IBS is believed to be caused by and extremely sensitive large
intestine. This sensitivity can be the results of stress, imbalance of
bacteria in the intestines and abnormal levels of serotonin. Typically muscles
in the gastrointestinal tract move in a coordinated manner as food passes from
the stomach to the rectum. In the case of IBS, muscle movements are either much
stronger or much slower causing either diarrhea or constipation.
IBS may affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients,
creating more issues for the person.
Up to 60 percent of IBS patients also experience
anxiety and depression.
IBS symptoms typically come and go, making a clear diagnosis
difficult. Besides a person’s medical history and a physical exam, the
following tests may also be performed to help determine whether or not a person
Argentum nitricum Digestive upsets accompanied by nervousness and anxiety. Greenish
diarrhea. Bloating, rumbling flatulence, nausea can be sudden
and intense. Diarrhea may come on immediately after drinking water. Eating
too much sweet or salty food may also lead to problems. A person who needs
this remedy tends to be expressive, impulsive and claustrophobic and may
have blood sugar problems.
Asafoetida Sensation of a lump is moving up from
the stomach or a bubble is stuck in the throat. Even though the abdomen
feels inflated, the person cannot pass gas in either direction. Constipation
alternates with diarrhea that can be profuse, watery and explosive. The
person may regurgitate small amounts of food.
One study indicated those patients
who took Asafoetida
for IBS experienced more improvement than those taking a placebo.
Constipation brings on griping pains. Diarrhea can be explosive. Strong
emotional or “hysterical” element when this remedy is needed.
Stomach nausea and faintness when rising up. Abnormal hunger, loss of taste.
Thirst for large amounts of drinks. Vomiting of bile and water immediately after eating.
Worse, warm drinks, which are vomited. Stomach sensitive to touch. Pressure in
stomach after eating, as of a stone. Soreness in stomach when coughing.
Dyspeptic ailments during summer heat. Sensitiveness of epigastrium to touch. Liver region swollen, sore, tense. Burning pain, stitches; worse,
pressure, coughing, breathing. Tenderness of abdominal walls. Constipation; stools hard, dry, as if burnt; seem too large.
brown, thick, bloody; worse in morning, from moving, in hot weather, after being
heated, from cold drinks, every spell of hot weather.
Colocynthis Cutting pains and cramping. Person bends over double or needs to lie down and
press on the abdomen. Cramps may be felt in the area of the pubic bone. Pain
is likely to be worse just before the diarrhea passes and after eating
fruit or drinking water. Problems tend to be aggravated by emotions
including indignation or anger that is suppressed. Back pain, leg
pain and gall bladder problems are sometimes seen when this remedy is
Frequent unsuccessful efforts to move the bowels all day. Sudden diarrhea
the next morning. Lump in the rectum, worse when standing up. Hemorrhoids
may develop. Constricting feelings are felt in the chest. Worse from
excitement and strong emotions. Irritable or even with rage.
Lycopodium Chronic digestive discomforts and bowel problems. Bloating and a feeling of
fullness come on early in a meal or shortly after. Large amount of gas.
Heartburn and stomach pain are common. Person may feel better from rubbing
the abdomen. Worse between 4 - 8 p.m. May have a
ravenous appetite. May get up in the middle of the night to eat. Problems
with self-confidence. Worried facial expression. Craves sweets. Prefers warm
Stomach has green, bilious vomiting. Epigastrium very sensitive.
Abdomen has a bruised sensation; cecal region and transverse colon painful. Bloated;
very painful to least touch. Stool
as diarrhea, dysentery; tenesmus, not relieved by stool; incessant. Stool is
slimy, offensive, with cutting pains and shreds of mucous membrane.
Natrum carbonicum Mild people who have trouble digesting and assimilating many foods and have
to stay on restricted diets. Indigestion, heartburn, and even ulcers may
occur if offending foods. Intolerant of milk ordinary products can lead to
gas and sputtery diarrhea with an empty feeling in the stomach. Cravings for
potatoes and sweets and sometimes also milk. Makes an effort to be cheerful
and considerate. Feels weak and sensitive wants to be alone to rest.
Nux Moschata Stomach has excessively bloating. Flatulent dyspepsia. Hiccough, and craving for
highly-seasoned food. Paralytic weakness of intestines. Enormously distended. Stool is soft,
and yet is unable to expel it, even with long straining. Faintness during or
after stool. Protruding piles.
Nux vomica Abdominal pains and bowel problems accompanied by tension, constricting
sensations, chilliness, and irritability can indicate a need for this
remedy. Soreness in the muscles of the abdominal wall, as well as painful
gas and cramps are common. Firm pressure on the abdomen brings some relief.
When constipated, the person has an urge to move the bowels, but only small
amounts come out. The person may experience a constant feeling of uneasiness
in the rectum. After diarrhea has passed, the pain may be eased for a little
while. A person who needs this remedy often craves strong spicy foods,
alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and other stimulants—and usually feels worse from
Abdominal pain and cramping with a gurgling,
sinking, empty feeling are followed by watery, offensive-smelling
diarrhea—alternating with constipation, or pasty yellow bowel movements
containing mucus. Things tend to be worse in the very early morning, and the
person may feel weak and faint or have a headache afterward. Rubbing the
abdomen (especially on the right) may help relieve discomfort. A person who
needs this remedy may also experience stiffness in the joints and muscles.
Sulphur Sudden urge toward diarrhea wakes the
person early in the morning, typically five a.m. and makes them hurry to
the bathroom. Diarrhea can come on several times a day. The person may, at
other times, be constipated and have gas with an offensive and pervasive
smell. Oozing around the rectum, as well as itching, burning, and red
irritation may also be experienced. A person who needs this remedy may tend
to have poor posture and back pain, and feel worse from standing up too
Stools large, with much straining until exhausted, with cold sweat. Diarrhea
very painful, watery, copious, and forcibly evacuated, followed by great
prostration. Evacuations of cholera morbus and true cholera when vomiting
accompanies the purging.
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