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Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)

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Definition

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common digestive disorder that plagues innumerable people around the world. Scientific research has linked it to stress and worry but as yet the exact cause of the disease is unknown.

Causes

IBS can be caused by one or many of the following reasons:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Infective diarrhea
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol, caffeine or carbonated beverages
  • Continued intolerance to lactose and/or gluten

Symptoms

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include abdominal pain and bloating, chronic constipation and/or diarrhea, nausea, anorexia, headache and tiredness.

Ayurvedic View

Ayurveda describes many different digestive disorders that would fit into the category of IBS. Any of the body energies may be aggravated and toxins are usually present in such cases. Ayurvedic treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome involves alleviating the aggravated body energies, restoring the function of the digestive system and the elimination of accumulated toxins. As stress is often a significant cause of this disorder, an important line of treatment consists of lifestyle guidance and herbs to nourish the mind and nervous system.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fruit juices should be consumed to reduce the amount of inflammation in the lining of the stomach.
  • Avoid consumption of caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages.
  • If gas is a problem for you, you might want to avoid foods that tend to make gas worse, including beans, cabbage and citrus fruits.

Some Home Remedies

  • Drink ginger tea or chew raw ginger to reduce inflammation caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Prepare tea by boiling one teaspoon of flaxseed in a cup of water. Drink it at night.
  • Take one teaspoon of Psyllium Husks (Isabgol) with half cup of fresh yogurt one hour after dinner.
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