Home Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is an abnormal function of the muscles or nerves that control the large intestine or colon. The symptoms of this disorder are called IBS and usually irritate the digestive system. Home treatment can be quite effective with an appropriate diet and home remedies.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The obvious symptoms of IBS are bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and constipation. If a change in stool consistency or frequency of bowel movements occurs than IBS may be the cause. WebMD suggest that managing stress can be helpful in preventing IBS. Exercise, yoga, acupuncture, reiki and other types of healing may help reduce tension. Alternatively seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist can be beneficial for some sufferers.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and often occur after meals. Chew food well and avoid eating too fast and very large meals as it can overload the digestive system.

Diet Tips for Healthy Digestion

Certain foods may trigger symptoms for some individuals and recording the diet to identify what foods might be triggering an attack can be helpful. Increasing the dietary fiber can help treat constipation. It is recommended to have a regular eating routine; probiotics can be helpful to soothe the stomach. Foods to avoid include:

  • Cold drinks with food;
  • Overcooked meat and refined starches;
  • Fatty foods;
  • Gas-producing foods such as broccoli and cabbage;
  • Foods that have laxative effects such as chewing gum; and
  • Stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine.

If diarrhea is a problem then small, frequent meals is advised. However with constipation- large amounts of high-fiber foods can help move food through the intestines.

Home Remedies to Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Often avoiding IBS triggers is not enough and the following home treatments can aid relieving the painful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome:

  • Peppermint effectively treats excess gas and bloating.
  • Ajwain seeds are antiseptic and can relieve spasms.
  • Fennel seeds absorb excess fluids from the colon and so are beneficial for diarrhea.
  • Ginger is extremely effective for nausea and also speeds up digestion.
  • An herbal tea containing lemon, salt and pepper quickly treats nausea.

Soluble fiber such as psyllium seed or ispaghula husk dissolved in water can help alleviate IBS symptoms. These agents facilitates easier passage of stools and so work well for constipation.

Currently there is no cure for IBS but a good diet and stress management can keep symptoms under control. Use the above natural home remedies to soothe an irritable bowel and aid healthy digestion.

Disclaimer

The information given in this article is for educational purpose only so that patients are aware of the options available. No diagnosis should be made or treatment undertaken without first consulting your doctor. If you do so, the author or Suite101 will not be responsible for any consequences.

Sources:

WebMD.com. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Home Treatment (Accessed March 3, 2011).