IBS is a condition of the colon and/or rectum where a person experiences a series of symptoms, such as lower abdominal pain/spasms, diarrhea, and/or constipation.
IBS is called as Grahani in Ayurveda. Grahani is the seat of Agni (Digestive fire) and is called so because of holding up the food. Normally, it holds up the food (till it is digested) and releases it from the side after it is digested. But when it is deranged due to weak digestive fire it releases the ingested material (Ama) even in unripe condition. It would result in symptoms such as - thirst, lassitude, debility, delayed digestion, spasms, alternate diarrhea / constipation and heaviness in body.
Grahani (IBS) is such a disease where with much precaution in diet, lifestyle and using herbs you can keep it in check. There are plenty of things you can do to take some of the irritability out of your bowels.
- 1. Try changing your diet.
- 2. Avoid excess tea, coffee, alcohol, cola, and carbonated beverages.
- 3. You should eat slowly and in a relaxed environment as possible don’t eat during indigestion, or eating irregularly.
- 4. Avoid intake of unsuitable food, heavy, cold, contaminated or too sweet food, which is heavy to digest.
- 5. Omit strong spices; too oily i.e. fried food, fatty foods, and flatus alleviating foods.
- 6. Tobacco should be eliminated entirely. Avoid all forms of tobacco, including smoking, chewing or snuffing.
- 7. It is important to eliminate nervous tension if possible.
- 8. Train your bowel, it is an important part of managing irritable bowel symptoms, when the problem is mostly constipation.
- 9. Don’t suppress the urge of urine & stool.
- 10. Take fiber rich diet in case of constipation.