TREATING SIBO -SHOULD YOU USE ANTIBIOTICS?
Antibiotics are often used to treat SIBO, Rifaximin is the most common. However, studies show that despite treatment with antibiotics, recurrence develops in almost half of all patients within one year.
Botanical antimicrobials, such as Neem and Berbaine, show better outcomes than pharmaceutical antibiotics. Researchers have even found that herbal remedies such as these are as effective as 3 courses of antibiotic therapy in patients who don’t respond well to Rifaximin.
What studies and anecdotal evidence are showing is that treatment of the overgrowth alone is not enough for most people to make a long term recovery.
Addressing the underlying cause, or predisposing factor, is necessary for a full sustained recovery.
TREATMENT USING HERBAL ALTERNATIVES
If you suspect that you have SIBO do not take prebiotics.
Make sure the probiotics you are taking do not include prebiotics. This will aggravated SIBO by providing food for the bacteria living in the small intestines while encourage their continual growth.