhoids: A Real Pain in the Rear

If you're experiencing pain and burning in your backside, you may have a case of hemorrhoids. Rarely considered serious, hemorrhoids usually go way on their own within a few days.

What to Do About "Nervous Stomach"

Whether it's the result of a problem at home or the anticipation of an upcoming event, we've all had the feeling of about 100 butterflies making their home inside our stomach. Fortunately, you don't have to live with this feeling that you're going to lose your lunch.

The Causes and Treatments of Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis occurs when the diverticula, small pouches lining the digestive tract, become inflamed or infected. The problem usually affects people ages 40 and older. Although most people with diverticulosis don't experience any symptoms, others may have severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

Understanding Appendicitis

Although there is no known essential purpose that the appendix serves, if the appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus causing appendicitis, the consequences can be deadly unless treated quickly.

3 Common Digestive Conditions

Millions of people each year see their doctor because of digestive problems and, often, there are simple fixes. Talking to your doctor about any problems you may be having can help alleviate worry, reduce your symptoms, and keep your condition in check.

Nausea and Vomiting: What You May Not Know

We've all experienced the terrible feeling of nausea...and of throwing up. Here, the not-so-pretty facts.
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