Digestive System Tests

In alternative medicine, proper digestive function is considered essential for optimal health. Not only do digestive problems result in gas, bloating, constipation, irritable bowel, diarrhea, and heartburn, but they can lead to dysfunction in the intestinal lining, called intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome. According to some alternative medicine proponents, this may trigger a host of diseases, such as autoimmune disorders, arthritis, impaired immune function, and other conditions.

The following are the most common alternative medicine tests of the digestive system:

1. Stool Analysis in Alternative Medicine 
A stool test that analyzes the digestive system for people with conditions, especially those involving the digestive system. It looks at digestion, absorption, bacterial balance, yeast and parasites. Learn more about this test.

2. Intestinal Permeability Test
An intestinal permeability test, also called the Lactulose and Mannitol Test, is a urine test. Learn more about this test.

3. The Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth Breath Test
The small intestinal bacterial overgrowth breath test detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, a condition that may be involved in chronic bloating, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel, constipation, and abdominal pain, according to some alternative medicine practitioners. Learn more about this test.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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