By Dr. Prashant K Vaidya, Homeopathy,
It is a disorder that affects the large intestine, resulting in difficulties in bowel movements. Irritable bowel syndrome might develop due to various underlying abnormalities in the body. For example, if the intensity of muscle contraction in the intestines is too strong or too weak, bowel movements would be affected. Other causes include viral or bacterial infection, excessive number of immune system cells, a different and abnormal structure of microflora in the intestines, distorted coordination between brain signals and nerve cells in the intestine. Temporary Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be caused by various factors such as certain foods that a person might be allergic to, excessive amount of stress and hormonal changes (especially in women during their periods).
- Constipation and Diarrhoea both occurring alternatively
- Abdominal craps
Role of Homeopathy in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome
According to statistics almost 10.5% of the population suffers from this condition. Women are more likely to develop this disorder and many among them are forced to live with this problem throughout their life as allopathic medicines work as merely palliative agents. Homeopathic medicines, however, treat the condition from the root. Homeopathy treats the symptoms of this disorder and is person-specific, that is, homeopathy uses an individualistic approach. To break it down, two people with the same disorder might be prescribed different homeopathic medicines, depending on the overall constitution, psychological disposition, and tendencies of each one of them.
A study was conducted in a number of homeopathic clinics involving patients with IBS. 89% of them reported a positive improvement after 3 months of treatment.
Homeopathy not only addresses the gut problem which is superficially associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it treats the causes that lead to the gut problem in the first place. It has a therapeutic effect on the person concerned. Here are some self-help measures that homeopathy doctors often ask their patients to follow:
- Consumption of low-glycemic foods like oats. These foods inhibit the formation of bad microflora in the gut.
- Consumption of low-fat foods
- Drinking more fluids
- Avoidance of alcohol, spicy foods, cigarettes, aerated drinks and coffee.
- Practicing workout routines like meditation, yoga and tai chi that release stress.
- Increasing the intake of fibrous fruits and vegetables like carrots, spinach, beets and cucumbers.
The patient should follow-up with a homeopathic doctor from time to time.