Surprising Natural Remedies For IBS

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Many people suffer from the common intestinal disorder Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Symptoms of IBS can include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas and stomach cramping.  It can be a chronic condition in which it seems there is no real relief in sight.  The fact is, there are some surprising natural remedies for IBS that you probably never thought of.  These treatments can help reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of IBS without the sometimes harsh side effects of drugs.

  • Stress Reduction

Some people are surprised to learn that IBS has been highly linked to stress.  There is a proven  link between the brain and the intestines. Whatever helps to relieve stress in your daily life can also help to relieve the symptoms of IBS.  Some people practice meditation to reduce stress.  Regular exercise, such as yoga or aerobics can also help to reduce stress. Breathing exercises can also work wonders. Getting enough sleep is also very important in stress reduction. Reducing stress can also be as simple as learning how to relax.  

  • Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been proven to help with symptoms of IBS.  Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine procedure in which thin needles are inserted into the skin to stimulate certain points on the body to relieve a variety of symptoms.  It is believed that stimulating these points can promote the flow of energy and allow the body to use its natural healing capabilities.  During an acupuncture session for treatment of IBS the needles will be placed in a specific place on the body which corresponds to the abdominal and bowel area.  Keep in mind that acupuncture treatment should always be performed by a qualified, certified practitioner.

  • Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil has been proven to be very effective in relieving the symptoms of IBS.  Peppermint naturally suppresses muscle spasms in the intestines.  It is recommended to use enteric coated peppermint oil capsules for the best results.  These are usually well tolerated by most people. If you seem to get flare-ups after eating, it is suggested that taking peppermint oil capsules 15 to 30 minutes before eating can help with preventing symptoms.

Try these natural remedies for relief of your IBS symptoms.  You may find that they work just as well, if not better than prescription or over the counter drugs, without the side effects.  In addition, incorporating these remedies, especially stress reduction, into your daily routine can lead to lasting results.Consult with a doctor, like Naugatuck Valley Gastroenterology Consultants LLC, for more help.