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The Role of Brain-Gut Connection to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The brain has a direct effect on our digestive health. An individual’s gastrointestinal upset can be the cause or the result of anxiety, stress, or depression. There are three key parts of the brain and nervous system that play a role in IBS symptoms:


Based on these observations, the psychologically based approaches can greatly improve in digestive symptoms more than only conventional medical treatment. There are important management strategies such as yoga, meditation, exercise, massage, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, and low-dose nerve pain/antidepressant medication to target the gut, not the brain.





Anna Chung Patient Care Coordinator

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