Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a digestive disorder that affects the colon or large intestine. IBS is sometimes also called spastic colon or spastic colitis. It is the most common digestive disorder and affects 10 to 15% of adults at some time in their lives. Irritable bowel syndrome encompasses a group of symptoms including abdominal pain, soft frequent stools or diarrhea. Abdominal pain and cramping may also be accompanied by constipation.

Ayurveda describes many different digestive disorders that would fit into the category of IBS. Any of the body energies may be aggravated and toxins are usually present in such cases. Ayurvedic treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome involves alleviating the aggravated body energies, restoring the function of the digestive system and the elimination of accumulated toxins. As stress is often a significant cause of this disorder, an important line of treatment consists of lifestyle guidance and herbs to nourish the mind and nervous system.

    • Abdominal pain or cramping
    • A bloated feeling
    • Gas
    • Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
    Mucus in the stool


Food moves through the intestinal tract by synchronized wavelike contractions called peristalsis. Irritable bowel syndrome occurs when these peristaltic movements become disturbed affecting the digestive process. It is not known what exactly causes peristalsis to become irregular however some of the reasons said to cause IBS are:

  • Stress is said to be the primary cause of IBS
  • Food sensitivities can cause digestive problems
  • Overeating or binge eating can cause abdominal cramps
  • Too much fat in the diet
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Sugar substitutes such as sorbitol and aspartame can cause diarrhea
  • Smoking
  • Antibiotics
  • Tricyclic antidepressants can cause constipation
  • Antihistamines
  • Antipsychotics and sedatives can also cause constipation
  • Antacids, morphine and codeine can cause stomach upsets.

Diet & Lifestyle:
  • Avoid consumption of caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages.
  • If gas is a problem for you, you might want to avoid foods that tend to make gas worse including beans, cabbage and citrus fruits.
  • Drink ginger tea or chew raw ginger to reduce inflammation caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Home Remedy:

Prepare tea by boiling one teaspoon of flaxseed in a cup of water. Drink it at night.

Take one teaspoon of Psyllium Husks (Isabgol) with half cup of fresh yogurt one hour after dinner.

Note: Medicine should be taken according to vaidya/docter

Treatment with Remedies