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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
What is it?
The symptoms come and go and there may be many years of respite between bouts. However, in some cases irritable bowel syndrome persist for months or years. The condition is also known as spastic colon and mucus colitis. The causes are still not firmly established. However, it is thought that stress may play a significant role in many cases. IBS restricts the contraction and relaxation of the rings of muscles in the walls of the gut which push down to the intestine into the colon and rectum and through the anus. When the sequence of muscle action is weak or disturbed, spasmodic pain with explosive water diarrhoea or constipation result. Usually the diarrhoea is worst in the morning and it may also contain slimy mucus. Cramp- like pain in the lower abdomen is common place but this is sometimes relieved by passing wind. Other symptoms may include back pain, a feeling of bloatedness, weakness and tiredness. IBS may also be the result of severe infection affecting thie intestine. Warning If you have any bleeding from the bowel, see your doctor immediately.
Bloatedness, constipation, diarrhoea, weakness, tiredness.
Conventional Practice:
Doctors diagnose irritable bowel syndrome by testing sample of faeces by X-raying the bowels, or by inserting an endoscope up into the rectum. Treatment is controlling the abnormal activity of the bowel wall muscles by relieving stress. Doctors may prescribe antispasmodic and anti-diarrhoeal drugs.
Alternative Treatments:
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info

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