Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is not a true diagnosis. Rather, it encompasses a conglomeration of inflammatory digestive issues associated with a variety of causes. Patients often present with vomiting, diarrhea fluctuating with constipation, regurgitation, discolored lips or gums, gas, abdominal pain, and/or loss of appetite.

In holistic medicine, many potential imbalances may contribute to IBD, including:

•Food allergies. Protein sensitivities can change over time. Egg, chicken, grains, beef and fish are common culprits.

•Microbiome disruption. This can be the result of poor genetics, poor early nutrition, and/or overmedication with antibiotics or other microbe-affecting medications.

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•Excess emotions. Worry, anger or fear can upset digestion.

•Conditions identified by Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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