Healing Options for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

“Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder with worldwide prevalence rates ranging from 9-23 percent and U.S. rates generally in the area of 10-15 percent. Functional disorders are conditions where there is an absence of structural or biochemical abnormalities on diagnostic tests.”

The following are some natural remedies for coping with IBS symptoms. 

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Abdominal painconstipation and diarrhea are all typical symptoms of irritable bowelsyndrome (IBS). Other names for this disorder include irritable colonmucous colitis, spastic colon or spastic colitis, and nervous stomach. Although IBS is not dangerous, the symptoms can be very painful and bothersome.” [ncbi]

 

Acupuncture Irritable Bowel Syndrome theory

“Acupuncturists primarily view IBS as an imbalance within Spleen and Liver meridians. The Spleen meridian is responsible for ensuring transformation and transportation of food, and therefore has a very strong connection with the digestive system but more specifically at the intestines level. When there is a spleen deficiency present, common signs and symptoms may include soft or loose stool, mental fog, and fatigue.This meridian is easily affected by excessive mental activity, irregular eating habits or damp foods such as wheat and dairy products.

The liver meridian ensures a free flow of energy within the body and in doing so aids the function of the spleen meridian. When the Liver meridian is out of balance, stagnation can occur causing abdominal pain, constipation, and frustration. The biggest factors for an imbalance within this meridian is due to lack of exercise, unexpressed anger or resentment.

From a western perspective, acupuncture is thought to help IBS through somehow interacting and harmonizing the hormonal and nervous system. Acupuncture and can be very successful in the treatment for IBS and is usually combined with dietary and lifestyle advice. More recent studies have shown that both sham acupuncture and traditional acupuncture provide significant improvement of symptoms and symptoms (Lombo et al, 2009).  This has been associated with increased levels of osteoprotegerin in both groups and TWEAK (TNF-related weak inducer of apoptosis) more so in the sham acupuncture group (Kokkotou, 2010)”.

Many patients suffering from IBS seek relief from acupuncture. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach IBS on an individual, symptom-by-symptom basis. IBS is almost always considered a disharmony between the liver and the spleen. The liver is responsible for the smooth flow of substances throughout the body, which can be disrupted by emotions or stress causing stagnation of Qi or blood. TCM views the spleen as being associated with the function of digestion and transforming food into energy, which can also be disrupted. Overeating unhealthy foods, overwork, over worrying, fatigue and lack of exercise are known to weaken the spleen. As a result of a weakened spleen and the liver not flowing smoothly, the liver overacts on the spleen and can manifest as symptoms of IBS. TCM practitioners may use a range of modalities to treat this liver/spleen disharmony including acupuncture, dietary therapy and lifestyle changes. Chinese herbal formulas are another important component of IBS treatment. A group of herbs is combined to specifically address a person’s unique constitution in Chinese herbology”. [1] , [2]

 

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Herbal Remedies

1. Enjoy a Cup of Chamomile Tea

“Chamomile can help ease the pain of a stomach ache by working as an anti-inflammatory (for example the lining of the stomach can become inflamed as a result common gastritis, caused by bacteria) and by relaxing the smooth muscle of the upper digestive tract. When it relaxes that muscle, the contractions that are pushing food through your system ease up a bit and lessen the pain of cramping and spasms. 

You will need…

-1 teabag of chamomile tea OR 1-2 teaspoons of dried chamomile

-A mug

-Hot water

Directions

Pour boiling water over a tea bag and cover your mug, letting it steep for 10 minutes. If using dried chamomile, place 1-2 teaspoons in a mug and cover with boiling water. Cover the mug and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Sip slowly”.

2. Use a “Hot” Pack

“I put hot in quotations because you don’t truly want it boiling hot-just very warm, comfortably so. You can also use a hot water bottle for this as well. Heat helps to loosen and relax muscles, so if you find yourself cramping up, some warmth can go a long way for relieving you of the dreadful discomfort.

You will need…

-A hot pack, hot water bottle, or something similar

-A cozy place to lie down

Directions

Find a place to lie down, and rest the hot pack on your belly. It should be a comfortable temperature, but definitely warm. Do this for at least 15 minutes, or as long as you need to, reheating as necessary”.

3. Rice Water

“Rice water is exactly what it sounds like: the water left-over after you cook rice. It acts a demulcent, meaning a substance that relieves inflammation by forming a sort of soothing barrier over a membrane, in this case, the lining of your stomach.

