From an Ayurvedic point of view irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a collection of bowel symptoms related to disturbed digestive fire, or what Ayurveda terms agni.
As I have written in the past most people’s agni is not up to par. The reason for this is quite simple. The concept of agni is not even in our health vocabulary. How would you know about it and hence take care of it if you don’t know it exists?
This is a significant problem for the present day health consumer but unfortunately he or she is duped by the allopathic or matter science model of medicine into believing it is complete.
Suffice it to say the majority of the population suffers from symptoms of IBS.
The Symptoms of IBS
The types of IBS fall into four categories: Vata, Pitta, Kapha and combination patterns. By far and away the latter makes up the majority of those affected by symptoms.
The most common symptom of IBS is bloating after eating for short or extended periods of time.
Many people don’t know that they bloat and some who have an exaggerated bloat know it very well. Abdominal distention occurs as a result of the gaseous bowel distention. Other symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, or a mixture of diarrhea and constipation. At times flatulence or excessive gas that may be malodorous may occur.
When the Kapha energy pattern is manifested in large degree mucous will be present in the stools but the worst IBS of all is when the mucous becomes dried in the GI tract. This creates a marked problem for elimination. This latter group of IBS can become severely debilitated professionally, physically, and often emotionally drained due to the chronicity of the disease.
This is the ultimate in the manifestation of IBS and allopathic or matter science has little to offer in such cases.
IBS And IC Go Together
The bowel dysfunction related to disturbed agni is fundamental to the unfolding causative process of interstitial cystitis.
IBS as part of the IC bladder pain syndrome (interstitial cystitis, IBS, chronic prostatitis, vulvodynia, and fibromyalgia) is the cause of the accumulation and migration of the vibrational frequencies of hot, mobile, dry, rough, heavy, static into the pelvic nerves leading to the symptoms of the pelvic syndrome itself.
So treating IC requires that IBS is treated as well.
There are essentially two levels of therapy for any energetic imbalance in the mind-body. The first level is to stop the condition from getting any worse. The second level is to remove the offending vibrational frequencies using specific therapeutic modalites that have already been discussed.
But one of the integral therapies in IBS treatment is to deal with the root cause of the problem…..disturbed agni. This is paramount to successful management and since allopathic medicine or the matter science doesn’t even have the concept all bets are off that IBS management will be successful.
There are many ways to promote better agni. CCF tea (cumin, coriander, fennel), agni tea, ginger tea are all about promoting better, balanced agni. Herbs can be very impactful in this regard and it’s beyond the scope of this dialogue today to address them.
Using a nutritional format appropriate for your energy constitution and avoiding incompatible food combinations can be very helpful in not aggravating the condition. In this regard the daily use of churnas is very advantageous.
A specific pranayama (sequence of breathing exercises) can really help impaired disturbed agni by balancing it. Dependent on the severity of the IBS other methods can be employed. And yoga asana practice has been successfully employed in allopathic or matter science literature.
As in all healing work however it’s not just one thing that creates health….a multifaceted approach is required to bring about real healing and the eradication of the IC bladder pain syndrome completely.
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