Old treatments effective for irritable bowel syndrome

November 14, 2008 2:51:00 PM PST
Those older treatments that used to be used for irritable bowel syndrome may end up being the best option for patients. A new study finds fiber, anti-spasmodic drugs and peppermint oil were all found to be effective in a review of the evidence.

As a result, researchers in the British Medical Journal say guidelines on IBS should be updated in light of the findings.

Experts say there had been a general feeling among doctors that the therapies didn't work.

IBS treatments include dietary advice, antidepressants and alternative therapies.