Small intestine bacterial overgrowth, also known as SIBO, is a chronic digestive ailment in which the number of naturally occurring intestinal bacteria multiplies significantly as a result of a lack of movement in the small intestine. Peristaltic action within the intestines ordinarily sweeps food wastes and excess bacteria toward the colon for excretion. When this mechanism fails or is insufficient, SIBO can result.
Also called Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth Syndrome (SBBOS), the condition is characterized by symptoms of nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and bloating.
Certain medical conditions can lead to SIBO, including Crohn’s Disease, scleroderma, diabetes, and the presence of diverticula.
Natural Remedies for SIBO
Peppermint oil (enterically coated) has been studied and found to reduce the number of microbes in the small intestine.
Oregano, garlic, goldenseal, and cinnamon may also help to control bacterial levels within the small intestine, to reduce symptoms of SIBO.
Continue reading below for helpful feedback from Earth Clinic readers who have tried various remedies to treat SIBO.