Irritable bowel syndrome – what is it and how can it be treated?
When we are sick, in most cases, we go to the doctor, we will perform a number of required tests, and in a large proportion of cases, we will leave with a professional diagnosis and precise instructions for treatment. Such treatment may include taking medications, appointments or regular treatments with professionals such as a physiotherapist, dietitian / nutritionist and so on. However, even modern medicine, which to a large extent, today, presents itself as the all-knowing one, does not always have an adequate response to all health conditions, among them – very common conditions. Irritable bowel syndrome (or irritable bowel syndrome, as it was called until recently) is a well-known example of this.
What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?
Under this broad definition, are included, in fact, all the chronic conditions characterized by prolonged periods of time in which the person suffers from digestive problems, while conventional medicine fails to locate a specific cause for the phenomenon.
Those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome will suffer from one or more of the following symptoms – bloating and gas, abdominal pain accompanied by a feeling of relief after going out, multiple bowel movements, constipation / diarrhea and sometimes, even a combination, heartburn and discomfort in the stomach (especially after eating or eating fried foods , Spiced or drinking alcohol). These symptoms may be permanent or reach and disappear as they come, however, there is no doubt that someone who suffers from them knows that “something” is not going well in his digestive system.
After your family doctor sends you for a series of tests aimed at ruling out more serious illnesses and health conditions (for example, tests that rule out the presence of Helicobacter pylori or the presence of inflammatory bowel disease – IBD diseases, such as Crohn’s or colitis) and the negative answers will come, in most cases , He will show importance and declare that you have “irritable bowel” – which means, in the language of non-doctors, “I have no idea what the exact cause of these symptoms is”. After that, he will most likely prescribe you Lusk, Nexium or Omphrex that will treat the various symptoms, equip you with a number of recommendations for a healthier diet, and send you on your way.
At this point, everyone, seemingly, is happy with the “solution” – you – because you think the doctor knows exactly what is causing your stomach problems, the doctor – because he is credited with another “successful” diagnosis, and the drug company – because it won another new customer, which Apparently, for the rest of his life, he will have to take one of the drugs we mentioned. And all this, when in practice, none of you have any idea, beyond the temporary “plaster” you received against the symptoms, what really bothers your digestive system …
The natural alternative
Similar to conventional medicine, complementary medicine and alternative medicine recognize the complexity of solving the exact cause of the cause that causes your intestines to become sensitive and irritable. However, unlike conventional medicine, they are:
They do not load your body with a long list of chemicals and artificial substances, which may be useful, but certainly not healthy for it.
Do not pretend to solve the problems with the “Zebang and we are done” method, which, for the most part, characterizes modern medicine.
Treat body and mind as one unit, and therefore, take care, at the same time, to address these two aspects as an integral part of the pursuit of solving the problem fundamentally.
Herbs used to relieve irritable bowel conditions
Certain approaches in complementary medicine and alternative medicine advocate the use of various herbs, as a way of relieving symptoms (and even, in some cases, curing the problem):
Used to relieve a variety of conditions, from conditions where sedation is needed to various digestive problems (such as heartburn, bloating and gas or gastritis).
The plant, originally used, for the production of aspirin. Helps soothe conditions of heartburn, reflux, hyperacidity, ulcers, indigestion and gas.
Licorice (anise / bald licorice)
In addition to the role that licorice plays in the treatment of diabetes and conditions of upper respiratory problems and inflammation, licorice is used to help and relieve digestive problems, heartburn and ulcer ulcers.
Koptis (Huang Lian)
An anti-bacterial plant that is considered effective in treating conditions of Helicobacter pylori, gastritis, ulcers, etc.
Alternative medicine has quite a few ways to help with irritable bowel syndrome, so, before resorting to conventional medications, it is important to consider the healthier and more natural alternatives.