Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 1 in 5 adults in the United States, making it one of the most common ailments diagnosed by doctors. IBS symptoms range from bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation to the more life-threatening colorectal cancer. They encompass disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
IBS is a common digestive system disorder, which simply means ‘inflammation of the colon’. While most people experience digestive troubles once in a while, what sets IBS – also known as “spastic colon”- apart is belly pain and diarrhea or constipation that comes back again and again.
IBS involves abnormal gut contractions that tend to be chronic, characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, mucous in stools, and irregular bowel habits with alternating diarrhea and constipation symptoms.
What Causes IBS?
The medical field does not know what causes IBS. It is believed that the signals between the brain and intestines are somehow disrupted. This miscommunication may cause abnormal intestinal muscle contractions.
Anyone can develop IBS, but the condition is twice as common in women as in men. It is also more likely to affect people who have a family history of IBS.
Remedy Options – The first step toward managing IBS is to identify what aggravates your symptoms. Besides stress, common triggers include: eating a meal, hormonal changes, and certain medications. It is important to note that no specific foods have been universally linked to IBS symptoms.
Keeping a food diary may help you pinpoint which foods are problems for you. You may find it helpful to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and fatty foods. Getting more fiber or water may also improve symptoms. It is suggested to introduce probiotics or prebiotics and omega oils into your diet. Probiotics or prebiotics are specific types of bacteria that live in the human gut. They are known as friendly bacteria that have been found to relieve lactose intolerance, prevent vaginal and bladder infections and allergies, and also reduce the growth of harmful organisms in the digestive tract. Omega oils can help to lubricate and keep food moving smoothly and efficiently through the intestines, thereby encouraging regular, healthy bowel movements. Omega oils provide nourishment to the intestinal lining cells and help to strengthen the intestinal lining and prevent the passage of harmful toxins into the bloodstream. Other treatment options can include medication and lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and stress management to control symptoms.
Holistic remedy – A combined Energy Medicine and ear, hand and foot reflexology therapy has helped 90% of my clients to find relief from IBS. Results normally take place within eight sessions with a professional Reflexologist. A monthly reflexology program is suggested once gastrointestinal balance is achieved. For temporary relief, visit the Healing Place youtube.com channel. We have produced short hands and feet stomach and constipation relief tip videos that you can do from the comforts of home. For long lasting relief we suggest that you contact the Healing Place at 508 359-6463 for more information and to schedule a 60 minute free consultation.
Client Observation – Joan, age 35, has been coming for regular, monthly reflexology sessions since 2008 to help calm her IBS symptoms. Joan is a teacher in a classroom of children under the age of 5. The job of balancing teaching, talking to parents and working with administrators can be extremely taxing to her patience. Upon coming to the Healing Place we determined Joan holds most of her stress in her lower abdominal region. Before reflexology Joan would have monthly IBS flare-ups, after three months of regular reflexology she has reduced that number to two or three IBS flare-ups a year. Joan is pleased with the results of her regular reflexology sessions.
Helen Chin Lui is a certified Reflexolgist, Certified Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner. She is the founder and owner of the Healing Place in Medfield. She specializes in helping people with chronic digestive disorders. For her free report “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing” click here for your free report.
Helen has helped hundreds of people to find long last relief. To find out how Reflexology and Energy Medicine can help you, please schedule a free 60 minute consultation by calling 508 359-6463.