IBS Herbal Remedies used in my clinic

The IBS herbal remedies I use are for the purpose of correcting the problem, not just to treat your symptoms. And they are very helpful in the majority of the folks who use them.

These herbal remedies are from traditional Chinese Medicine and they work well - when you chose the right one. Important - see the patterns I list below.

Why Chinese Remedies rather than Western medicines?

Drugs might make you feel better... until the next time the problem flares up. Why? Because anti-diarrhea and anti-spasmodic drugs treat diarrhea and spasm. And guess what? ...

Those are only symptoms. The cause of your IBS is not treated!

Not so with IBS herbal remedies used in Oriental medicine. Here's why...

The Chinese have had hundreds of years to study IBS and determined seven different types of malfunctions that occur in folks with IBS (called "Patterns"), and, more importantly, what herbs correct those imbalances.

The Types Of IBS and Their Remedies

Here's those seven basic patterns, and the IBS herbal remedy (available at many online sites) used in my clinic that help people with irritable bowel syndrome.

Don't be afraid of the "foreign sounding" Chinese names of these herbal formulas - "foreign sounding" isn't the same thing as bad... particularly when the "familiar sounding" hasn't worked for you.

Read each of these. See which one makes you say "Hey... that kind of sounds like me!"

Pattern #1

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea (worse when you over-work)
  • Abdominal pain (often feels better when you press on the painful area)
  • Gas, bloating
  • Possibly hemorrhoids

Herbal remedy - Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Pattern #2

  • Most of the above symptoms, plus:
  • Nausea
  • Feeling of heaviness
  • Incomplete bowel movements
  • Possibly constipation
  • Stools have mucus

Herbal remedy - Shen Ling Bai Zhu San.

Pattern #3

  • Severe pain
  • You want to curl up for relief
  • You don't like to be touched (especially your abdomen)
  • Most likely constipation

Herbal remedy - Da Jian Zhong Tang

Pattern #4

  • Feel cold generally
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Diarrhea early in the morning
  • Undigested food in your stool
  • Low back pain
  • Low sex drive

Herbal remedy - Si Shen Wan

Pattern #5

  • Small, pebble shaped stools
  • Abdominal distension (especially beneath the ribs)
  • Symptoms worse with stress
  • Depression or feeling stressed
  • Nausea
  • Belching
  • Acid reflux
  • Irregular or painful periods (women)
Herbal remedy - Liu Mo Tang

Pattern #6

  • Irritability
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal distension
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea
  • Symptoms worse with stress or anger

Herbal remedy- Xiao Yao Wan

Pattern #7

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea with:
  • With a sense of urgency
  • Explosive
  • Burning sensation
  • Strong odor
  • Stuffy feeling in chest
  • Heavy feeling in body

Herbal remedy - Ge Gen Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang

Again, these remedies are available online at Oriental herbal outlines.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine Formula & Strategies, Eastland Press, Inc. (Bensky & Barolet)
The Web That Has No Weaver. Congdon and Weed (Kaptchuk, Ted)
The Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Churchill Livingstone (Maciocia, Giovanni)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A TCM Perspective (Balfour,Antonia) www.balfourhealing.com/treatment-ibs.html

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