Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS affects normal functions of the colon adversely. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a major bowel disorder that affects about 20% of Americans. While medical treatment is available to relieve the symptoms of IBS, any people with IBS turn to natural remedies to help relieve their symptoms. Several natural remedies are available to alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
The following are some of the natural remedies to help alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):
- Hypnotherapy (hypnosis): Hypnotherapy refers to the power of suggestion by a trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist during a state of deep relaxation. Hypnotherapy is widely used to help alleviate symptoms of IBS. Several research studies have shown that hypnotherapy helps in long-term improvement of IBS symptoms.
- Probiotics: Probiotics are live bacteria that are similar to bacteria normally found in our digestive tract. Consumption of some probiotics, such as Bofodpbacterois and Lactobacillus, helps relieve abdominal pain, bloating, and gas; all symptoms of IBS.
- Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil is commonly used to treat IBS. Peppermint oil has a beneficial effect on gut motility and also relaxes muscles of the gut. This reduces muscle spasms, which contribute to abdominal pain. American College of Gastroenterology has approved the use of peppermint oil for reducing abdominal pain.
- Slippery Elm:Native Americans have used slippery elm since long as a remedy for a variety of health conditions. Slippery elm calms bowel irritation by coating the lining of the intestinal system. It adds bulk to the stool and softens the stool to help relieve constipation.
- Artichoke Leaf Extract:Artichoke leaf extract helps normalize bowel movements. It normalizes bowel movements by relieving both diarrhea and constipation due to the beneficial effect of an antispasmodic compound called “cynaropicrin”, which it contains.
This article is intended to inform and educate readers about natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome. The responsibility of making a choice in consultation with a doctor lies with the reader and not with this website.