Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Is a condition that causes abdominal pain and disturbs the bowel action.

What to look for

Shortly after meals you normally have diarrhea or constipation, this is normally followed by cramps or bloating and gas. Your bowel movements are abnormal. It might seem to you that your digestive system is totally out of control. You cant stay out of the bathroom, or your stomach is tied in a knot. Your bowel movements are alternating between hard and loose.
This is the most common digestive disorder. Symptoms that are mentioned above normally follow the consumption of food. Whatever your specific symptoms are, your digestion seems to be normal but your bowel movements may become abnormal and stay that way for several week or even longer.


An irritable bowel syndrome is caused when peristalsis becomes irregular and awkward, this then disrupts the normal digestive process and it results in smaller ill-formed motions and a feeling that you might not have emptied your bowel. IBS normally strikes when you least expected, and most people who sufferers have bowel movements more frequently than normal, although some people become constipated.

The causes are still not firmly established, though it is thought that stress may play a significant role in many cases. It can also be from food sensitivities and allergies. What also provoke IBS are overeating or binge eating as is too much fat in your diet.
The following may also be factors in IBS eating irregularly or too quickly, lactose intolerance or smoking. And some sugar substitutes, other drugs and antibiotics may have diarrhea as their side effects.


There are a lot of techniques that may help you, including training in muscle relaxation. The most familiar techniques may be the hypnotic therapy. you are shown how to relax and smooth your muscles of the intestines.

Dietary Considerations

There are certain food that may provoke IBS. Fatty foods are very hard for some people’s digestive systems to handle. And this can cause the problem. The other food that can provoke it is eggs and dairy products, coffee, spicy foods and especially decaffeinated coffee. You should also increase the amount of fiber in your diet. So eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. If your diet is rich in grains such as cooked dried beans, oats, vegetables and fresh fruit. Live yogurt also helps this condition.

When to seek further professional advice

When you find blood in your stools

If you have a fever, or you have been losing weight unexpectedly
And if you have mucus in your stools

Alternative/Natural Treatments

There are herbal and dietary remedies may help to prevent or sooth your discomfort of diarrhoea and constipation.

Exercise: you should get regular exercise, this can get your system moving as well as help you to relax your body.
Herbal Therapies: try peppermint oil to help calm an overactive gastrointestinal tract, you should also try peppermint tea. Infusions of bayberry (Myrica spp.) Marsh mallow (althaeas officinalis) roots, chamomile (Matricaria recutita), or slippery (Ulmus fulva) these are also soothing to the intestinal tracts. Another herb that is beneficial is ginger. You should also try eating plain yogurt daily to help get your digestive tract in order.

Homoeopathy : when you are having spasms of pain and diarrhoea after emotional upsets, Ignatia may be very helpful. Take mercurius vivus if you are passing offensive-smelling gas and mucus in the motions. When you bend over and you have sudden cramps like pains, you should take colocynths. If you have strain to pass your stools when they are soft, try nix Vomica Ignatia this may be helpful if you are having spasms of pain and diarrhoea after emotional upsets.

Traditional Treatment

All a doctor can do is to relief the symptoms because the cause is still a mystery. You doctor will suggest a more balanced and healthy diet for you. It may be your diet that causes it.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-23