irritable bowel syndrome

kfgesq(z5NJ)December 10, 2003

anyone know anything about this and any remedies to cure it or help it?

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No, I thought I had it for 20 years...turns out it was gallstones... sometimes IBS can be caused by gallstones. That's all I know...:o(

    Bookmark   December 10, 2003 at 11:45AM
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More fiber intake in your diet may help.


    Bookmark   December 10, 2003 at 5:53PM
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kerdragon(z7 NC)

If you increase your fiber intake, be sure and do it slowly or it might get worse until your body adjusts. Sometimes drinking green tea helps when I'm going to the bathroom frequently. Pay attention to your diet for anything that you notice tends to aggravate it. Also, stress tends to bring on symptoms for me, so I use tai chi or breathing exercises to reduce my stress. That's about all I can tell you - haven't found a cure for mine yet.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2003 at 11:12AM
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franeli(z4 NH)

I have IBS. Had some cognitive therapy to "talk" to my bowel,it really helps reduce stress,even stress you are not aware of. Like driving,rushing to work,going on an airplane...
Calcium and Mg help me,as I have the diarrhea/spastic pain type. I am careful about the raw fruits(green apples and bananas,etc.) I cook most things. Fiber aggravates me. I used to use metamucil, but I have bowel adhesions and that stuff can actually block your bowel if you don't drink enough.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2003 at 5:01PM
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why what does green tea do? i have some green tea with lemon grass in the cupboard but havent used it yet, i always thought it was supposed to fush out your system?

    Bookmark   January 25, 2004 at 9:01AM
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check out these links. They have some good info about IBS and some herbal/homeopathic/nutritional approaches


Mary Ann

Here is a link that might be useful: AskThe Doctor

    Bookmark   January 27, 2004 at 5:54PM
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Constipation and gas are the main side effects one would face while increasing fibers in the diet.I took a hint from Ayurvedic Mdicine to get some help and that is taking a spoonful of Sugarfree Pancake Syrup ( I am Diabetic )
along with fiber intake. This did provide lot of help for these side effects.

    Bookmark   February 29, 2004 at 6:48AM
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The article I've linked below talks of using enteric coated Peppermint oil. The info is at the bottom of the article. They sight studies but don't give journal references.

This article has journal references at the end of it. The enteric coated peppermint does sound helpful.



Here is a link that might be useful: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Bookmark   March 2, 2004 at 4:43PM
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Here's one article on peppermint oil and IBS.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2004 at 5:05PM
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kerdragon(z7 NC)

I haven't seen green tea recommended for IBS (actually, you should try to avoid caffeine), but I find that green tea sometimes helps calm my stomach when stress triggers my symptoms. I suppose some herbal teas might also work. Breathing exercises are also helpful.

I've seen peppermint recommended also, and also flaxseeds/ flaxseed oil. I think the bottom line, though, is to figure out a diet that agrees with your body, especially to figure out the right amount of fiber for you. Some people find relief by increasing their fiber intake, and some people find that makes their symptoms worse. For me, it helped to increase my fiber somewhat, but I don't get the full 'recommended' amount and I avoid things like wheat bran, which my system just does not tolerate.

Here is a link that might be useful: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Bookmark   March 3, 2004 at 12:08PM
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Eric, did you mean to send us to a pay per view site? I also noted, while reading about IBS, that this uncomfortable problem is not, at least so far, linked to any other problem, or disease, down the road. Let's hope it stays that way. My daughter has IBS and so far it is managed with fiber, DGL, and Peppermint oil, although she only used the Enteric coated Peppermint oil on her last flareup. She hasn't had a flareup for quite a while, and this is the longest bout between them. I'm so glad for her! It hurts to see her in pain. She definitely is managing stress better as well, and I think that is a factor.


    Bookmark   March 3, 2004 at 8:25PM
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Infusions ofoat straw tea on a daily basis and slippery elm for the crisis times really help.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2004 at 9:16AM
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To get rid of it, besides soothing remedies, you need to get off all carbohydrates like sugar and flour, especially refined sugar and flour. After you are cured, you need to cut all refined carbohydrates out of your diet to prevent recurrence.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2005 at 4:55AM
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dpinker1(z4 NY)

Best of luck to you. I've had this for quite some time. I've found peppermint to help the most. Also take the tablets when it's very bad. I've started growing my peppermint now so I have fresh all winter. Don't forget that stress does make it worse so take some time out for yourself and enjoy a cup of tea and work on a hobby that calms you.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2005 at 10:12AM
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johnyb(QLD Aust)

Try Iberogast oral liquid, perhaps available from your chemist or a herbal outlet, many IBS sufferers are singing this herbal preparations praises.

It contains 9 herbs; Clown's Mustard, Angelica, Chamomile, Caraway, St. Mary's Thistle, Lemonbalm, Peppermint, Licorice, and Chelidonium.

In addition to some good anecdotal evidence from clinincal use, there have been 2 good clinical trials backing this products efficacy for IBS, try it.


    Bookmark   March 20, 2005 at 4:35PM
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dpinker1(z4 NY)

One more idea. I've found that many with ibd tolerate different foods. Without my carbs I would probably wouldn't weigh anything, never have a problem with them. Rice is a must for me.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2005 at 9:08AM
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Hello. I have IBS too. Peppermint helps me a lot ; I make a herbal tea with it and sip it slowly where I am in much pain.

I also make a massage oil appropriate to this case and keep it handy ( next to my bed, for example, because this stupid pain, concerning me, has always a preference to come late at night) : take a 50 ml dark glass blottle, fill it up with grapeseed oil ( this is a carrier oil, there are, of course, many others, but, personnally I use this one because it's good and cheap ) and add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of rosemary ess. oil. These two essential oils when mixed together and massaged on the problem area will make the pain disappear. Moreover, if it's late, you will sleep like a baby since there's lavender in the mix ; if not, lavender will calm you down and help you continue your work. Extra tip: when massaging, always do circular movements and insist until the pain goes away. ( it will, believe me... )

There is no cure for IBS. But you can maybe find out what causes it ; in my case it's stress, stress, always stress!

Best wishes.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2005 at 4:49PM
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