irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
If compared with traditional allopathic medication, herbal treatment has very few side effects and can be followed safely on a long term basis. Although, allopathic medicines undergo an organized testing procedure for safety purpose before sending to market. This is a strong plus point that herbal remedies don’t have.
It is very important to consider that if herbal medicines are available over the counter they are always not safe. It is recommended to consult with a doctor. or herbalist first before using any herbal supplement to be sure if the herb won’t affect negatively with any other medication you are using or any health problem you may have.
Herbs for Improving Digestive Health
According to reliable sources, these herbs are used to improve the digestive system and are advised in all IBS subtypes including diarrhea-predominant or alternating type, constipation-predominant, and stomach ulcer treatments.
The peppermint oil is the only Herbal supplement that has the approval of the American College of Gastroenterology because of its effectiveness in decreasing abdominal pain. Peppermint oil’s pain-relieving property is due to the result of its effect on gut motility. It relaxes the gut muscles, ultimately reducing the muscle spasms that are key contributors in abdominal pain.
The slippery elm herb was used by Native Americans for a very long time as a natural remedy for various health conditions. For digestive problems, slippery elm was used to calm down the irritation through covering the lining of the intestinal tract. It helps in minimizing predominant IBS symptoms like its intake greatly reduces diarrhea and it also softens the stools to ease constipation.
Herbs for IBS with Constipation
The following herbs are used for relieving constipation in an IBS subtype with their laxative nature:
Amalaki for IBS
The Amalaki tree fruit is gown in all over Asia and is very useful in improving digestive health with a laxative effect.
Triphala for IBS
The Triphala meaning “three fruits” is an herbal supplement composed of Bibhataki tree fruit and Haritaki tree fruit along with Amalaki tree fruit. Additionally, with its laxative property, Triphala also reduces abdominal pain, nausea, and bloating.
Herbs for IBS with Diarrhea
These herbs are associated with relieving diarrhea symptoms of IBS:
Chamomile for IBS
The Chamomile herb is mostly found in the form of tea, it is also available in the form of capsule or liquid supplement. Chamomile reduces inflammation in the stomach and relieves spasms in the gut. However, it is not suitable for weak people.
Aloe Vera for IBS Treatment
Most of the ads online show that Aloe Vera is a perfect remedy for IBS. According to the latest research. But it has some positive effect on diarrhea induced IBS.
Berry Leaf Teas for IBS
A large number of herbalists admit that teas are composed of blueberry, blackberry leaves. These berry leaves have certain substances known as tannins, which reduces inflammation in the stomach and also decrease fluid secretion. Because of these properties, Berry Leaf Teas have earned an anti-diarrheal reputation.