Bloating, belching, abdominal pain, stomach issues, constipation, diarrhea, these are the common symptoms you’re probably dealing with on a daily basis if you’re suffering from IBS.
Natural remedies and alternative techniques can often help alleviate the pain, but you will need to be patient as none of those remedies will work within a day or two.
On the contrary, prescription medicines will usually give you relief within an hour or two but they might have side effects.
“So what should I do?”, will you probably ask.
We tend to think that natural remedies and prescription medicines should work hand in hand.
As the causes of IBS are not completely clear and as each IBS is specific to each individual, there is unfortunately no miracle cure or remedy. Therefore, you should definitely try different options and decide for yourself what works best for you.
In any case, we advise you to speak with your doctor to make sure that any of these natural remedies or alternative techniques will not interact with medications you might be taking or cause problems due to an underlying medical condition.
We have listed for you some effective natural remedies and alternative methods that could help you ease the pain.
1 – Yoga, Meditation & Exercise:
Yes! Moving your body, stretching, breathing and meditating will definitely help you to release some tensions and stuck emotions stored in your guts (fear, anger, grief, resentment…).
We know by now that there is a connection between the brain and the gut and it’s called the “gut-brain axis”. This term illustrates the communication network that connects your gut and
Yoga has been practiced in the East for thousands of years and the benefits from practicing yoga are clearly evident.
Before becoming a trend, yoga was developed to help people to become more in-touch with their body, with their soul, with their feelings and with their senses.
Practicing yoga will help you develop a positive feeling about yourself, it will calm your nervous system, it will connect both hemispheres of your brain, it will help you to be more grounded and so much more benefits!
Another very powerful discipline of yoga practice is called Pranayama (breath control).
With the help of different series of breathing exercises, you will become the master of your breath and the master of your life.
We are breathing naturally because we are designed like that but when you understand how powerful conscious breathing is, you will realize that there’s not much you cannot overcome.
2 – Acupuncture:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases.
It is based on the belief that the Qi or Chi (the body’s vital energy) flows along meridians (channels) in the body and keeps one’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health in balance
In TCM, diseases are believed to be caused by the pathogenic factors of dampness and heat, either external (such as weather) or internal (such as internal injury from improper food for example).
In regards to IBS, TCM uses acupuncture (inserting thin needles) to remove dampness and heat from within the system by selecting certain acupuncture points along the meridians of the stomach and large intestine, most of which are located along the lateral side of the legs and arms.
Acupuncture has been proven effective for thousands of years to help with a wide range of diseases and to help restore balance in the body and the mind.
3 – Essential Oils:
An essential oil is a natural product extracted from a single plant species.
Not all plants can produce essential oils but in the plants that do, the essential oil will be found in the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or fruits. Essential oils are usually extracted by distillation, often by using steam.
People around the world have been using essential oils for centuries and they can be excellent allies for those who suffer from IBS.
The best way to use essential oils for IBS symptoms is by massaging your belly, your stomach and your pelvic area with gentle and circular movements.
You should always mix the essential oil of your choice with a “carrier oil”, such as almond oil, coconut oil or hemp oil.
Here are the most common oils that you can use to help and support you during a crisis:
- Peppermint: abdominal pain and to ease abdominal spasms.
- Ginger: gas relief.
- Lavender: digestion & constipation.
- Fennel: constipation.
- Lemon: heartburn.
- Oregano: antibacterial properties.
Make sure you are buying good quality essential oils.
If you’re pregnant always consult with your doctor before using any essential oils at all.
4 – Herbs:
When it comes to IBS symptoms relief, herbs can be of a great help.
Like other natural remedies, consult with your doctor before using them.
The herbs below are the most popular amongst people who suffer from IBS:
- Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil helps to relax the muscles of the gut to improve motility (the passage of food through the gut). The American College of Gastroenterology approved peppermint oil for its effectiveness on treating IBS symptoms.
- Slippery elm: This plant has been used for years by Native Americans as a remedy for diverse health conditions. In terms of digestive health, slippery elm is thought to calm irritation by coating the lining of the intestinal system.
- Ginger: Reduce gas and bloating. The active ingredient, gingerol, has antibacterial, antiemetic, and sedative properties that may reduce pain and restore gut function.