IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that affects one in five adults in the United States alone. Characterized by moderate to severe abdominal complaints such as cramping, bloating, abnormal bowel function, diarrhea, constipation and gas; IBS can be extremely uncomfortable to live with and difficult to diagnosis. Commonly considered an auto-immune system issue, there are no structural abnormalities to show up on any tests. IBS is generally diagnosed through a process of elimination of other diseases with common symptoms. IBS is also aggravated by stress and the severity varies based on lifestyle, diet and activity levels.The treatments available for IBS vary almost as much as the symptoms. Lifestyle of course has a large effect and certain types of foods should be avoided. Most commercial medicines treat only one or two of the symptoms such as Imodium for diarrhea. Doctors will often prescribe antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications to help correct the chemical imbalance believed to cause most auto-immune system conditions.