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IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Updated: Nov 7, 2023


IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Due to busy and hectic lifestyle, people suffer from different type of disorders like stress and many digestive disorders. Nowadays people use to eat unhealthy diet and face many health issues. Stress is major cause of digestive problems. Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common digestive disorder which may be due to stress, lifestyle and unhealthy diet. Ayurveda provides herbal treatment for the IBS with the help of herbs without causing any side effects.


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - It is also known as spastic colon, irritable colon, mucous colitis and spastic colitis. It is inflammatory condition of small intestine which is characterized by abdominal pain, discomfort, irregular bowel movement (hard or soft bowels).


As per Ayurveda, IBs is classified as Grahani roga. Grahani is a part of GI system which is main site of agni (Enzymes). These enzymes play a vital role in the digestion of food. Grahani is the place which holds food for digestion and absorption. Agni plays an important role in digestion of food. Vitiation of agni results in madagni which is responsible for the formation of Ama (toxins) which is responsible for various diseases. There are three vital energies present in the body which are responsible for health. According to different energies IBS is classified into different categories:

  • Vata Grahani – It is due to imbalance of vata dosha in body which is characterized by constipation.

  • Pitta Grahani – It results in the imbalance of pitta dosha which results in diarrhea.

  • Kapha Grahani – This results in kapha dosha imbalance.

  • Tridosha Grahani – It involves all three dosha i. vat, pitta and kapha.


WHAT CAN BE THE CAUSES?


Cause of the disease may vary from person to person. Some people have sensitive intestines. It is combination of various factors like stress, hereditary, inflammatory, eating habits, depression, and lifestyle. As per Ayurvedic cause, they may be like fasting, excessive food intake, cold food intake, heavy food intake, dry and junk food, suppression of urges, improper sleep habits, anger, grief, fear, low digestion strength, travel, change in season, all being contributory factors to this disease.


WHAT CAN BE THE SYMPTOMS?


Common signs and symptoms of IBS are –

  • Nausea

  • Lack of appetite

  • Delayed digestion

  • Burning sensation

  • Bloating, distention of abdomen

  • Excessive thirst

  • Fatigue, giddiness

  • Gurgling sound in stomach

  • Hard and soft stools.

According to Ayurveda, the signs and symptoms are according to dosha involved in IBS-

  • Vata predominant IBS – Abdominal pain, increased frequency of stool, altered bowel habit, headache, distention of abdomen, debility, chest pain etc.

  • Pitta predominant IBS – Burning sensation in the chest, belching, headache etc.

  • Kapha pre-dominant IBS – Mucus in stool, feeling of incomplete evacuation of the bowel, vomiting, nausea, heaviness of abdomen, flatus.

  • Tridosha predominant IBS- Gurgling sound in abdomen, bowel with mucus, constant urge to pass stools, intermittent episodes, and increase in frequency of bowel.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF IBS


Ayurveda mainly focus on the restoration of the functions of digestive system by balancing all three energies i.e. vata, pitta and kapha. Ayurveda mainly uses the herbs which help to remove the toxins from the body. As stress is major cause of this problem, treatment consists of lifestyle and diet guidance. It involves the herbs which are used to nourish the nervous system and help to calm the mind.

There are different herbs which are used to cure the problem form root level without causing any side effects.


HERBAL TREATMENT FOR IBS BY PLANTBASED AYURVEDA


Planet Ayurveda offers herbal combo pack of different formulation which provides the relief from IBS. These are pure herbal formulation which are free from chemicals, preservatives and have no side effects. Planet Ayurveda’s provides herbal treatment to get rid of IBS named as IBS CARE PACK.


IBS Care Pack Contains

  • Cap. Digestion Support

  • Kutajghan Vati

  • Sanjivani Vati

  • Cap. Pitta Balance

IBS Care Pack


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

1. Digestion Support

These are herbal capsule offered by Planet Ayurveda. As the name indicates these help to support the healthy digestive system. These contains the standardized extract of different herbs:


  • Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) - It helps to clear bowel and prevents the formation of gas. It acts as very effective herb for constipation, flatulence and good for digestive system.

  • Sounf (Fenniculum vulgare) - It is common used spice in kitchen that provides relief from gas, acidity.

  • Bhbhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) - It improves whole digestive system.

  • Dhaniya (Coriandrum sativum) - It is very common herb that subsides the symptoms of IBS such as gas, indigestion, acidity and constipation.

  • Pippali (Piper longum) - It provides the strength to whole digestive system. It also increases strength of agni (fire) therefore it helps in relief from digestion related problems.

  • Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum) - It is useful in abdominal pain and acidity.

DOSE- 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.


2. Kutajghana Vati

These tablets are prepared from herb Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysentrica). This herb has great medicinal importance which help to balance the all three doshas in body. It has medicinal properties like carminative, aphrodisiac etc which make it useful for chronic diarrhea, dysentery, intestinal worms. It stimulates the digestive fire (agni) and restores proper digestion by normalizing the function of garhani. So it relieves dysentery, diarrhea, digestive problems, IBS.


DOSE- 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.


3. Sanjivani Vati

It is another effective formulation of Plantbased Ayurveda that means " One, who gives life". These tablets are very effective against digestive problems. The herbs used in this formulation have ability to pacify the vata and kapha dosha in body.


These tablets contains different herbs which are explained below:

  • Guduchi (Tinospora cardifola) - This herb has ability to enhance the immunity of body and balance all three doshas. It provides the strength to the body to fight against different health health conditions like indigestion.

  • Ardraka (Zingiber officinale) - It also enhances the immunity of body.

  • Vidanga (Embelia ribes) - It is carminative and digestive stimulant in nature.

  • Vacha (Acorus calamus) - It contains bitter substance called acorin that has positive effect on digestive system and nervous system.

  • Shudh bhallatak (Semecarpus anacadium) - It is the one of the most fast acting herb in Ayurveda. It works in conditions like GIT problems, skin problems etc.

  • Shudh vatsanbh (Aconium ferox) - It balances all three doshas especially vata and Kapha. It improves strength, digestion and other conditions.

  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) - It enhances the immunity and clears all toxins from body therefore it fight against all health issues.

  • Bhbhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) - It is good for various digestive problems as it act as laxative.

  • Haritaki (Termianlia chebula) - It acts as natural laxative which is used for constipation and abdominal gas.

DOSE- 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.


4. Pitta Balance

These are herbal capsules which help to balance the pitta dosha in body and provide relief from pitta related problems.


It is a combination of natural compounds which are explained below:

  • Praval pisti (Coral calcium) - It is rich source of calcium that helps in balancing pitta dosha and provides calcium to body.

  • Akik pisti (Agate calcium) - It helps to balance the vata and pitta doshas and related problems.

  • Jawar mohar pisti (calcium compound) - It is the source of calcium which is effective in GIT problems.

  • Kamdhudha rasa (calcium compound) - It keeps the digestive system healthy by balancing pitta dosha.

  • Mukta pisti (Pearl calcium) - It is very effective against pitta vitiated conditions like indigestion, acidity and heart burn conditions.

  • Giloy (Tinospora cardifola) - It enhances the immunity of body and good for complete health.

DOSE- 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.


DIET AND LIFESTYLE SUGGESTIONS


Along with Ayurvedic treatment one should take care of proper diet and lifestyle for accurate results because diet plays a crucial role in management of any disease. For the treatment of IBS diet should be balanced and healthy.

  • Avoid fried foods, meats, oil, dairy foods and other fatty foods.

  • Do not eat spicy foods, as they trigger spasms in your intestines leading to diarrhea.

  • Quit smoking, drinking alcohol.

  • Avoid consumption of caffeine, and carbonated beverages.

  • Enhance the intake of fiber, and have foods like beans, oatmeal, apples, strawberries and grapes. Drink more water daily.

  • Use of Ginger is very good.

  • Practice yoga and pranayama daily

  • Do exercise on regular basis.

What is a Low Fodmap Diet & Herbal Remedies For IBS Treatment


ABSTRACT

When diet is right, there is no need for medicine but when diet is not right, medicine is of no use. It is very rightly said because diet influences a major portion of our health. Working on our health will include incorporating healthy food elements in our diet. Some items are considered as non permitted foods while some are not allowed to be eaten because they cause allergic reactions. For example, certain foods are high in fat content which may lead to cardiovascular problems. Thus, it is required to work out a plan for what one should eat and also what not. The most important thing that is involved in preventing or curing any major illness is diet. A good diet will form the basis for good health and a healthy lifestyle. For example, people who have IBS are advised to consume diet food items which are low in carbs and high in protein. So what is the FODMAP diet, let us discuss in detail through the following article.


WHAT IS FODMAP DIET?

FODMAP are certain types of carbohydrates that are difficult to digest for the body. FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols.

. FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates which are not digested properly and travel to the large intestine where they are then fermented by the gut bacteria. Fermentation is a process of producing acids and gases in the intestines which leads to bloating, abdominal pain and distension. Thus, this problem is known as FODMAP intolerance or malabsorption syndrome. This will result in various difficulties faced by the patient which may include pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain and abdominal distention. The FODMAP diet is designed for the patients suffering from the condition of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). As IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is related to digestion related issues, this FODMAP diet plan will help to improve their symptoms up to some extent. Let us know the concept of FODMAP diet in detail.


LOW FODMAP DIET

The FODMAPs are believed to draw water into the gut or the digestive tract, which in turn will result in a feeling of bloating. If someone consumes it very often, this may accumulate in the digestive tract and ferment. The various types of carbs present in your diet are as follows-

  • Fructans - Fructose is found in various edible items including Garlic, Onion, grains such as barley, rye, wheat, etc.

  • Fructose - Fructose is a simple form of sugar which is found in various food products such as Honey, Fruits, Corn syrup, etc.

  • Galactans - Galactans are found in large amounts in legumes such as Beans, Lentils, Soybeans, etc.


BENEFITS OF LOW - FODMAP DIET & IBS

The digestive issues such as gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea were managed up to some extent and thus improved the quality of life of the patient. FODMAP diet can present remarkable benefits to the ones facing various digestive issues or low digestive strength. The health benefits of following a low FODMAP diet can be observed in the patients suffering from IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome). It has helped to improve the health condition along with the administration of appropriate medicines. IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) is known to affect a lot of people with global incidence estimated to be 11.2% . IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) is a condition of unknown etiology in most of the cases, so it is very beneficial to follow this FODMAP diet plan to improve the condition of the digestive system of the body. This Routine of FODMAP diet may also yield good results on the psychological state of the body.The IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) is moreover related to stress related concern, hence an overall improvement in the quality of life can be observed. The condition of IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) can be managed well through the administration of ayurvedic formulations. The various beneficial ayurvedic formulations will be described as follows.


HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANTBASED AYURVEDA FOR IBS (IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME)

Plantbased Ayurveda is providing various formulations of natural herbs such as pitta balance, kutajghan vati, digestion support and sanjivani vati compiled in a pack namely IBS care pack. These ayurvedic formulations are prepared using authentic ways and provide great results in improving the condition of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). The formulations are prepared strictly according to the procedures described in the samhitas (classical texts) and therefore are very effective in promoting the health of the patient and managing the diseased state effectively. The products beneficial for improving the condition of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) are described as follows -


IBS Care Pack

Pitta Balance Kutajghan Vati Digestion Support Sanjivani Vati


PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION


1. Pitta Balance

Pitta balance are capsules prepared by plantbased ayurveda. It contains various beneficial ayurvedic components such as mukta pishti (Calcium compound from pearl), giloy satva (Tinospora cordifolia), etc. This beneficial composition of ayurvedic components help in balancing the pitta dosha of the body. It helps to improve the gut health and provides soothing relief to the body. Pitta balance also helps to soothe various kinds of burning sensation from the body.


Dosage: One capsule twice a day.


2. Kutajghan Vati

Kutajghan vati is being prepared by Plantbased Ayurveda. It contains natural extracts of beneficial ayurvedic herb Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica). It helps to regulate bowel movement. It is pungent and astringent in taste and thus helps to pacify pitta and kapha dosha from the body. Therefore improving the overall state of the body.


Dosage: Two tablets two times a day.


3. Digestion Support

Digestion support capsules are being prepared by Plantbased ayurveda. It contains a combination of beneficial ayurvedic components such as haritaki (Terminalia chebula), amla (Embellica officinalis), pippali (Piper longum), etc. As the name suggests, It helps to support and improve digestion. This will help to manage various digestion related issues such as bloating, indigestion, etc. One such condition which can be effectively managed through digestion support capsules is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).


Dosage: One capsule two times a day.


4. Sanjivani Vati

Sanjivani vati is a very effective ayurvedic formulation. It comprises various ayurvedic herbs such as pippali (Piper longum), giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), bhallataka (Aconitum ferox), vacha (Acorus calamus), etc. This will promote the digestive process and will lead to the depletion in various digestion related concerns such as indigestion, etc. This combination in sanjeevani vati will also help to manage the condition of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) effectively.


Dosage: Two tablets two times a day.


LIFESTYLE

Avoid intake of sodium in your diet. Try to take healthy diets including fibre rich foods - vegetables and fruits. Exercise and practice some physical activities in your day to day tasks. Risk of heart disease gets reduced by regular yoga , exercise and mediation to maintain blood pressure.

Avoid smoking because nicotine narrows the blood vessels and makes the heart to work and pump more. Try to get good and enough sleep. Always keep your diabetes under control.






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