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Ayurveda About IBS

Ibs is one of the psychosomatic disorders i.e a disease that involves both mind and body. In Ayurveda importance is given to both mana (mind) and body. If we follow a good diet plan but are stressed out or mentally not stable it may lead to ibs and vice versa i.e mind is at peace but irregular diet or other wrong habits related to meals can cause ibs. Both the above scenarios are common these days hence IBS too is a common condition of the modern society.

IBS can be correlated with vataja grahani because the causes and symptoms are very similar to those of ibs. 

Ayurveda focuses on treating the root cause, if the disease is recent then changing lifestyle itself can treat the condition but If IBS is chronic then rather than taking OTC medicine and making the disease worse, one should consult vaidya at the earliest to prevent future complications. Yoga and meditation should also be included in a patient's lifestyle to manage stress, anxiety .

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine and can create persistent discomfort. Some people with IBS have minor symptoms. However, for others the symptoms are significant and disrupt daily life.

IBS can happen to anyone regardless of age or gender. 

What are the causes of IBS?

The underlying cause of the syndrome is not known with certainty however some factors attribute to increased chances of IBS. Our digestion is controlled by cooperation of the brain and the gut, in a person affected with IBS this cooperation is disrupted (maybe by body chemicals such as serotonin and gastrin, that control nerve signals between the brain and digestive tract), leading to uncoordinated and painful tension in the muscles of the digestive tract.

In IBS the colon gets hypersensitive and reacts to even mild stimulation. Instead of slow, rhythmic muscle movements, the bowel muscles spasm causing either diarrhea or constipation.

What are the symptoms of ibs

  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Altered bowel habits- this can be observed in the volume, frequency and consistency of the patient’s stools.
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Constipation alternating with diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Patients may also frequently complain of abdominal bloating and an increase in gas production in the form of flatulence or belching

Modern medicines do not have a cure for IBS yet, current treatment involves medications/therapies for symptom relief.