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Home remedies that will help you treat irritable bowel syndrome

Home remedies that will help you treat irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is associated with constant abdominal cramping, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. The international foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder, says that IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. But, new research reveals that certain home remedies will help you treat irritable bowel syndrome once and for all.


Home remedies will help treat irritable bowel syndrome

It is important to treat irritable bowel syndrome as naturally as possible in order to not overload the organs, which are already affected by IBS. So, all the foods and herbal remedies taken, need to have medicinal capabilities of tackling the stomach to aid with digestion and also the capability of maintaining intestines health, which are the organs of the body mostly affected by IBS.

Curcumin and Fennel

A 30 days research on 121 patients with mild-to-moderate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, consisted in giving IBS patients two capsules daily of Curcuma longa (42 mg) and Foeniculum vulgare Miller Oil (17.5 mg). Researchers observed that CU-FEO was not only safe, but well-tolerated and induced symptom relief in patients with IBS;

This may be because curcumin has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-proliferative and anti-microbial activities, and
the essential oils found in fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) stimulate secretion of digestive and gastric juices while also reducing inflammation in the stomach and intestinal tract and enhancing absorption of nutrients.Fennel also is helpful in managing constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, and indigestion. Several components of fennel’s essential oil, including anetol and cineole, have antibacterial and disinfectant properties. You can chew on fennel seeds after eating or try fennel tea, powders, or capsules.

Peppermint extract or oil

The way peppermint can treat irritable bowel syndrome is by acting through a specific anti-pain channel called TRPM8 to reduce pain sensing fibres, particularly those activated by mustard and chilli.

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The use of peppermint extracts has been studied in a number of clinical trials which evaluated the administration of enteric coated peppermint oil capsules to IBS patients.

Chamomile tea

This herb has been used for centuries for many conditions, and it is especially helpful in dispelling gas, soothing the stomach, and relaxing the muscles that move food through the intestine.


A study showed that probiotics have a moderate therapeutic benefit in improving IBS symptoms and also reduced the pain of IBS and this was statistically significant; there was also a significant reduction in flatulence and a trend towards reduction in bloating.

Foods to avoid

A paper on how to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome in emphasizes on using a food and beverage intolerance and avoidance diet. Some of these foods and beverages are:

Milk and milk containing products; caffeine containing products; alcoholic beverages and fruit juices; ondiments; fried foods; fatty foods; multigrain breads; sourdough breads; bagels; salads; salad dressings; vegetables; beans; red meats; gravies; spaghetti sauce; stews; nuts; popcorn; high fiber; and cookies, crackers, pretzels, cakes, and pies. The types of foods and beverages cereals; soy or rice based products; peas; applesauce; cantaloupe; watermelon; fruit cocktail; margarine; jams; jellies; and peanut butter.

Irritable bowel syndrome can be treated with dietary plans, a synthetic supplement called Berberine, which in is isolated from Chinese goldthread rhizome (Coptis chinensis), as well as other medications prescribed by doctors to deal with the symptoms like: anticonvulsants, muscle relaxants and even anti-depressants. There are also reports that cognitive behavioural therapy may reduce the distress caused by IBS. However, the best way to deal with any disease is to tackle the causes, and not just the symptoms. So, perhaps dietary changes and the use of herbs and spices that will aid with the gastrointestinal health is the way to go.