IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It is known to cause discomfort, cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. Despite these symptoms, IBS doesn't permanently damage the colon. In terms of treatment, it is often recommended that patients take soluble fiber supplements such as psyllium, guar gum and wheat bran, or anti-diarrheal medicine such as Imodium. Also, eliminating high-gas foods (http://www.med.umich.edu/fbd/docs/Gas%20reduction%20diet.pdf) could help remove the symptons described above.
See link for more details: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibschildren/
Always increase fiber dose gradually over period of 2-3 weeks. Consider Heather's Tummy Fiber if bloating is a prominent problem.
In addition, here is a list of some natural products used by people with IBS:
Probiotics: VSL#3 and Keybiotics considered to be among most effective. Follow an instruction.
Peppermint Oil: 1-2 caps. between meals.
Fennel: 1 teaspoon with food for prevention of bloating and gas.
WheatTibetan herbs: Padma Lax for lBS with constipation. Take 2 capsules/day for 3 months.
Ginger: As antispasmodic (brew as a tea) or for nausea (chew fresh, minced).
Iberogast: For IBS with dyspepsia. It has a prokinetic effect (improves the gastric empteeng). 20 drops before meals.
Below is also a list of foods rich in soluble fiber:
Flour Tortillas Yams
Soy Sweet potatoes
Corn meal Rutabagas
Rice (brown) Parsnips
Beets Squash and pumpkins
CARRAGEENAN: a food addictive which is probably not safe, and is considered by many specialists as being linked to colon cancer, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, and an inadequate immune responce. It may be found in such products, as: toothpaste, gummy products, dairy products/ plant milks. It is often used as a vegan alternative to gelatin.
Foods on FODMAP Diet:
What is FODMAP? See www.About.com Search Irritable Bowel Syndrome for an explanations and review of food diet.
It is also strongly adviced to consult a dietitian, knowledgeable in those dietary modifications.