One of the most common bowel disorders experienced by many Westerners, especially in the United States, is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Young adults are reported as being the most commonly affected with IBS and this is generally due or attributed to poor diet and lifestyle.
To solve (heal) a disease you must first know what the disease is followed by knowing its etiology (cause or origin). Basically, IBS is an inability to move the bowels and the solution to the problem is to simply move the bowels.
IBS is a disease or disorder of the intestinal tract in general, the colon in particular. Technically, IBS is a form of colitis (inflammation of the colon), called “mucous colitis,” inflammation of the colon caused by mucus.
Causes and Risk Factors
Processed foods lack enzymes and enzymes stimulate the natural function of peristalsis, the wavelike muscular contractions that produce bowel movements. IBS is a degenerative disease caused by improper diet.
The intestines consist of the small intestine and the large intestine (colon). The small intestine allows the body to absorb nutrients via the villi (small stringy hairs on the wall of the small intestine). The large intestine (colon) reabsorbs sufficient water so as to provide the proper consistency (and lubrication) for the stools to pass from the colon via the rectum.
In conditions of IBS, the stools (feces) are too hard (due to a lifeless- food diet consisting of dead, slaughtered animal flesh, a/k/a meat; processed cow snot and mucus, a/k/a dairy products; and refined grains and starches) which causes the production of excess mucus and plaque which dries up in the small intestine and colon and converts the stools into cement-like bricks (feces held together by mucoidal plaque). Because the diet lacks live foods, there is an absence of vital enzymes and fiber, which results in a lack of peristalsis which is necessary for bowel movement.
IBS would also indicate lack of necessary water (from drinking water) because water helps lubricate the intestines. The colon needs to be lubricated for the feces or stools to transit smoothly to and through the rectum. And because of the lack of necessary water content in the colon, the Body Intelligence derives needed water from the tissues of the body and sends it to the colon to help soften and liquefy the hardened stools (dried feces held together by mucoidal plaque); this is why diarrhea is present in IBS. It is the body’s way of assisting so as to help solve the problem. Diarrhea develops in people who have hardened stools which clogs the colon and causes constipation. Diarrhea is the body’s way of liquefying the stools or feces so as to help them be eliminated from the body.
The pain and discomfort associated with IBS is due to the body via the colon trying to pass or move dried bricks (hardened feces or stools).
This pain and discomfort can lead to emotional stress as the colon is connected to every part of the body, including the nervous system. The emotional center of the human body itself is located in the second chakra (Sacral Plexus) which is located above the belly (intestines). Therefore, colon problems will undoubtedly affect one’s emotions.
Healing IBS Naturally
The IBS healing process begins with a change of mind to a more a positive and healthy mind-state that can manufacture positive thoughts and ideas.
Colonics and enemas will greatly help heal and repair the intestinal tract. Colonics clean out the entire intestinal tract whereas enemas only clean out the rectum. However, both processes and procedures help.
People born under the astrological signs of Cancer and Virgo need to watch out for stomach and colon upsets as they are prone to problems of the stomach, abdomen, and intestines, especially Virgo.
Sufferers of IBS should eliminate all meat, dairy, refined grains and starch products from their diet. These all break down inside the body into mucus and plaque and form mucoidal plaque within the colon. You may want to consider converting to a vegan lifestyle.
Eat more green leafy vegetables and fruit which are excellent sources of natural fiber and enzymes. Good foods to eat to help combat IBS include: papaya, mango, melons, plums and prunes, dates, raisins, and figs.
Drinking prune and/or plum juice (a cup per day, before bedtime) will greatly help peristalsis.
There are many good herbs for healing the intestines. Herbs good for IBS include all good-colon cleansing herbs such as: Cascara Sagrada, Senna, Buckthorn, Mandrake, Aloe Vera Resin, Bibitaki, Glucommanan, Bilwa, Rhubarb, Goldenseal Root, and Triphala.
To prevent griping from the use of one of the herbs supra, especially Senna, simply add Fennel Seed, Bladderwrack, Guar Gum and/or Psyllium Husk to the herb and mix it well.
Seaweeds such as Irish Moss, Bladderwrack, Kelp, Iceland Moss, and Dulse are great bulking and lubricating sources for the colon in addition to being nutritional in nature. The small intestine absorbs nutrients via the villi and this is why it is important to keep the walls of the intestines clean.
Dherbs offers several solutions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
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