You will need…

-1/2 cup of white rice

-2 cups of water

-A pot

Directions

Cook your rice with twice the amount of water you normally would for your chosen amount. In this case, I am using plain old long-grain white rice. Put your rice in a pot on the stove and add the water, cooking over medium-low heat. As the rice starts to become tender, remove it from the heat and let it soak for 3 minutes with the lid on the pan. Drain and drink the water warm, adding a smidge of honey if needed. Save the rice for a bland meal later”.

4. Enjoy Some Mint

“Fresh peppermint tea (or just peppermint tea in general) can help relax stomach muscles. It also helps improve the flow of bile, which helps you digest properly. This is especially useful if suffering from indigestion

You will need…

-A handful of fresh peppermint leaves OR 1-2 teaspoons dried

-Mug

-1 cup water

Directions

Cover the peppermint with 1 cup of boiling water, cover, and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Sip slowly while it’s still toasty warm. If using the fresh peppermint leaves, you can chew on them as well to ease stomach pains. You can also just use a pre-made tea bag if you find that more desirable”.

5. Warm Lemon Water

“Lemon water, if your issue is indigestion, helps a stomachache. The high acidity level stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid, which breaks down our food. By upping the amount of HCL being produced, you help move digestion along at healthy pace. You get the added bonus of the hydration too, which keeps the system flushed and running smoothly.

You will need…

-1 fresh lemon

-warm water”

6. Ginger Root Tea

“Ginger contains naturally occurring chemicals called gingerols and shogaols. These chemicals can help relax smooth muscles, such as the muscle that lines the intestinal tract, and therefore relieve stomach cramps or a colicky stomach ache. Ginger root is also great for relieving nausea, which may accompany a stomachache. Sipping on some warm tea can prove very useful as a home remedy for stomach aches and is, in my opinion, more effective than ginger ale.

You will need…

-1 ginger root, 1-2 inches

-A sharp knife or peeler

-1-2 cups of water

-Honey (optional)

Directions

Wash, peel, and then grate or finely chop 1-2 inches of fresh ginger root. Bring 1-2 cups of fresh water to a boil (use less water and more ginger if you want a more concentrated drink) and add your ginger. Boil for 3 minutes and then simmer for 2 more. Remove from heat, strain, and add honey to taste. Sip slowly and relax”.

7. Chew Fennel Seeds

“Let’s say your stomach ache is being caused by indigestion. In this case, chewing fennel seeds will help as they contain anethole, a volatile oil that can stimulate the secretion of digestive juices to help move things along. It can also help tame inflammation, and reduce the pain caused by it. If you are suffering from gastritis, inflammation of the stomach, this may provide some relief from the discomfort.

You will need…

-1/2-1 teaspoon of fennel seeds

Directions

After a meal, chew ½-1 teaspoon of fennel seeds thoroughly. If you are pregnant, avoid fennel”.

8. Drink Club Soda and Lime

“Like lemon, lime can help ease an aching tummy. Combine the lime with club soda and you have an easy drink to sip on to wash away the pain. If you overeat and have a stomach ache as a result, the carbonation in club soda will encourage you to burp, therefore relieving pressure in your belly. It has been shown to help greatly with dyspepsia (basically indigestion) and constipation.

You will need…

-8 ounces of cool club soda

-Fresh lime juice

Directions

Mix 8 ounces of club soda with the juice of half a lime. Stir and sip slowly”. [3]

 

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Ayurvedic Remedies

1. Cardamom Infusion

“Scientifically known as Elettaria Cardamomum, Cardamom is one spice which completes Indian cuisine. Known for its aromatic flavour and mild heat producing taste, cardamom is a little-known cure for the irritable bowel syndrome. This miracle spice not only aids digestion but also lowers chances of flatulence, diarrhea, and constipation. This little herbal remedy is the best possible fix for stomach and intestinal cramps. Its detoxifying properties not only purifies the system but also restores the chemical balance in the intestinal tract. This aids in overall digestive health.Cardamom secretes natural juices that are an excellent cure for acidity. Subsequent consumption results in settled bowels, induced appetite, and smooth digestion. As cardamom seeds are readily available across all herbal and spice stores, getting rid of your irritable bowel syndrome is no longer difficult. The best way to consume cardamom is by chewing it raw. However, some people can find its strong taste overwhelming. To that end, it is best to brew the seeds in a pot of tea. The tea-cardamom infusion can then be cooled down and taken several times a day on an empty stomach to do away with your stomach problems for good”.

