Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that may affect over 15 percent of the general population. It is sometimes referred to as spastic colon, spastic colitis, mucous colitis or nervous stomach. IBS should not be confused with other diseases of the bowel such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. IBS is a functional disorder where the function of the bowels may be abnormal but no structural abnormalities exist.
IBS is the disorder of function, which means that the bowel doesnot work, as it should. If one visualizes the bowel, it appears perfectly normal without any inflammation or other structural changes. In people with IBS, the intestines squeeze too hard or not hard enough and cause food to move too quickly or too slowly through the intestines.
CAUSES OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
IBS is believed to be due to the abnormal function (dysfunction) of the muscles of the organs of the gastrointestinal tract or the nerves controlling the organs. The nervous control of the gastrointestinal tract, however, is complex. A system of nerves runs the entire length of the gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus to the anus in the muscular walls of the organs. These nerves communicate with other nerves that travel to and from the spinal cord. Nerves within the spinal cord, in turn, travel to and from the brain. Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome may worsen during periods of stress or menses, but these factors are unlikely to be the cause that leads to development of IBS.
SYMPTOMS OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME ( IBS )
Irritable bowel syndrome affects each person differently. The hallmark of IBS is abdominal discomfort or pain. The following symptoms are also common.
- Abdominal cramping and pain that are relieved after bowel movements
- Alternating periods of diarrhea and constipation
- Change in the stool frequency or consistency
- Gassiness (flatulence)
- Passing mucus from the rectum
- Abdominal distension
The following are not symptoms or characteristics of IBS
- Blood in stools or urine
- Vomiting (rare, though may occasionally accompany nausea)
- Pain or diarrhea that interrupts sleep
- Weight loss
Nature of condition
Almost everything about IBS is totally dependent on the individual patient. For some, IBS may arise during times of stress or crisis, and then subside once the stressful event has passed. For others, IBS strikes seemingly randomly and without warning and never completely goes away. The duration of IBS is different for everybody. The symptoms may wax and wane, being particularly severe at some times and absent at others.
To sum up, this is a chronic relapsing condition.
IBS and Stress
The key point is that IBS is strongly related to emotional stress and strain. Research on the psychosocial aspects of these disorders has yielded three general observations.
- Psychological stress exacerbates gastrointestinal symptoms.
- Psychological disturbances amplify illness experience and adversely affect health status.
- Having a functional GI disorder like IBS impairs the quality of ones life.
Can ibs lead to more serious problems ?
IBS does not cause cancer, bleeding or inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis.
ADVANCED HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can have significant impact on individual's social, personal, and professional life. homeopathy offers proven treatment for the IBS which treats the Mind and Body connections. IBS calls for the treatment which should address the emotional stress, the stress coping system and the intestinal hypersensitivity.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Colchicum Autumnale : Useful for irritable bowel syndrome who complain of excessive jelly-like mucus in stool. The patients experience nausea of the extreme degree and even faint from the odour of cooking food, mainly eggs and meat.
Arsenicum Album : Useful for irritable bowel syndrome having stool with an offensive odour and dark-coloured blood in it which get worse at night and the patient feels lot of weakness. Suited when alcoholic drinks, watery fruit or cold drinks worsen the condition.There is constant burning pain in abdomen and rectum accompanying symptom.
Phosphorus : Very beneficial medicine for irritable bowel syndrome where the stool contains blood and greenish mucus with extreme offensiveness. The condition mainly gets worse in the morning. There is excessive craving for cold drinks, ice cream and juicy things.
Aloe Socotrina : Very useful medicine for irritable bowel syndrome when person complain of loose stool which gets worse immediately after eating or drinking anything. There is feeling of a sudden urge to pass stool and has to rush to the toilet.There is cutting pains in lower abdomen which get worse before and during passing stool and get better after the stool is passed out.There is faintness usually follows stool.Useful to control diarrhea that gets worsedue to the intake of beer.
Podophyllum Peltatum : Useful medicine for irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea and when the stool is watery, greenish and very offensive. The diarrhea mainly gets worse in the morning but in the evening, the stool is normal.Also useful when person complain of prolapse of rectum before or during stool. The patient always feels a thirst for large quantities of cold water.
Cinchona Officinalis : Useful for irritable bowel syndrome where the diarrhea gets worse at night. There is excessive flatulence in the whole abdomen along with diarrhea. This remedy also works best for patients in whom diarrhea gets worse by taking milk or fruits.
RL-27, Livo Care Syrup