Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS or spastic colon) is a functional bowel disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits in the absence of any detectable organic cause. In some cases, the symptoms are relieved by bowel movements.

Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate (classified as IBS-D, IBS-C or IBS-A, respectively). IBS may begin after an infection (post-infectious, IBS-PI), a stressful life event, or onset of maturity without any other medical indicators. Irritable Bowel Syndrome causes several conditions including celiac disease, mild infections, parasitic infections like giardiasis, several inflammatory bowel diseases, functional chronic constipation, and chronic functional abdominal pain.Irritable bowel syndrome causes, in some cases, severe itching and burning sensation on the head, described as the Irritable bowel syndrome scalp.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Abnormal bowel habits
  • Painless diarrhea
  • Painless constipation
  • Alternating diarrhea & constipation
  • Vague colicky abdominal pain
  • Flatulence relieved by belching
  • Capricious appetite
  • Symptoms get aggravated by emotional stress

Diagnosis & Testing

There is no test to diagnose IBS, but tests may be done to rule out other problems:

  • Blood tests to see if you have a low blood count (anaemia)
  • Stool cultures to rule out an infection

Our Approach

Nidhana & Samprapthi

From an Ayurvedic perspective, Grahani is caused due to the vitiation of vata and pitta doshas. Accumulation of toxins or ama, could also lead to this disease condition. Excessive intake of spicy, oily foods, irregular food habits can cause an aggravation in the disease condition. Grahani may also develop due to excess stress. AyurVAID is in the forefront in providing ayurvedic treatment for irritable bowel syndrome in Bangalore.

Management

Irritable bowel syndrome Treatment principles include Nidhana Parivarchana, Agni Deepana, Grahithwam – Withholding capacity, psychosocial issues and encourage Self-Management.

The AyurVAID protocol is based on the simple premise that the Physician must diagnose and treat only based on sufficient evidence. This evidence should be ‘patient or rogi based’ in addition to being ‘disease or roga based’ in accordance with the fundamental principles of Ayurveda.

How is this made possible?
  • A thorough and complete recording of the patient’s medical history, capturing every minute aspect of his/her lifestyle.
  • A thorough head-to-toe clinical examination, uncovering health risk factors that the patient is unaware of, directly connected or unrelated with his presenting medical complaint(s).
  • This process of detailed history recording and clinical examination- which includes the classical Srotha-Vikrti pariksha – leads to an accurate understanding of the Dosha status of the individual and lays the foundation for an accurate differential diagnosis and medical management.
  • Further, the patient is entitled to be clearly informed about the diagnosis arrived at, as also understand the medical management proposed for him. The Physician shall proceed only with the patient’s informed concurrence.

Key Outcomes

IBS can be managed with Ayurveda by treating with medicines that strengthens the digestive system & by bringing good changes to the food habits, lifestyle & general mental status.

Frequently Asked Questions

1 What is IBS?
IBS is a functional GIT disorder characterized with abdominal pain, bloating &altered bowel movements.
2. Does poor mental health play any role in IBS?
Yes, majority of the patients with IBS has mental issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, panic disorders etc.
3.What are the diet changes to be made by an IBS patient?
Avoid trigger foods such as alcohol, caffeine products, dairy products, fatty food, too much insoluble fiber & food with artificial sweeteners, Add moderate amount of soluble fibre to the diet & probiotics.

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