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SIBO Caused Extreme Bloating, Nausea, Constipation

Author: Kristen D.
Skill: Nutritionist
Date: 08-27-2015
Views: 4,695
Word Count: 707
Questions Received: 4
Testimonial ID: 10751-OR
Scientific Studies: 14

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Starving myself for days or eating an extremely limited diet (including living on elemental shakes) did nothing to get rid of this nasty SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). I was so sick of looking 6 months pregnant, even when I would wake up in the morning! And no matter how many laxatives I would take, I still felt continually constipated.

Specifically, I was suffering from methane-predominant SIBO, which causes constipation and extreme bloating. I had been dealing with this condition for almost 9 months. All the experts say that this is the hardest type of SIBO to eradicate, and the rate of relapse is very high. Ugh.

DiGize essential oil blend has been a lifesaver through all of this. I would massage it liberally, undiluted, over my stomach and abdomen to help with the discomfort. I would also gently apply some undiluted DiGize all around my anus (but not directly on the sensitive tissue of the anus), which made that feeling of constipation more bearable and even comfortable.

For the relentless nausea, I absolutely could not live without AromaEase essential oil blend. I would apply just a tiny bit on my tongue and then rub the excess over my nostrils. Then I would rub some directly over my uncomfortable stomach (not the lower abdomen).

I have tried taking various natural remedies and several essential oils internally in hopes of eradicating the SIBO itself. Unfortunately, they did nothing for it. I was desperate for help but did not want to take the antibiotics that cost over $1,000 and which also had a very high recurrence rate anyway.

Then a member of my SIBO support group mentioned a special nutraceutical, developed by a gastroenterologist, that had just been released on the market. Atrantil's active ingredients are totally natural herbs:

Quebracho extract
Conker Tree extract
M. balsamea Wild extract

I went to the website and read everything about it. The formula is free from dairy, eggs, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, and starch. I found out that clinical studies showed that Atrantil was more effective than the antibiotics. It actually helped those difficult cases of SIBO that the antibiotics had failed. In fact, the girl in my support group had been part of one study and was very happy with her results.

Unfortunately, Atrantil wasn't even available in stores yet. I had to order it online at

At first I followed the directions on the bottle, which was to take 2 capsules 3 times per day, about 30 minutes prior to meals. However, I found that I needed to get rid of any competing probiotics (as recommended by the gastroenterologist), and then I started taking one capsule of Atrantil about every 3 hours each day (for continuous coverage in my digestive tract).

During this time I also took Oxy-Powder (a safe, natural, non-habit-forming laxative) right before bed to help with the constipation while waiting for the SIBO to die off. And of course I continued using the DiGize and AromaEase essential oil blends during this process for consistent symptom relief.

It took about 30 days total for the SIBO symptoms to all disappear. (I think it would have been quicker if I had not been taking probiotics in the beginning, which were interfering with the process.) My days of constipation are gone, and my belly does not blow up like a pregnant woman anymore. Oh, and the extra 5 pounds that I had gained... those are gone too.

Note: For maintenance, I still often take one capsule of Atrantil before meals (after muscle testing if it is needed), as I am still working on getting my Crohn's, dysmotility, hiatal hernia, leaky gut, low stomach acid, and ileocecal valve problems under control. These issues, in addition to celiac disease, candida, h. pylori, vagus nerve damage, and scarring from prior bowel surgery, make one prone to developing or redeveloping SIBO, and I am not about to let that happen ever again!

I am so grateful to those who bring us life-changing products made from natural herbs and essential oils. I don't even know where I would be if I had to go back to the pharmaceutical and surgical routes again. Scary thought!

Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: bloat, bloated, bowels, constipating, crohn, crohns, digestion, dysbiosis, gerd, heartburn, hpylori, ileum, intestine, intestines, motility, nauseated, nauseous, peristalsis, reflux, tenesmus.

Supporting Scientific Studies
1."Fennel seed oil has been shown to reduce intestinal spasms and increase motility of the small intestine.... Our study suggests that fennel seed oil emulsion is superior to placebo in decreasing intensity of infantile colic."Link
2."In traditional folk medicine, tarragon [Artemisia dracunculus L. (Asteraceae)] has been used for treatment of pain and gastrointestinal disturbances.... This study reported the peripheral and central antinociceptive activity of the EOAD [essential oil of A. dracunculus] and rationalized the traditional use of the plant in the treatment of different painful conditions."Link
3."In the present study, we have evaluated the gastroprotective activity of turmeric essential oil (TEO) and ginger essential oil (GEO) in rats.... Histopathological examination showed that ethanol-induced lesions such as necrosis, erosion, and hemorrhage of the stomach wall were significantly reduced after oral administration of essential oils.... Results suggest that TEO and GEO could reduce the gastric ulcer in rat stomach as seen from the ulcer index and histopathology of the stomach. Moreover, oxidative stress produced by ethanol was found to be significantly reduced by TEO and GEO."Link
4."D-limonene is one of the most common terpenes in nature. It is a major constituent in several citrus oils.... Being a solvent of cholesterol, d-limonene has been used clinically to dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones. Because of its gastric acid neutralizing effect and its support of normal peristalsis, it has also been used for relief of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). D-limonene has well-established chemopreventive activity against many types of cancer. Evidence from a phase I clinical trial demonstrated a partial response in a patient with breast cancer and stable disease for more than six months in three patients with colorectal cancer."Link
5."Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
6.Gastroprotective effects of Lemon essential oil: "In ethanol model, CL (citrus lemon) and LIM (limonene) [component of Lemon] demonstrated 100% of gastroprotection.... In the indomethacin model, CL and LIM offered effective gastroprotection...."Link
7."14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
8."[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
9."Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
10."A 4 weeks treatment with peppermint oil improves abdominal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.... The symptoms evaluated were: abdominal bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain at defecation, passage of gas or mucus, and urgency at defecation."Link
11."Phytogenic compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are currently discussed as promising complementary agents in prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our study aimed to evaluate possible protective and curative effects of broccoli extract (BE) and of the essential oils of turmeric (Cuo), thyme (To), and rosemary (Ro) in a rat model with a mild dextran sulphate sodium- (DSS-) induced colitis.... We conclude that the phytogenic additives tested have a promising anti-inflammatory potential in vivo and a particular role in the prevention of IBD."Link
12."Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
13."Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
14."Ginger root reduced the tendency to vomiting and cold sweating significantly better than placebo did.... Remarkably fewer symptoms of nausea and vertigo were reported after ginger root ingestion...."Link

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