Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is primarily a gastrointestinal disorder, which is often characterised by stomach pain and often cramps as well.
There is no specific organic cause for this disease and the diagnosis of the same has to be done on the basis of the symptoms.
Mainly, in this disease; the bowel movement of a person is irregular and intends to alter significantly. In few cases, people may experience alternate diarrhoea and constipation as well.
The symptoms of IBS can differ from one person to another. Here are some of the commonly shown symptoms among people who are suffering from this gastrointestinal disorder.
There can be a lot of other secondary symptoms as well. Some of which may include disturbance in sleep pattern and even spotting of blood in stools. Sometimes stools can take up a black colour too.
As per the principles of ayurveda, the problem of IBS arises because of the malfunctioning of the digestive tract. When the digestive fire also known as Agni is impacted because of lifestyle factors or other reasons, it impacts the process of digestion.
There are three doshas or body humours Vata, Pitta and Kapha that aid in smooth digestion. One of them with Digestive fire (agni) is responsible for breaking the larger food particles into smaller ones. The second dosha acts like the mucosa layer, which lines the stomach. Further, the third dosha also aids in moving the nutrients across the walls of the small intestine. When there is an imbalance in either of these doshas in mind and body, it impacts both. so IBS can sometimes originate from stress and then sometime lead to stess. So, looking after person's mental health can also be an integral part of treatment of IBS.
As per ayurvedic details, IBS or Irritable bowel syndrome occurs when any of these doshas get impacted and they fail to carry out the regular functioning.
Every person has his own unique body type and an ayurvedic consultation can help the ayurvedic practitioners to decide which herbs are best suitable to one that may have been used in ayurveda for centuries.
Following herbs have been used traditionally in ayurveda for treating IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Following are some of the herbs, which can be used for treating IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Bilva (Aegle marmelos):
Dried Bilva in its immature form is used for treating IBS. The tannin contained in it acts like an astringent that helps in regulating the bowel movements. Owing to its astringency properties, it prevents the downward flow of vata. The high mucus, which is generated because of aggravations of kapha, is dried with the use of bilva.
Vacha (Acorus calamus):
It is one of the most important ayurveda herbs that are also mentioned in the ayurvedic texts. It finds its use even in treating problems of central nervous system as well. It may offer immediate relief from stomach related problems. Half teaspoon of vacha powder mixed with one teaspoon of honey may help in clearing the digestive tracts and offer relief from cramps and pain as well.
It is one of those ayurveda herbs that offers multiple benefits. It helps to enhance the mucosal digestion and thereby comes in handy in treatment of IBS. Dried mulethi root powder taken with a cup of water can help treating lot of stomach related problems.
Giloe (Tinospora cordifolia):
It is versatile ayurvedic herb, which has a lot to offer. It has liver protection properties and also possess anti bacterial properties as well.
Basti is part of panchkarma detox therapy and helps to stabalise vata humour. It aims to cleanse the toxins and help get relief from stomach disorders, it also helps in rejuvenation of the body in general.
Virechan is also called as the ayurvedic purgation therapy. The main aim of this ayurvedic treatment is to alleviate the pitta toxins, which tend to accumulate both in liver and gall bladder.
Some of the best asanas or postures, which may help with digestive disorders are:
If you wish to enquire more information on IBS Ayurvedic Natural Treatment in Melbourne, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.
Dr Gurnam Saini (Ayurvedic Doctor)
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MD in Alternative Medicine from India
Certificate in Ayurveda Panchkarma Detox form India
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Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Melbourne
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