SIBO treatment

Treating SIBO with Traditional Chinese Medicine

SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), is defined as an abnormal increase in bacteria in the upper part of the small intestine. When the good bacteria get to a high level in the intestines they can have negative effects on digestion, such as excessive fermentation and inflammation, which can cause the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain/discomfort
  • Bloating and abdominal distention
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Gas and belching
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn


In advanced cases, there may be weight loss and symptoms related to vitamin deficiencies.

SIBO is hugely under-diagnosed. This is because many people don’t seek medical care for their SIBO symptoms, and because many doctors aren’t aware of how common SIBO is.

What causes the bacterial overgrowth?

Food is moved through our digestive tract from the stomach to the small intestine and to the colon. In a healthy gut, bacteria get passed through the digestive tract along with the food to the final stop in the colon. But problems can occur when something interferes with this process, such as damage to the nerves or muscles in the gut, physical obstructions, or medications that disrupt the normal gut flora.

How does Chinese Medicine treat it?

To prevent SIBO from reoccurring, it is best to address the underlying cause, or predisposing factor. A doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine will aim to target any underlying functional weakness in the gastric environment. They may do this in three ways:

Diet – Dietary adjustments may be necessary to overcome SIBO, and a TCM doctor may suggest a diet low in carbohydrates and free of refined flours, sugars and alcohol, with reduced dairy intake.

Herbal medicine formulas are made to reduce bacterial overgrowth in the small intestines, whilst healing the damaged intestinal tissue and rebuilding the integrity of the intestinal membranes.

If there is troublesome gas and bloating, acupuncture can reduce the swelling and inflammation around the ileocecal valve, allowing it to close properly.

Disclaimer & Important Information

We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. GinSen’s specialists will discuss your care before carrying out the treatment, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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