In this fast paced lifestyle Irritable Bowel syndrome can be a life changing disturbance. Though it’s not life threatening, the potential incurability makes a person’s life miserable. The stress of not feeling in control, of not being able to do anything about it, can lead to worsening of symptoms. So, it can become a never ending miserable cycle.
Sometimes people try mainstream medicine to get relief from the symptoms of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This may or may not work, but it definitely does not get at the root of the problem. Failing symptom reduction in this manner, some prefer to go for alternate medicines or remedies and use only natural organic ways or Chinese traditional methods of treatment to try to find the elusive cure. The problem is that many “Alternative” remedies are a sham and do not help. So, where to go and what to do?
Some integrative natural remedies for consideration:
1) Acupuncture – This therapy is based on the life force and is known as Qi (comes from chi of Chinese). It is believed that the imbalance in a person’s Qi can result in various symptoms and diseases. Acupuncturists try to remove this imbalance with the help of thin needles especially used for this purpose. The needles will stimulate the pressure points of the body, thereby energizing life force and thus Qi become more balanced. Whether or not you believe in life forces, we know that acupuncture works for many conditions including pain and nausea and this has been documented even in mainstream peer reviewed medical journals.
Acupuncture also aid to relieve stress and relax yourself and reduce pain, and the procedure itself is quite painless. The needles used for acupuncture are too small and never cause any pain. Acupressure was developed as a related technique for those scared of needles. In addition you can learn some of the basic moves and pressure points and do some of this at home whenever symptoms strike.
2) Ayurvedic/Herbal Remedy
Certain kinds of herbs are very useful in recovering from the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
The two main kind of medicinal herb delivery systems used for treatment are:
1) Teas -all the medicinal herbs can be immersed in hot water to create a drinkable extract essence. The process by which the herbs get immersed in the hot water delivers certain enzymes and also ingredients which are nutritious and that are needed to improve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Thus whenever a patient drinks tea they can be sure that the essence of the extracts is going into their stomach and through the intestine. Different types of herbs are used in the formation of the tea which could also give the desired results and can be used as a flavor also. Mostly they exert a calmative effect on the intestine. Remember to avoid caffeine which is present in basic green, white and black teas.
b) Medicinal Supplements/Capsules – Essential ingredients of medicine or herbs can be encapsulated for another way to deliver them through the intestine.
Types of herbs to consider for IBS symptom alleviation include: Peppermint and Ginger.
3) Hypnotism & Biofeedback-The mental state is VERY much connected and affects your intestine. Therefore, stress is a major factor in IBS. Since most of us cannot wish stress away, one can control its effects. Hypnotism is one way that you can do this. Biofeedback is another. This is a very complex topic and requires more in-depth background and technique to be effective.