Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a condition of the large intestines. It is when they contract faster or slower than they normally might. This causes cramping, pain, sudden diarrhea and constipation. In this article, we will discuss the different home remedies for IBS.
We will detail each remedy and provide an explanation as to how they work so that you can get relief from your IBS.
Probiotics are excellent at alleviating the symptoms of IBS. It can be hard to say why, and studies are currently being conducted to learn such information. It is believed this is true because it may help to balance the bacteria in the gut which can help the muscles contract as they are supposed to.
- Take the pills as directed. This often means taking the pills half an hour before you intend to eat a meal.
- Drink the tea in the same manner as you would take the pills. This means half an hour before a meal.
One of the gentlest home remedies for IBS, Flaxseed is one of the best forms of fiber for those who suffer from IBS. Fiber can help to regulate the bowel movements as well as the contractions or relaxation of the muscles in the intestines. The fiber can help absorb large amounts of water which can create something of a soothing gel in your body.
Crush up flaxseed and eat it or:
- Bring water to its boiling point.
- Place the flaxseed into the bottom of the mug or mix the ingredient in. You want to be sure that it is thoroughly blended in.
- Cover the flaxseed with water.
- Let it steep it for 10-15 minutes.
- Drink the whole cup up to twice daily. You can drink it when symptoms are present or as a way to stop them.
- Enjoy the warmth that comes along with the hot tea to further soothe your ailments.
Melatonin is known primarily to help those who suffer from insomnia, but it can do so much more. When it comes to IBS, it is shown that people who have the disease are not producing enough melatonin. This leads scientists to believe that there is a correlation between the two. Taking melatonin may help this.
- You can get melatonin supplements from the health food store or even from the grocery store. Grab a bottle of these pills.
- Since they are known to make you sleepy, take them regularly before bed to ensure that your body is getting enough of the chemical.
4. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint Oil has been known to soothe stomach issues. The same can be assumed about peppermint and its effect on IBS. While peppermint oil might not treat the actual disease, it can help with the painful symptoms. Peppermint is best ingested in this case, and the easiest way to do that is to make a tea.
- Peppermint oil
- Bring water to a boil.
- Place the Peppermint oil into the bottom of the mug or blend the ingredient thoroughly into the water.
- Cover the Peppermint oil with water.
- Let it sit it for 10-15 minutes to steep.
- Drink the whole cup up to twice daily to help with IBS.
5. Traditional Chinese Herbs
Because so much of the population has IBS, people have been dealing with it for years–even centuries. Traditional Chinese herbs may be able to help. You can use herbs such as Xiang Fu, Chai Hu, Bai Shao, Bai Zhu, Dang Shen and more. These are all believed to help relieve inflammation and help the intestines contract as they are supposed to.
- Chinese herbs of your choice
- Make a tea out of the assortment of herbs by boiling water and letting the leaves steep for 15 minutes.
- Cook these fresh herbs into your food. Eat as much of them as you can.
6. Warm Compress
A warm compress is one of the best ways to relieve inflammation in an external way. Pressing a warm compress to your belly when cramps hit can help to relieve some of the inflammation and loosen up the muscles that are contracting wildly and causing you pain.
- Warm compress
- You can make a warm compress by heating up a wet towel in the microwave for a moment and then placing it in a zip lock bag.
- You can also purchase a pre-made compress for your use.
- Press it to your abdomen, lower stomach or other affected area when the pain strikes.
Exercise is a good remedy for a lot of things. That, of course, is going to be true with IBS as well. Exercise can help work out the muscles all over your body. It can strengthen your core which can help the strength of the muscles within your body as well. By doing this, you may be able to stop the muscles from contracting involuntarily so often to alleviate the pain that comes with IBS.
- Regular exercise
You do not have to do anything strenuous; moderate exercise during the week should do the trick.
8. Castor Oil
Castor Oil is a treatment that many have turned to in their times of need when it comes to IBS. This is because it helps to ease the discomfort of IBS while also relieving the main symptom, diarrhea. Castor oil can be found at the grocery store or at any health food store for a low price.
- Open up the castor oil bottle and put some on a cotton pad.
- Apply it topically. You will want to put it on the area that is hurting the most. It is most useful during an actual attack and not as a preventative measure.
9. Deep Breathing
It has been said that a lot of IBS symptoms develop and come on because of the stress or anxiety that a person is feeling. Because of this, it makes sense for someone who is stressed to take a moment to calm down when symptoms strike. Deep breathing has been shown to pose a number of benefits for the body and mind. In this case, it can reduce stress and anxiety.
- A moment of your time
- Sit in a quiet place where you can close your eyes and relax.
- Inhale deeply.
- Be sure that you are inhaling using your diaphragm and not from your chest. This will allow you the deepest breaths.
Fiber is one of the best things that you can give your body when you are going through any sort of gastrointestinal issues. Fiber helps to regulate bowel movements. This can help stop the sudden bouts of diarrhea from coming on so heavily, making your day-to-day life a little more bearable.
- Fiber rich foods
- Fiber supplements
- You can enjoy foods that are rich in fiber such as leafy greens in order to get enough fiber in your diet.
- If you don’t think you are getting the recommended amount of fiber that your body needs, then you can take a fiber supplement.
Iberogast is a pill that is specifically designed for those with irritable bowel syndrome and other GI issues. The notable symptoms of IBS are said to be able to be eliminated with the help Iberogast. Those who take this pill as directed have experienced incredible relief from such pains and have been able to function more easily. You will need to talk to your doctor about this medicine.
- Take Iberogast as directed. Read the bottle. Be sure that you talk to your doctor about this medication.
12. Papain and Bromelain (Digestive Enzymes)
Papain and Bromelain (Digestive Enzymes) are great for helping your digestive system run more smoothly. This can help the muscles contract as they need to as well. Bromelain is sourced from pineapple, making it a healthy source of enzymes. You can eat pineapple to get the benefits of this enzyme. If you do not like the taste of pineapple, you can instead take a supplement.
- Papain and Bromelain supplement
- Eat pineapple servings a few times a day to help regulate your GI tract.
- Take the supplements of Papain and Bromelain as directed on the bottle or by your doctor.
Turmeric is good at reducing the number of abnormal contractions of the muscles. This is ideal for stopping the contractions of the intestines suddenly. Turmeric can be mixed in with your food. For faster, more digestible relief, you can make a tea out of it.
- Turmeric powder
- Ingest as much turmeric as you can.
- Cook foods that have plenty of turmeric in them.
- Drink it in a glass of water if you can stand the taste.
Ginger is great for digestive issues in general. It is ideal for any sort of stomach problem and has long since been known to help with upset stomach. For this reason, ginger tea is ideal. Ginger can be found in any health food store.
- Grate ginger pieces.
- Make a tea using the pieces by boiling water, covering the ginger with the water in a mug and letting it sit for 15 minutes before drinking.
15. Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil comes from a wildflower. It can help the symptoms of IBS especially in women due to the hormone production it induces. Evening primrose oil can also settle the stomach and relax the muscles.
- Bottle of Evening primrose oil
- Pure vegetable oil or olive oil
- Mix the Evening primrose oil with the pure vegetable oil. The vegetable oil will help carry the oil into the skin.
- Dab the Evening primrose oil onto the affected area. The Evening primrose oil will work to relieve the pain and spasming of your muscles.
While IBS is not currently curable, there are things that you can do to help. This article has detailed a few of them for you. Have we forgotten to mention home remedies for IBS that you swear by? Tell us about them in the comments section below.