Understanding IBS: How to Make IBS Better Without the Use of Prescription Drugs



Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or know of some who does?

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, there are an estimated 12 percent of American adults suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome–commonly known as IBS.

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a chronic disorder that affects the large intestine. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not a serious disease. However, it does dramatically affect an individual’s daily life.

The symptoms range from abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, cramping, and some even experience regular diarrhea. Most doctors are suggesting this a psychometric disease (meaning it is all in the patient’s head), while other doctors are recommending  their IBS patients to take Metamucil or prescribe anti-spasm drugs, and even antidepressants. They simply do not look deep enough to see if there could be another cause for these troubling health issues.

There is emerging research showing that there are underlining causes that are not allowing the digestion system to work correctly. So by taking the time to work on those issues, it could restore and align the body to heal patients Irritable Bowel Syndrome without prescription drugs.

Here are some of the complementary approaches that have shown to be effective in relieving in some cases, while healing in others suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Probiotics: In a paper by the American College of Gastroenterology, probiotics were shown to improve symptoms individuals were experiencing from IBS. However, keep in mind that because each person is a bio-individual, they will each receive different results from taking probiotics.

Acupuncture: A clinical trial was conducted back in 2009, which consisted of 230 individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The trial revealed that those who received acupuncture showed improvements in their symptoms over those who received no acupuncture.

Yoga: The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) conducted a small study back in 2014 with young adults ranging from 18 to 26 years of age. These individuals took part in a series of yoga classes and reported beginning to feel less pain, nausea, and constipation. After two months, there was a follow-up appointment with the young adults and it was concluded that they were still experiencing fewer symptoms of IBS due to the regular practice of yoga.

Even though the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has also done some trials on mindfulness meditation training, reflexology and relaxation training, the pieces of evidence are limited. There is also evidence that shows a whole foods diet without gluten could assist in experiencing fewer symptoms in some cases while others have found healing from IBS.

There is still a great deal we need to learn about Irritable Bowel Syndrome to assist those suffering from it. If you are one of those who suffer from IBS, staying informed and making small changes to your daily life could be the answer to your healing.

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