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Irritable Bowel Syndrome and it’s unimaginable suffering

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects about 10% of the adult population of which about 70% are women. It is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. The wall of the intestine exhibits rhythmic contractions called the peristaltic movements, which, as a result, help move the contents of the tract. In IBS, due to the walls of the intestine becoming sensitised to even the mildest stimulus they then cause excess cramps. The intestines and the brain have the common embryonic origin.

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A Dual Source of Suffering

Furthermore, the neurotransmitter Serotonin is secreted by both our brain and intestine. In fact, our intestines secrete more Serotonin than our brain. Some research suggests that because Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients who suffer mainly from diarrhoea may, as a result, have highly increased serotonin levels in the gut. Hence while those with constipation-predominant IBS, in contrast, have decreased amounts. IBS sufferers, also suffer depression, have negative thoughts, irritability and anxiety. Stress and IBS quite often, as a result, go hand in hand.

What causes IBS inside us?

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First of all, the cause of IBS is not well understood. As a result, a combination of physical and mental health is blamed. IBS is more common in people who have a strong family history of GI problems. You can establish this through testing. Consequently foods rich in carbohydrates, spicy or fatty foods, coffee, and alcohol could all trigger the symptoms of IBS in your body. You would need to make that choice.

IBS Testing In Conventional Medicine

You could undergo various Irritable Bowel Syndrome tests. Therefore, if you are strong and energised enough, you could certainly take the tests. There are approximately five tests you could choose from in the series. You could make a selection or you could undergo all of them. You would have a flexible sigmoidoscopy, a stool test and a colonoscopy. Or you’d have a lower GI test, and finally, you would take a lactose intolerance test. Most noteworthy is the fact that despite you undertaking any of these tests, they may not yield any results. As a result, not everyone does the testing.

Did You Know There Is No Satisfactory Cure For IBS in Modern Medicine?

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Provided Above is a Small Listing Of Some Home Treatments With Their Roots In Ayurveda 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment in Ayurveda

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In Ayurveda, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is called GRAHANI DOSHA, which indicates the pathological state of function and integrity of the intestinal tract (mostly small intestine), known as GRAHANI. It is considered as one among the eight MAHA GADHAS  (Diseases, which are difficult to treat)

Grahani is the part of Maha Srotas (Alimentary Tract) which is the seat of digestive fire (Agni) and holds the food until it is digested and then releases it. Charaka Samhita describes that imbalance in the Agni is the root cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This incorrect digestive fire causes accumulation of Ama or toxin and weakens the digestive system.

Imbalance in any one or more of the doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha could affect the Agni and trigger the complex Grahani Dosha.

Thankfully, though difficult to treat with Ayurveda, our cases of Ayurveda treatments for IBS have proved highly successful. With our patients finding relief after suffering the agony of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, some for years, it truly is amazing what Ayurveda achieves.


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