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Holistic Treatment

for Irritated Bowel Syndrome

By Dr. Juliet Tien (Dr. J), D.N., Sc.

According to the National Digestive Disease Association, it is estimated that 15 to 20% of Americans suffer from Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS). And yet, only one third of them seek diagnosis and treatment.

Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not a disease. It consists of a cluster of digestive tract symptoms including alternation of constipation and diarrhea, flatulence (gas), gas pain, extreme fatigue, foggy mind, depression, etc. Though many researchers claim the cause of IBS is “not well understood,” through my several decades of clinical experience, I have observed that major causes of IBS are overgrowth of yeasts and parasites, and of chronic stress.


Physical Causes of IBS:

Poor Dietary Habits

Physical causes include indulgence in yeast-favorite food (Standard American Diet – SAD) containing sugar, dairy, wheat, yeast, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and chemicals. When my clients eliminated or reduced these allergens and stayed on non-allergic food, usually their symptoms of IBS were reduced substantially or they completely subsided.


Excessive Use of Antibiotics

Excessive use of antibiotics often killed all kinds of bacteria floras in the intestines, including friendly bacteria flora. Thus, your small and large intestines lost the ability to eliminate smoothly.


Lack of exercise

Sitting in front of the computer for too long is a common habit for people in modern society. This in turn, reduces the peristaltic function of intestines, and causes constipation.


Pre-existing illnesses

Pre-existing illnesses preclude you from exercising with comfort and regularity; consequently, lack of exercise and improper physical functioning become a chronic condition for constipation or diarrhea.


Sexual Contact

Yeast and parasitic infections are sexually transmitable. Exchange of body fluids can give infections back and forth between sexual partners. If yeast and parasitic infections are untreated, they can cause symptoms from head to toe, including IBS.


Psychological Causes of IBS:

Unfinished business

IBS is a symbol that your life is out of control. Coined by Frederick Perls, the phrase “unfinished business” denotes that an individual has been in and out of the emotional garbage pail and does not resolve the inner conflicts. These inner conflicts can stem from relationships with parents, parent-surrogates, children, spouses, siblings, friends, relatives, partners, and co-workers. When your existence is haunted by unfinished business, you are likely to carry negative emotions such as anger, resentment, grief, regret, and guilt. Your life can be in consistent crises and out of control, so as your bowels!



Boredom can slow down both mental and physical activities, and in turn, depresses the immune system. When the immune system is sluggish, opportunistic organisms such as yeasts, bacteria, viruses and parasites will have a greater opportunity to take over.


Busy-Taking-Care-of-Others Syndrome

Some people have developed a habit of taking care of others and neglecting their own welfare. Usually these people knowingly or unknowingly suffer from low self-esteem or insecurity. When they were busy taking care of others, they had a sense of control. When they were out of a caretaker’s role, they lost the control of their life and bowel movement.

All the possible causes described above can cause the breakdown of the immune system, especially the psychological stress, because psychological stress is the primary cause of yeast and parasitic infections. Why? Psychological stress depletes your immune system, thus allowing opportunistic organisms to grow.

To effectively treat Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I suggest using a holistic approach including an anti-yeast nutritional program, herbal therapy, and stress management. 

Anti-yeast Nutritional Program

Adopt a yeast-free nutritional program that contains no sugar, dairy, wheat, yeast, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and chemicals. The above no-no’s are “Dr. J’s Eight Commandments” as detailed in my cookbook, Healthy & Tasty: Dr. J’s Anti-Yeast Cooking (The book may be available in your local libraries). A yeast-free nutritional program will nourish your body and starve the yeasts and parasites — your little enemies within. When your enemies are less active, your IBS will improve.


Herbal Therapy

Use an herbal detox program to remove all excess and harmful yeasts and parasites, and allow your body’s innate intelligence to heal you. It is important to cleanse your liver and kidneys so that toxins will not build up in your body.  You can also add formulas rich in plant-based protein, to nourish your body that is starving for nutrients.


Stress Management

You need to learn to effectively manage your stress and have a different outlook on life.  In my book: Breaking the Yeast curse: Food and Unconditional Love for Magic Healing, you can learn valuable techniques such as a 10-minute Meditation, Deep Emotional Releasing Technique, special prayers, and affirmations to reduce your stress (The book may be available in your local libraries.) 

Remember, Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not a disease. It’s a cluster of physical symptoms that reflect your emotional and spiritual states. Once you learn how to balance your life situation, IBS can be controlled!

Dr. Juliet Tien (Dr. J) is a leading expert in treating yeast and parasitic infections and related illnesses. She is the author of several books, and was a radio and TV personality in her specialty area. Recently she became the co-owner of Dr. J’s Vibrant Café in downtown Los Angeles (at corner of the Main and 4th St.) — a Vegan and Anti-Yeast Nutritional Restaurant, the first of its kind! For more information, please contact: Academy of Vibrant Health, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Tel. (213) 489-1712. Visit: