Five Herbs to Manage IBS Symptoms
The typical symptoms of IBS are
pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea or constipation. Other symptoms can
include mucus in your stool and pain relief after a bowel movement. You might
also have the sensation of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement. IBS
symptoms occur when muscles in your large intestine contract more quickly or
more slowly than normal.
Diet and lifestyle changes
may reduce the symptoms associated with IBS.
Chamomile: This herb is known for its calming effect on smooth
muscle tissue, making it an effective remedy for gastrointestinal spasms and menstrual
cramps, as well as GI tension resulting from stress. Chamomile is also
used for indigestion and gas. It is effective in alleviating the bowel
cramps connected to the condition, as stated by University of Maryland
Medical Center. Steep chamomile tea, dispense boiling water on top of two to
three tablespoons of desiccated chamomile and let the tea steep for 10 to 15
minutes. Taking three to four cups of chamomile tea daily amid meals might
give certain respite from IBS indications.
relieves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. One research shows that
peppermint acts through a specific anti-pain channel called TRPM8 to reduce
pain sensing fibres, particularly those activated by mustard and chilli.
This is potentially the first step in determining a new type of mainstream
clinical treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). According to the
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the
National Institutes of Health, peppermint oil is best when consumed in
coated-capsule form, which reduces the likelihood of heartburn.
It’s considered safe when used in small doses, with common side effects
generally limited to nausea and allergic reactions. But excessive doses of
peppermint oil may cause kidney problems. Tea steeped from peppermint leaves
might also relieves symptoms. To steep peppermint tea, brew one teaspoon of
desiccated leaves for 10 minutes and then drain and cool the tea prior
ingesting. Four to five cups of tea amid meals might pacify spasms and
alleviate gas, notices UMMC. If you have gastro-esophageal reflux disease,
or GERD, peppermint tea or further formulations might aggravate your
dyspepsia or indigestion.
Fennel: This herb is traditionally used for ‘wind’ as it relaxes
the stomach and eases cramps. It also has anti-inflammatory effects. The
primary volatile oils in fennel are anethole, fenchone, and estragole. The
higher the volatile oil content of the fennel, the more effective fennel tea
will be for IBS symptoms. In addition, fennel acts as an antispasmodic by
relaxing the smooth muscle lining of your digestive tract.
Aniseed: The seeds have a very sweet, pronounced licorice taste
and contain a volatile oil, anethol, that aids in the digestion of
rich foods and settles the stomach. Anise stimulates gastric juice
production, relieves nausea, and is helpful for colic. It regulates
digestion, making it useful for both constipation and diarrhea. It can be
easily brewed into tea. Lightly crushing the seeds before brewing them with
hot water will increase their strength. Whole anise seeds can also be
Ginger: Fresh ginger contains serotonin antagonists that both
improve gastric mobility and have an antispasmodic effect on the intestines,
which may indicate ginger can offer relief from IBS by relaxing the
intestines during an attack.
There is no cure for IBS, but with a proper diet and some help from your doctor,
symptoms can be made more manageable.
Dated 12 April 2014