Natural Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

01 March 2011 Categories: Articles

Here’s a range of ideas to help you find relief from your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Ensure you’re getting your vitamins and minerals

The lining of your digestive tract is made up of epithelial tissue just like the cells of the skin and can become very inflamed. Epithelial cells are very dependent on vitamin C and vitamin A for its health and integrity. Vitamin C is also very valuable for healing lesions and inflammation within the gastro-intestinal tract, and a non acidic or buffered one would be better, to prevent irritation.

Zinc is an important mineral for tissue health and a good antioxidant. It is important for healing especially, in the small intestine where the cells of the lining are replaced every four days. A liquid zinc would be better for absorption. Other natural anti-oxidants such as Pine Bark and Grape Seed may also be helpful.

Essential Fatty Acids such as Omega 3 and 6 are very important for gut health. The body cannot manufacture them so they must be consumed within our diet. They interact with each other so the balance is crucial for good health. They have an anti-inflammatory effect and maintain healthy epithelial tissue.

Another wonderful anti-inflammatory is Serrapeptase, a naturally occurring enzyme that comes from the silk worm, where it is used for instantly dissolving the hard cacoon, to allow the moth to escape. The silk worm also uses it to help digest the tough mulberry leaves that it feeds on. Serrapeptase has a specific anti-inflammatory effect digests non-living tissue, blood clots, cysts and inflammation of all forms. It is the safest and most effective solution to inflammation of all kinds.

All these wonderful vitamins and minerals are available as supplements.

Find Out Your Food Sensitives

Discovering what food sensitivities you may have, is a must. You can do this at home with an elimination diet, starting with a very limited number of foods and then slowly re-introducing foods to see what reaction you get.

Manage your Stress Levels

If your stressed this can play havoc on your gut. Try some relaxation techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and thought-changing techniques which can help you reduce your stress level, slow your heart rate and reduce the amount of stress chemicals released by your brain.

One of the best meditation tapes that I would highly recommend is the Holosync system, that instantly, and gently, puts you into deep states of meditation. In fact, Holosync creates even deeper meditation than that achieved by veteran Zen monks.

Regular exercise, like jogging, walking, swimming and yoga, can improve your overall health, relieve tension in the body and reduce stress chemicals found in the blood stream. 30 minutes a day can work wonders on the effects of stress on your IBS.

Try an Anti-Parasite Remedy

Most of us don’t know if we have an unwanted guest living inside our intestine. Parasites can cause havoc with our bodily systems often leading to IBS related symptoms. Usually a combination of herbs works best to destroy parasites at all stages of their cycles.

Some of the natural remedies you can try include:

Clove oil, which is an antiseptic, bactericidal and anti-parasitic.
Wormwood, Artemesia Absinthium & Annua and green hulls of black walnuts are traditional Western herbs for parasites.
Others to try are Barberry, Agrimony, Garlic, Oregon grape root, Golden Seal, Pau D’Arco and Prickly Ash.

Colonic Irrigation

Impacted faeces are toxic and these toxins can re- enter the blood and circulate making us feel ill, tired or weak. Also impacted materials reduce the colons ability to assimilate minerals and vitamins.

Colonic irrigation is a way of cleansing, exercising and toning the bowel, using warm purified water inserted via the rectum through a tube. The water temperature and pressure is carefully controlled by the therapist. The practitioner may also use special massage techniques to stimulate the release of stored faecal matter.


The difference between enemas and colonic irrigation is that with enemas the liquid is held in for as long as possible for it to work on the impacted faeces. There are many types of enemas such as water, soap, oil retention, saline and coffee. Coffee enemas have been used for hundreds of years and are generally regarded as being safe.

Probiotics (Good Bacteria)

Probiotics are supplements containing beneficial bacteria found in the human digestive tract that promote good gut health. They help by normalising digestion and boosting the absorption of nutrients from the diet. They also help the body make the B vitamins which are known as nature’s own stress busters, and so help the symptoms even when stress levels are high.

Digestive Enzymes

Most people over the age of 30 are deficient in digestive enzymes inhibiting their body from absorbing the nutrients it requires to sustain good health. This in turn will cause their health to degrade, accelerate the ageing process and disease then follows.

Taking enzymes will promote food digestion, waste elimination and bioavailability of the nutrients in the food and therefore increase the energy levels.