Still controversial. Patients frequently ask us if probiotics help treat IBS. Certain strains which contain bifidobacterium infantis may help alleviate symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating and irregular bowel movements. However, this remains a controversial area and the evidence is mixed. Also, don't get carried away with purchasing a super expensive brand name and 50 billion strains! Probiotics may help restore the balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut.