Many doctors believe that
stress is a major factor for getting irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). They
recommend the use of breathing and calming exercises to relieve the
pain. Mediation and yoga are
also recommended to relieve stress.
Get a lot of exercise to relieve colon problems, including IBS. Your colon contains many muscles, and by moving your body in various ways while exercising, you're also moving those internal muscles too. Moving the colon around during exercise can also help if there are blockages causing problems.
There are several herbal approaches to dealing with IBS too however, and these tend to focus more on healing the internal problems rather than just managing the symptoms. Like most colon related illnesses, herbal specialists feel cleansing the colon should be one of the primary steps towards obtaining relief.
Cleansing can be done with enemas, colonic flushing and irrigation, herbal laxatives, herbs which act as brooms to "scrub" the colon, and changes in dietary habits.
There are several herbs which can help balance the colon, aid it in healing, and help it to start functioning more normally. Here we'll look at several.
Slippery Elm is an herb used to assist with diarrhea. It normalizes the stools and soothes, coats and heals the entire digestive tract. Slippery Elm should be taken with lots of water.
Alfalfa or Chlorophyll are colon scrubbing herbs, which can help immensely with constipation problems. These also neutralize gas in the stomach and colon.
Cascara Sagrada is one of the strongest herbal laxatives. It promotes activity in the bowel muscles, so this could cause a bit of cramping, but it's not an irritant or a purgative.
Peppermint is an herb that works wonderfully for gas, bloating and stomach pains caused by indigestion. This herb will cause the gas to pass out of your body.
Garlic will also help expel gas from your system, and it has the added benefit of being able to help your colon rid itself of mucus and parasites which could be causing some of the IBS problems. Additionally garlic is an infection fighting herb, so if there are harmful bacteria in your colon causing the IBS, the garlic can help rid your body of them.
Note: Some statements in this
article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational
purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.