Ayurvedic Treatment for IBS

The Ayurvedic principle of the involvement of Doshas is very helpful because it provides an understanding of the symptoms and how they vary from one type to another. It also provides a system of treatment specific to that particular Dosha imbalance. Ayurveda utilizes not only diet and herbs, but also lifestyle advice so that treatment of IBS can be more specific and more successful.

Generally, Ayurveda suggests drinking warm water at first, when morbidity and enterotoxin is located in IBS and is flared up with the improperly digested food. Appetizers, a light diet (e.g., liquid gruel) followed by ghee mixed with appetizers, Vata –alleviating drugs, and an enema are then advised as a line of treatment. Ayurvedic treatment is based on the nature of the stool with (sama) or without (nirama) enterotoxin stool. The therapy process is highlighted as follows:

  • According to Ayurveda, dyspepsia and enterotoxin in IBS are important pathological processes that have to be treated effectively along with consideration of bowel movements with respect of stools with or without mucus discharge.
  • When enterotoxin dominates this stage, it is treated with fasting and administration of digestives and carminatives. Use of warm water is highly recommended.
  • Emesis (vamana) is the first line of treatment in diarrhea-predominant IBS, followed by the herbal bitters.
  • The first line of treatment for dysentery-predominant IBS is laxatives (virechana) followed by the administration of herbs with spicy and sour tastes.
  • Complex IBS is treated with the Panchakarma line of treatment and supported by digestives and carminative preparations.
  • Generally, in the treatment of IBS, the use of buttermilk (takra) is emphasized. The patient has to be kept on the diet of buttermilk, which is the treatment and nutrition in IBS. Buttermilk is digestive, astringent, and light to digest and helps in improving the consistency of the stool. Buttermilk is given along with asafetida, cumin, and rock-salt powder to control the bowel movements. It contains a good amount of lactobacillus bacteria, which helps restore the normal flora of the intestines.
  • In Ayurvedic medicine best remedy for IBS is AntiIBS capsules and bilagyl. Regular use of these medicine you can feel drastic change in your symptoms.

Modern Treatment of IBS

A number of treatments have been found to treat the IBS. Such as diet changes, lifestyle management, meditation and daily yoga practice to improve your digestive power .In allopathy require prescripation medicine are following:

  • Antispasmodic medicines- which helps slow the action of the digestive tract and reduce the chance of spasms.
  • Antidiarrheal medicine are sometimes used when diarrhea is a major feature of IBs
  • Antidepressants medicine –which used in depression are coexist with IBS.

Hazards of these medicine

 General side effects have included

  • Drowsiness,
  • Weakness,
  • Loss of taste sense,
  • Decreased sweating
  • Anxiety, restlessness,
  • Dryness of mouth and insomnia.
  • Elderly patients may react with symptoms of excitement, agitation, drowsiness, and other


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