What is IBS?
Today it comes without saying that everyday a lot of people suffer with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). However they tend to ignore it or avoid discussing it with others, the main reason is they feel shy and do not want to discuss topics like constipation, diarrhea or gas. The cultural taboo when it comes to diseases like these result in several fake alternative therapies exploiting the patients. Beyond a certain point this disease also creates a psychological problem. Not a day would pass without worrying about enjoying a good meal with friends or going to a social event. In addition to the digestive problem the fear factor can change the patient completely. There is a strong misconception that consuming antibiotics will do the trick, but the truth is antibiotics can do more harm than good. The antibiotics will end up killing all the intestinal bacteria that are good and aids in digestion and nutrition. The only source of vitamin B12 for vegetarians and vegans is through the bacteria in the intestine which creates this vitamin. These bacteria also aid in better digestion and assimilation of food in our intestine. One should avoid long term usage of antibiotics.
The specific cause of IBS is not known, so creating a drug to address the source of the disease is not possible. This makes the drugs currently used to become ineffective. The best method to treat IBS is to address the issue holistically. Instead of focusing on suppressing the symptoms it is important to cure the disease. The imbalance created in the body should be addressed. This can be done through a number of natural treatments like dietary change, supplements, herbal treatment, yoga and muscle relaxation techniques.
IBS Alternative Treatment:
In Ayurveda, diet and lifestyle are the most important things in curing IBS. To start with one should focus on Dietary Changes – wrong food will trigger IBS symptoms, so it is necessary to determine the foods that trigger the problem. Good Sattvik food (based on yogic life) will cure the disease and the disease will not recur. However in a hectic lifestyle sticking to Sattvik diet is a bit difficult, so going for a food journal can really help.
The second step is to change the lifestyle – There is a strong correlation between IBS and issues like depression and stress. Stress is something that affects the entire body and is one of the triggering factors of IBS. IBS will in turn result in stress, and this will take a patient in a negative spiral. So Yoga and meditation should be incorporated in the daily routine.
Ayurvedic lifestyle and dietetics along with herbs like dry ginger (Zinziber Officinale) and Musta (Cyprus rotundus) are excellent medicine for IBS. The have anti-spasmodic effect and will improve digestion and relieve constipation.
Chinese Medicine recommends Tiger Lily. One can consume every part of the tiger lily. This is readily available in most Asian stores and can be taken along with soups. Though it is not as effective as Ayurvedic medicine they add good flavor to your soups.