By Dr Anju Vohra , Homeopathy
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a diagnosis whose symptoms include chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. IBS patients usually experience frequent change in bowel movement patterns, frequent occurrences of gas, diarrhoea or constipation, accompanied by tenesmus (a constant urge to evacuate the bowels), chronic fatigue and even sexual tension. Here are some of the most common homeopathic medicines that help you overcome IBS.
- Lycopodium: This is a great medicine for intellectual persons with weak digestion. They have large appetite with craving for sweets. Wakes up at night feeling hungry. Constant sense of fermentation and gas in abdomen, with rolling of flatus in the evening between 4 to 8 pm. Eating small morsels creates fulness and bloated feeling. Indigestion after eating fermented food, breads, cabbage and beans. Ineffectual urging for stools.
- Nux.Vomica: This is a remedy for modern day persons who are irritable, ambitious and lead a sedentary life. They overindulge in spicy food, coffee, alcohol and tobacco. These persons are prone to constipation with a feeling as if a part of stool is yet to be expelled. Stomach bloated several hours after eating. Difficult belching of gas. Constant nausea, but no vomiting. Painful abdominal walls due to gases with upward pressure and constant desire for stools.
- Argentum Nitricum: This medicine is suitable for anxious, hurried and impulsive people where belching is brought about by mental stress and sweets. There is a painful spot on stomach from where pain radiates to all parts of abdomen. Colic with flatulent distension of abdomen. Emotional stress and anxiety brings on diarrhoea with green stools.
- Asafoetida: This medicine is suitable for hysterical and hypochondriacal patients. The main symptom of this drug is its reverse peristalsis. Great distension but difficulty in bringing up the wind in form of eructations.
These medicines may have side-effects; so consult the doctor to know how to regulate the amount of the medicine you should ideally consume depending on your age and nature of IBS.