Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBS for short is a functional bowel disorder that can turn out to be quite painful for the person who suffers from it. The main symptoms of IBS are discomfort, persistent abdominal pain, and the change in bowel habits IBS may also cause diarrhea and constipation. There are several reasons that a person might suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. One might experience IBS after a particularly hectic or stressful even in life, or even because of maturity. IBS is not known to lead to any other serious illnesses or diseases for humans. However, because of the symptoms like diarrhea and constipation, a person might experience discomfort, pain, fatigue and also their social life may come to a standstill.
Medical science is still struggling to find out a mainstream treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. However, one can relieve the symptoms of IBS with the treatments that are available. Recently, there have been some natural treatments for IBS.
Changing diets, adding beneficial foods to them and even psychotherapy have been considered to have some considerable positive effects on IBS patients. Because some medical studies are of the thought that IBS is caused due to a disconnection between the mind of a person and the gut feeling in a person, it is thought that psychological therapies might help with the symptoms. Because most think that psychology plays a important role in IBS, some might even use hypnosis and other types of mental therapy to cure IBS. However, this is not suggested for people who have mental issues, or are not as strong minded as a person undergoing mental treatments would be.
Some research is of the thought that probiotics are beneficial to people suffering from IBS. The recommended dosage is ten billion to hundred billion. The various probiotics that have been found to be beneficial are Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifid bacteria infantis etc.
The various herbal remedies for IBS that have been known to have positive effects are peppermint oil, iberogast, and partially hydrolyzed Guar gum. Peppermint oil is one of the most commonly used remedies. Research has shown that this may reduce the bloating as well as reduce the pain in the abdomen. Peppermint is also used to do away with the excessive gas in the intestines. However, one should use peppermint oil only with the knowledge of a doctor, as taking it in excessive doses may lead to some serious issues like heart issues, kidney failure and even death. Also, pregnant and nursing women should not take peppermint oil, as well as people who are undergoing or have undergone a recent transplant.
Another ingredient that is being used nowadays is Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum, which is a non gelling fiber that helps in decreasing the constipation and is considered to be a relieving agent for diarrhea, and the abdominal pain. Various studies have shown that Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum, better known as PHGG has had positive effects on people suffering from IBS.