Course: SIBO Testing for Dermatological Conditions
SIBO Testing for Dermatological Conditions
Nikka Kanani, ND +1

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a commonly under-diagnosed condition caused by an increase in amount of bacteria in the small intestine (either pathogenic or commensal), where colonization should normally be low.1 This overgrowth of bacteria can cause excessive fermentation and inflammation and can significantly alter the structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract. Potential consequences of SIBO, such as malabsorption, can lead to other systemic problems such as skin dysfunction.2 This course provides an overview of a naturopathic medical approach to evaluating and treating SIBO from an evidence-based perspective.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify predisposing risk factors and comorbidities of SIBO
  • Recall two methods of testing for SIBO, and which method is the current gold standard for the diagnosis of SIBO
  • Compare and contrast potential benefits and limitations between oral antibiotics and natural-antimicrobial agents in the treatment of SIBO
  • Assess current research connecting SIBO with various skin problems


User: Nikka Kanani
Nikka Kanani

Dr. Nikka Kanani is a licensed Naturopathic doctor practicing in Orange County, California. She specializes in naturopathic dermatology, women’s health, and digestive health. She struggled with skin conditions including acne and eczema, and found relief and healing through integrative medicine. This developed into a passion for natural skin care and integrative dermatology. She believes that clear, healthy skin is achieved by treating the person from the inside out. 

Dr. Kanani earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Science from the University of California, Irvine. She then completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in San Diego, California. Dr. Kanani received advanced clinical training in women’s health, dermatology, environmental medicine, and autoimmune disease. She believes in an individualized approach to medicine and treating the patient as a whole person. Dr. Kanani is passionate about educating patients and working with them to create a treatment plan that is both feasible and effective. Her goal is to empower people to take control of their own health.

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User: Rubaina Dang
Rubaina Dang

Rubaina Dang is a Naturopathic Doctor with a strong passion for dermatology, gut health and cardiometabolic conditions. She completed her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology & Neuroscience with Honors from the University of California, San Diego and her doctorate degree at Bastyr University, which is one of the world's leading academic institutions for natural and integrative education. During her undergraduate and postgraduate career, she has pursued research in the realm of meditation, mindfulness and cognitive-based therapies. She believes in the connection of the mind and the body, as well as the strong association of the gut, hormones, stress and their interplay with the skin. With a strong interest of understanding her patients and finding the root cause of their complaints, she takes on a holistic, whole-person approach to healing. She recognizes the importance of proper nutrition, a balanced lifestyle, and combining conventional and integrative approaches for optimal outcomes. Her clinical specialties include: eczema, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, SIBO, PCOS, diabetes, and cardiovascular health. She uses evidence-based research as the foundation of her practices and is currently working on combining science and herbalism into a modern skincare line.

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