January 10, 2016

IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a combination of symptoms that are impacting stomach area of the individual. The list of the symptoms may vary from one patient to another, but the most common Irritable Bowel Syndromecomplaints are:

              • pain and discomfort in the stomach area after a meal;
              • diarrhea as a result of stress or after every meal (up to 10 times per day);
              • bloating in the abdomen region;
              • frequent bowel movement;
              • changes in stool properties: diarrhea or constipation, color from yellow to green, offensive smell, etc.;

Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional type of illness since no pathological signs can be found neither in a lab nor in radiological reports.

Before this illness was classified as Irritable Bowel Syndrome it was known as spastic bowel, spastic colon, colitis, etc. At some point, scientists changed the term to Irritable bowel syndrome, which reflects the mechanism of somatic and emotional disturbances, which exist in Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients’ organism simultaneously.

There are four clinical forms of IBS that can have different symptoms and different patterns?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome with constipation, or IBS-C:

  • solid or bumpy defecation 25% or more of the time;
  • wobbly or boggy defecation not more than 25% of the time;

Irritable Bowel Syndrome with diarrhea, or IBS-D

  • wobbly or boggy defecation 25% or more of the time;
  • firm or awkward defecation not more than 25% of the time;

Mixed Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS-M

  • solid or bumpy defecation 25% or more of the time;
  • wobbly or boggy defecation 25% or more of the time;

Un-subtyped Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS-U

  • solid or bumpy defecation less than 25% of the time;
  • loose or watery defecation less than 25 percent of the time;

10-15% of adults in the United States suffer from Irritable bowel syndrome. Women suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome twice more often than men. Most of the time IBS hit people in the age between 15 and 45.

Irritable bowel syndrome often accompanied with the following medical conditions:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Dyspepsia
  • Depression
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Anxiety

Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The etiology of Irritable bowel syndrome had not been confirmed by doctors and researchers. Most scientists believe that there are multiple causes or what is, even more, likely a combination of different causes.

The classification of causes of IBS can be presented as follows:

Brain-Gut Signal Glitches results in IBS.

In Irritable bowel syndrome cases, gut and intestine do not understand the signals sent by brain performing inappropriate actions.

GI Motility Difficulties in IBS cases.

The slow motility of the colon results in constipation and the speedy mobility a results in diarrhea. In the case of Irritable bowel syndrome, the motility may be either slow or rapid. That’s why in the same patient with Irritable bowel syndrome we may found both symptoms alternating during the day or even hours.

Amplified Pain Sensitivity goes along with IBS.

Extra sensitivity to pain is very common part of the mechanism of Irritable bowel syndrome. Even minor pain may cause in IBS patient severe discomfort. The severity of pain is amplified.

Contaminations in intestine cause IBS.

 In some cases of IBS pathological bacteria were found in the feces specimens.

Small Intestinal Microbial Disbalance.

There are many bacteria and yeasts that normally exist in human’s intestine. Whenever the balance between these microorganisms changes the symptoms of pain, discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, etc. start. This disproportion often happens in IBS patients.

Cytokines’ (Organism Self-Created Substances) disproportion causes brain confusion in IBS patients.

Cytokines are the chemicals that produced by the organism in order to transmit signals from body parts to, the brain. In Irritable Bowel Syndrome cases the level of cytokines and their properties changes causing brain “confusion”. The “confused” brain losing its ability to control the activity of gut and intestine.

Heredities in IBS patients.

It is not clear if IBS goes from one generation to another, but… The studies discovered that many Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients have a family history of Irritable bowel syndrome.

Nutrition Sensitivity may cause IBS.

The newest studies revealed that individuals that suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome are hypersensitive to some particular food ingredients. This hypersensitivity is similar to an allergy.

Mental Health Problems that accompany IBS.

Psychosomatic or emotional medical conditions very often can be found in IBS’s patients. It is important to assess a detailed medical history during the initial patient evaluation. Most of the time the disorders such as panic attacks and depressions can be revealed in Irritable Bowel Syndrome cases.

There are few medications that conventional medicine uses to relief the symptoms of IBS:

  • Antispasmodics – decrease the severity of the abdominal pain that starts right after eating. The effectiveness of these drugs is approximately 40% because pain is not always resulted from a spasm in Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients. Many times the abdominal pain is the result of amplified pain sensitivity.
  • Anti-diarrheal agents may be used to prevent diarrhea, but do not help for abdominal pain in Irritable Bowel Syndrome cases.
  • Laxatives help to fight constipation which is very common in IBS patients.
  • Anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs usually helpful for IBS patients with predominant mental and emotional conditions.

In general, conventional western medicine does not have any really effective weapons to fight IBS.

Natural medicine has something to propose in Irritable Bowel Syndrome cases. There is some natural treatment that patient can do by himself at home. We recommend to follow the 5 steps of Irritable Bowel Syndrome home management program:

  1. Treatment starts from testing. Neuro-Muscular testing reveals food allergy substances for a particular Irritable Bowel Syndrome patient. Find a holistic office that provides this testing. Viva Healthy Life provides all kind of holistic tests for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  2. Self-Test. Exclude from your diet the most usual nutrients known as allergens for 2-3 months. The list of these nutrients include:
  3. Clean up your gut and intestine

                   Milk, heavy cream, sour cream, yogurts;

                   Sources of Gluten: soy, wheat, triticale, rye, corn barley, yeast, eggs, and peanuts;

                  Some fruits and vegetables: strawberry, raspberry, kiwi, tomatoes, eggplants, etc.;

Other products that may influence your stomach and cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome: honey, sweets, alcohol, etc.;

After 2-3 months if you feel improvement start to re-introduce removed ingredients back to your diet one by one. Wait for 3-4 days and register if any symptoms re-established. In this case, you know the product that causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome and you can permanently remove it from your diet. 

Time to use natural detox medicines.

Call Viva Healthy Life to get a professional advice about optimal detox medications for Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients. All calls to our center are free of charge.

Re-establish healthy bacteria level in your stomach and intestine. Call our center to get recommendations about probiotics and other natural supplements that are best to use for this purpose in case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

We do not charge for the phone consultation.

Use digestive enzymes with every meal. These natural products help to digest a food while the lining of the gut is recovering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Homeopathic medicine for IBS.

Homeopathic was known as one of the most effective treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The good think about medical philosophy “Like cures Like” is that if the targeted result reached it’s more than likely will be permanent. Homeopathy does not relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome – it cures.

In our medical center, Dr. Tsan has more than 35 years of clinical experience in homeopathy and he successfully treated hundreds of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Many patients who were treated by Dr. Tsan even forgot that they ever had this illness.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for IBS.

Two leading treatment methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine are Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Both of them are successfully used in IBS clinic. Tibetan herbs can be used for stool regulation, digestion improvement, and gut’s lining healing. Acupuncture at the same time takes care of stress, improves blood circulation in the abdomen region and improves intestine motility.

At Viva Healthy Life all holistic methods and techniques reside under one roof. During the initial evaluation which is always free in our center, Dr. Tsan creates and proposes a treatment plan customized for each particular patient.

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