Herbal Medicines For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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					Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is also known as irritable or spastic
colon, and there is no real understanding of why it exists, although it
seems to occur when the muscles that line the walls of the intestines and
the colon, go into spasm. The muscles contract for no apparent reason,
causing pain and diarrhea alternating with constipation. Other symptoms
include a cramping pain in the abdomen, swelling, general malaise and
lethargy, back pain, and often, excessive wind. Symptoms can subside and
even disappear for long periods of time, but many sufferers continue to
experience symptoms recurrently throughout their lives. It is a chronic,
irritating, and uncomfortable condition, but it is not life-threatening
and the symptoms can be reduced in many cases by proper treatment.
It is estimated that about 30 percent of people in the West has suffered
from IBS at some stage, and 13 percent of those do so regularly.

  IBS appears to be brought on and exacerbated by anxiety, stress, and
nervous problems. Symptoms often appear worse during menstruation. Other
causal factors include food intolerance.      Orthodox medical treatment
has been largely unsuccessful in the treatment of IBS. Antispasmodic
drugs are often recommended but in many cases they are ineffective. The
best way of controlling the condition is by reducing and learning to cope
with stress, and by eating a diet that does not exacerbate the condition.
Treatment      Diet and Nutrition Research shows that eating more fiber,
in the form of oats, dried beans, peas, fresh fruit and vegetables, can
greatly reduce the symptoms of IBS, but improvement may take months
rather than weeks. Also, bear in mind that wheat bran, often prescribed
as the standard treatment for IBS, can actually make the condition worse
for some sufferers. Eat plenty of natural, unsweetened live yogurt or
take daily supplements of Lactobacillus acidophilus to boost the levels
of healthy bacteria in the digestive system.      Different food
combinations can cause IBS symptoms in different individuals: keep a
detailed record of everything you eat and drink, and of all bowel
movements and their consistency.      Consult a qualified
practitioner/therapist for:      Counseling and Hypnotherapy Both have
been shown to be very effective in reducing the symptoms. Hypnotherapy
has a particularly good record.      Massage, Relaxation Techniques
(Including Yoga, Meditation, and Biofeedback) All these therapies are
beneficial. Herbal Medicine A soothing tea of camomile, peppermint, and
fennel is recommended. Herbalists may prescribe cramp bark, golden seal,
wild yam, and licorice.      Aromatherapy      Essential oils of
peppermint or sassafras help relaxation and reduce painful spasms.
Acupuncture This can be beneficial in helping to relieve IBS.      Read
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