2. Cinnamon Solution

“Cinnamon is one spice without which a cure for irritable bowel syndrome cannot be imagined. The aromatic spice has been spicing up culinary delights in indigenous kitchens since time immemorial. Thus, it should come as no surprise that this magical spice can prove its worth in curing the irritable bowel syndrome. This heat-producing herb contains rich quantities of eugenol. This chemical acts as a mild painkiller, thereby soothing abdominal cramps and making you feel at ease.

Copious amounts of powdered cinnamon in food can also help contain the harmful effects of diarrhea on the body. Eugenol not only cures cramps but also calms the irritated stomach and intestinal linings to keep diarrhea at bay. When consumed in solution form, it can help combat the dehydration associated with diarrhea. To make the best use of cinnamon, brew it in a pot of boiling water, with or without tea. The solution prepared, must be cooled and consumed thrice a day to provide immediate relief”.

3. Fennel Cure

“When it comes to curing stomach related troubles, fennel seeds deserves special mention. Fennel seeds are rich in a number of essential minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. An infusion prepared with fennel seeds and tea can not only cure constipation, but also ease the irritated intestinal lining. Regular consumption of fennel seeds can aid in proper digestion, reduce chances of flatulence, ease of constipation and soothe an upset stomach.

When consumed on a daily basis, fennel seed infusions can form intestinal mucus, facilitating healthy bowel movement at the end of the day. Fennel seeds are readily available across all herbal stores. They can be chewed raw after meals as a mouth freshener, or can be brewed in tea as a mild and flavourful tincture. Taking this mixture twice a day for at least a week will provide some much-needed relief from the irritable bowel syndrome”.

4. Ginger Relief

“This earthy root holds a potent cure for the wretched IBS. Ginger is well known for its antispasmodic properties that aids in reducing stomach cramps. It’s essential warming oils contain zingiberine and zingiberole that counteract nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. Consuming ginger on a daily basis in an infusion form, or by consuming it raw can significantly lower chances of contracting irritated bowels in the long run. Ginger used in cooking can also aid in digestion, alleviate constipation, soothe irritated stomach, reduce nausea, cease vomiting and nourish the intestinal mucus for easy passage of feces.”

“As ginger is one of the most commonly available roots, it can be used in a number of ways. It can be taken in powder form before every meal. To make the best use of ginger powder, consume a teaspoon every morning on an empty stomach with a glass of tepid water. The irritable bowel syndrome is completely curable using the above mentioned herbal remedies. All you need to do is follow these instructions carefully. However, if the symptoms persist, you should consult your physician at the earliest”.

Caution: “Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional”. [4]

 

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Foods to avoid for people with IBS

“Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a digestive condition characterized by chronic stomach pain, bloating, irregular bowel movements, diarrhea and/or constipation. It’s estimated that upwards of 15% of the United States population suffers from IBS, many of whom do not even realize it. While there’s no known cure for IBS, individuals can prevent symptoms from occurring by avoiding the consumption of certain foods”.

  •       “Brussels Sprouts. Although they are loaded in beneficial nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, manganese and fiber, Brussels sprouts should be avoided by people with IBS. This fun-sized vegetable can worsen the symptoms of IBS by promoting excess gas and abdominal pain. While each and every case of IBS is unique, most people report adverse symptoms after consuming Brussels sprouts”.
  •       “Broccoli. Another food that you should avoid is broccoli. This crunchy, stalky vegetable is high in fiber and it promotes gas – two elements that can worsen IBS symptoms. It’s important to note, however, that cooking broccoli may eliminate some or all of its negative effects. So if raw, uncooked broccoli triggers a bout of IBS, try steaming or sautéing it. Doing so may allow you to reap the nutritional benefits of this vegetable without irritating your digestive system”.
  •       “The truth is that any high-fiber vegetable may cause digestive issues in people with IBS, broccoli and Brussels sprouts may not be the only culprits”.
  •       “Milk. You may want to think twice before eating a milk-filled bowl of cereal for breakfast in the morning, as it can worsen IBS symptoms. Normally, the small intestine does a pretty good job at breaking down lactose. If there is not enough enzymes to perform this operation, some of it will travel to the large intestine where it’s fermented. Not only will this cause gas, but it can also cause bloating, cramps, spasms and diarrhea”
  •       “Beans. It should come as no surprise that beans are on our list of foods for IBS sufferers to avoid. Beans (legumes) contain a special type of sugar known as oligosaccharide, which the body is unable to break down. Since they aren’t broken down in the same manner as other sugars, oligosaccharides pass through the small and large intestines, at which point bacteria converts them to gas”. [5]

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