Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – Ayurveda Melbourne

July 13, 2018
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Specialist Melbourne

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS and Ayurveda Management

By Dr Sajimon George BAMS, AAA, ATMS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a very common digestive disorder that plagues innumerable people around the world and can be treated with Ayurveda.

It is a very common gut condition and affects one in five people People in the age group of 25 to 45 are more prone to this disease.

Scientific research has established its link to stress and worry but the exact cause of the disease is still unknown. It is a disorder of the intestines causing abdominal pain, discomfort, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. This condition can usually be diagnosed when a person has the typical symptoms of this disorder and other causes have been ruled out by routine tests.

The wall of the intestine usually exhibits rhythmic contractions called the peristaltic movements, by which it facilitates the passage of the contents from one part to the next. In IBS, the walls of the intestines are sensitized to even mild stimulus which causes excess spasmodic contraction of the wall of intestines.

Specific foods like caffeine, spicy foods etc may initiate such response or at times just the presence of food in the intestines can trigger such response. Stress is an important causative factor. In some people this condition may start after an episode of intestinal infection.

Signs and Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Cramps in the abdominal region that ease with the passing of wind or motion.
  • Diarrhea and constipation are common among people affected by IBS.
  • The affected person often experiences incomplete evacuation.
  • Backaches, headaches and tiredness are also common symptoms of IBS.
  • There are often certain gynaecological and urinary syndromes during IBS.
  • The minor symptoms include bloating, anxiety, rapid transit of food through the gut, nausea, fatigue, bad breath etc.
  • Ayurveda characterizes the disease by the passage of stools alternated with constipation or diarrhea and with undigested food particles. This disease is also associated with thirst, distaste, blackouts, pedal edema, pain in the bone, fever, and vomiting.

Ayurvedic approach of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Grahani

In Ayurveda , functionally weak Agni or Digestive fire causes improper digestion of ingested food ,which leads to Ama dosha . Ama is the root cause of most of the diseases. It is well established that the circular and longitudinal muscles of the small bowel and sigmoid are highly susceptible to motor abnormalities. As a result, many factors can influence their contraction rates and lead to the excessive activity of their function which is at the basis of irritable bowel syndrome. Ayurveda management explore various root causes of excessive GI motility through the determination of the dosha

imbalance in the functioning modes of the body.

Prognosis of IBS (Grahani)

According to Ayurveda, IBS is curable in children, difficult to treat in middle age, and incurable in older patients..

Ayurvedic Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The digestive fire is greatly affected in this condition. Hence, the first step of treatment, as suggested by IBS specialists, is regulation of the digestive fire and elimination of the undigested toxins. The treatment for indigestion is done by fasting, administration of digestive and carminative formulations etc… When the toxins are profound, it first has to be eliminated through detoxitification. In Ayurveda, detoxification or removal of Ama is done through the Panchakarma therapies of Vamana (medicated emesis) and Virechana (medicated purgation).These procedures along with internal medicines give remarkable results in this condition. When IBS is stress induced, Shirodhara, is very useful. With the right diet and lifestyle and with regular practice of Yoga and Pranayama, one can effectively manage the disease.

Yogic Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Yogic Asanas and breathing techniques called “Pranayama” can also be used to reduce stress and improve intestinal function. Regular and mild exercises help to increase digestion.

Practicing Yoga regularly help to regulate the digestion and bowel movements Regular practice of yoga improves appetite, digestion, and regulates metabolism, and provides relief from this condition.

There are several Yogic poses that an IBS specialist suggests, like:

  • Shavasana (Corpse pose)
  • Matsyendrasana (Fish pose)
  • Halasana (Plough pose)
  • Pavanamuktasana (Wind relieving pose)
are very effective in fighting this disease. (Spinal Twist), Ardha Shalabhasana (Half locust pose) , Bhujangasana (Cobra pose), Backwards bends and Ushtrasana (Camel pose) are also useful.

Postures suitable to each patients need to be taught by physician.

Diet and Lifestyle for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Ayurveda emphasizes the use of Buttermilk (takra) for the treatment of IBS. The patient has to be kept on the diet of buttermilk, which is the treatment and nutrition in IBS. Buttermilk is digestive, astringent, and light to digest and helps in improving the consistency of the stool. Buttermilk is given along with asafoetida, cumin, and rock-salt powder to control the bowel movements. It contains a good amount of lactobacillus bacteria, which helps restore the normal flora of the intestines. Trikatu, a compound containing black pepper, long pepper, and ginger, is specific for low enzyme.

The diet should be always light and easily digestible.

  • Use of Ghee regularly is very good on chronic diseases of the digestive system.
  • Too much oily food has to be avoided.
  • Too much heavy, spicy, hot and salty food has bad impact over the digestive system.
  • Digestive and carminative spices like cumin, pepper, ginger, asafoetida etc should always be used in our diet.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Curd should not be taken regularly.
  • Food should be taken only after one feels hungry.
  • Sipping hot water at intervals helps in increasing digestion.
  • Avoid excessive cold beverages and food.
  • Foods which are old or refrigerated should not be consumed.
  • Avoid day sleep

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Disclaimer: In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.

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In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.


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