Irritable Bowel Syndrome

See also Amoebic Dysentery, Bowel and Colon, Candida, Coeliac disease, Colitis, Constipation, Crohn’s, Diarrhea, Giardia, and Parasites.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is often a diagnosis given when one of the above conditions of the intestinal tract are identified. It is the most common digestive disorder diagnosed by medical physicians. IBS occurs when the normal rhythmic muscular contraction of the digestive tract becomes irregular and uncoordinated. Symptoms include bloating and cramping, alternating constipation and diarrhea, and a mucus stool. Twice as many women as men present with IBS. Since most people with IBS don’t consult a health practitioner, it is hard to determine the actual number of people with this problem, but estimates suggest that 15% of the North American population suffer with some form of IBS. Many practitioners feel that there is an underlying emotional pattern associated with the syndrome.

Recommended Action

Often IBS is caused by food sensitivities, so look at the section Diet Plans to aid in determining your own food sensitivities or allergies. Fill in the Candida questionnaire, as yeast is a very common cause of this problem. Sometimes psychological counseling is recommended to help reduce or cope with stress. We usually start an IBS program with a 12 day D-Tox Diet, as long as the person doesn’t display diarrhea. Eating a diet higher in fiber is important with IBS. Chew your food slowly and thoroughly. Do not over eat. Drink plenty of steam distilled or reverse osmosis water. The spices ginger, coriander, turmeric and garlic have been found excellent to relieve some of the uncomfortable symptoms.

Fill in Flower Essence Questionnaire to determine underlying stresses.

Single Herbs: Alfalfa, Cascara Sagrada, Turkey Rhubarb, Chamomile, Ginger root, Peppermint oil (enteric-coated); Burdock root, Dandelion (cleansing blood and liver).

Combinations: Occasionally Senna and Ginger (3:1 ratio); Psyllax (acts as a bulking poultice for the intestinal tract); Chlorella (intestinal detoxifier and oxygenator), Fenugreek and Goldenseal.

Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin A (20,000 to 40,000 IU), B complex (1 tablet, twice daily), Calcium/Magnesium (2 tablets, twice daily), Vitamin C (500 mg, twice daily), Essential Fatty Acids, Pro-biotics (2 capsules, twice daily).