IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 

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Space and air elements make Vata a light and irregular Dosha. Therefore anything that makes the body lighter, restless, with irregular functions becomes a Vata ailment.  IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is considered a Vata imbalance. The aim is control excess movement of cold air and increase the warm quality of the body.

FOODS:

Avoid cold, dry and light foods.

Replace food and yogurt, cold drinks and cold dry breakfast with warm porridge or stewed fruits

Avoid excess intake of raw foods that are spicy, bitter and astringent. Avoid cold salads and replace them with warm steamed vegetables.

Regular intake of nourishing soups is beneficial.

Ayurveda specifically recommends yellow split mung bean soup which is  a very good protein from vegetable source.

Once again Buttermilk is the recommended drink of choice in IBS. This can be had a few times during the day.

Fasting once a week will help to strengthen the digestive fire and regulate bowels movements.

HERBS:

Chyawanprash, an ayurvedic food supplement containing 46 herbs is highly recommended in Ayurveda. Simply mix in 1 table spoon of this jam in cup of hot water and take it 2 -3 times over the day.

Triphala is the main herb indicated in IBS as it not only helps to eliminate toxins but it is also known for its bowel regulating and strengthening qualities.

Triphala and Ashwagandha are usually taken together for best result.

Brahmi is best for people suffering from stress related IBS.

YOGA:

Sun Salutations are good for people with constipation and bloating as main symptoms.

Moon Salutations are better suited for people with symptoms of diarrhea, burning and dyspepsia.

Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) and Bhastrika (breath of fire) help to calm the digestive system.

MASSAGES:

Massages work wonders for people with IBS as they help to calm down the nervous system.

A Vata pacifying whole body oil massage or the more beneficial Ayurvedic abdominal massage with castor oil packs for lower abdomen will bring a huge change.

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