Review: Iberogast for Irritable Bowel(IBS) – Buy Iberogast from Amazon.com
Today I’ll be reviewing Iberogast, a natural herbal pro-kinetic motility agent distributited by Medical Futures & Flordis.
warning: According to the the Flordis website, Iberogast contains Ethanol which may be derived from corn. If you have a severe corn allergy, you should not use Iberogast.
So first off, what is a motility?
Motility is basically another word for movement. Movement in your digestive tract is obviously important. It’s especially important that these movements are coordinated. A lot of digestive problems can be linked to poor motility, such as chronic indigestion, gastroparesis, constipation or diarrhea.
Basically somewhere in your system these movements are going too fast or too slow. These symptoms could be a chronic issue such as when dealing with IBS or gastroparesis or acute symptoms brought on by eating too much or food poisoning.
There’s a little diagram to the right to help illustrate motility. Hopefully your digestive tract isn’t really green, orange & red. ;)
What is Iberogast?
Iberogast, which is also known as STW 5, is a mixture of different herbs that have been shown in clinical studies to aid in the motility of the gut. It was developed in 1961, so it’s been in use for decades. Since it’s herbal and natural, side effects or problems from it should be rare/non-existent.
What’s in Iberogast?
Here’s a list of the main herbs in Iberogast. Probably not what you’d find in your kitchen:
- Iberis amara
- Caraway Fruit
- Peppermint Leaves
- St. Mary’s Thistle
- Lemon Balm Leaves
- Liquorice Root
How do you take Iberogast?
Iberogast comes in a 100 milliliter bottle. The bottle contains a special cap on top of the bottle to help aid with dispensing it via little droplets. Dosage suggestions are 8 drops for children 3 months – 3 years, 10 drops for children 3 to 6 years, 15 drops for children 6 to 12 years & 20 drops for anyone 12 years or older. For an adult this gives you about 100 doses per bottle or if you’re taking it 3 times a day with each meal, you essentially have a 1 month supply.
The label recommends Iberogast be mixed with warm water, but also states it can be mixed with your favorite drink. It’s suggested that you to take Iberogast with each meal.
Medical Futures has a statement on their website that Iberogast should not be used by women who are pregnant or nursing due to lack of clinical studies on women who are pregnant or nursing. However, they follow that statement up with the fact that it’s been used for years and probably doesn’t pose a significant risk.
The flavor is similar to the taste of raw vanilla extract or perhaps licorice. Iberogast does contain some alcohol, which you can somewhat taste.
The flavor would probably be less noticeable in a cola based soft drink like Pepsi or Coca-Cola. UPDATE: Some in the comments below have recommended against using soft drinks for Iberogast, and instead have suggested to use water, juice or milk/milk substitutes. Honestly, these suggestions can also cause people digestion issues as well, usually due to the sugars present in juice or milk. If you want to avoid any possibility of problems then I’d suggest you just use water. The flavor is pretty mild when mixed with a cup full of water.
Also if you do notice your symptoms worsening or different symptoms occurring then you should stop using Iberogast in case you are having allergic reaction to the one of the ingredients used in Iberogast.
Does it work?
I would have to say, yes it has helped me out from time to time. It has not cured my IBS, but I do feel less bloated & perhaps I have less constipation. It’s certainly worth trying, especially if you’re trying to stay on a more natural route for healing. I have not had any negative side effects or issues that I would blame on Iberogast.
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