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- Apr 06 2017
Natural cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Today majority of the health issues faced by us are related to lifestyle. Lifestyle diseases are now a common threat, particularly, among those working in the IT sector. Although the majority of problems are due to work-related stress, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can also be classified as a lifestyle disorder and many these days are affected by this.
Each individual is different and so are the body characteristics, where some people have sensitive intestines. The food gets quickly digested and is not absorbed by the body. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional disorder of the small intestine, characterized by abdominal pain, discomfort, followed by altered bowel habits (hard or soft bowels). It is one of the commonly diagnosed functional disorders of the digestive system. This illness causes great distress to patients and life becomes miserable with fatigue. Apart from physical reasons, psychological factors and mental stress also cause IBS. Over a period of time, many people tend to lose weight.
Causes of IBS
The cause for IBS is denoted by the combination of several factors like heredity, enteric infections, the inflammatory action of the small intestine, altered food habits, stress, depression, anxiety, all of which play a major role in causing this disease.
Ayurveda classifies various reasons such as fasting, excessive food intake, cold food intake, heavy food intake, dry and junk food, suppression of urges, improper sleep habits, anger, grief, fear, low digestion strength, travel, change in season, all being contributory factors to this disease.
Symptoms of IBS
General symptoms of this illness may be isolated or a combination of these – nausea, lack of appetite, delayed digestion, burning sensation, bloating, distention of abdomen, excessive thirst, fatigue, giddiness, gurgling sound in the stomach. One of the cardinal features of IBS is occasional hard and soft stools.
Diet and lifestyle habits
- Ayurveda recommends regular intake of buttermilk, cumin seeds, pomegranate, easy to digest foods, proper sleep, moderate exercise, and fiber-rich diet to relieve symptoms.
- In simple words, go easy on your intestines. Minimise fried foods, meats, oil, dairy foods and other fatty foods, as they cause the colon to contract violently, which can lead to abdominal pain and diarrhea.
- Do not eat spicy foods, as they trigger spasms in your intestines leading to diarrhea.
- Quit smoking.
- Have soluble fibre, and foods like beans, oatmeal, apples, strawberries and grapes. Drink 2 litres of water a day. Ginger intake is good.
- Ayurveda recommends treatments like ‘Shirodhara’ and ‘Pranayama’. In fact, regular pranayama practice is very beneficial in such cases, apart from maintaining regular sleep cycle, moderate exercise, yoga, stress management techniques etc.
- It’s also recommended to use herbs such as Dhataki, Lodhra, Chavya, Daruharidra, Shalmali, Lajjalu, Musta, Bilva, Kutaja, Amalaki, coriander water, aloe vera juice, and Guduchi.
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