People who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – 24 percent of all women and 19 percent of all men can sometimes feel like walking medical experiments. Conventional treatments for IBS range from bulk laxatives to bran and stool softeners.  You may be given codeine to slow down the action of the gut, or metoclopramide to help stimulate it.  Some doctors prescribe antispasm drugs like Colofac or alverine.  Others recommend charcoal or peppermint oil.

Over one third of the UK population suffer from some symptoms of IBS and 15 per cent have symptoms serious enough to consult medical advice. Likewise some 20 per cent of Americans have suffered from IBS.  It accounts for about half of all patient-reported gastrointestinal complaints and half of all referrals to GI specialists.

In spite of this IBS, also called spastic colon is a mystery to many conventional doctors.  While the intestinal tract is obviously not working as it should, extensive laboratory investigations often reveal no particular cause for the problem.  Many sufferers report a flare up of the condition if they are under particular emotional stress, and as our intestinal tract is often referred to as ‘the abdominal brain’ this certainly can be one of the causes.  Many sufferers found that just taking up some form of relaxation such as meditation, or even deep breathing exercises a couple of times a day brought about a good result.

A sufferer of IBS usually has a host of problems including headache, nausea, heartburn, gas, frequent urination, loose stools and fatigue.  Paid is generally relieved by having a bowel action.

Attention to diet is the most important factor in seeking some relief from this distressing condition, high bran and and an increase in fibre generally is not recommended Our diets to-day are saturated in wheat based products, breads, pasta, the huge array of cakes, pies, biscuits, crackers that we consume as a nation, good fillers but not so good for the bowel.   Far better to increase foods such as vegetable fibre, bananas, pulses are easier to digest. Psyllium husks which can be bought in power or capsule form do help constipation.

Since no two sufferers are alike there is no single best diet for IBS. You should certainly rule out food allergies, most common, are wheat, yeast, sugar cow’s milk, beef and pork products,corn, coffee and orange juice.

Herbal treatments are recommended, but you need to consult a chinese medical herbalist who will make up a concoction of herbs to help this condition. Peppermint oil, taken as a tea or in capsule form, grated root of ginger in hot water has a calming effect on the entire digestive system, very relieving in cases of heartburn and indigestion also .

It is therefore recommended that you try to pay attention to your diet, steer away from medication as much as possible, hot water with say lemon or cider vinegar first thing in the morning helps to stimulate waste matter through the bowel.

When you feel the need to open your bowels, don’t delay, pelvic floor exercises or brisk walking helps to improve the muscles around the pelvic floor area.

Some of the information in this article is taken from The WDDTY GUIDE TO – GOOD DIGESTION.