Learning To Live With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (commonly known as IBS) cannot be defined by any one specific ailment. It involves many symptoms that plaque the digestive process as a whole. It is one of the more difficult medical conditions to diagnose due to the fact that the symptoms can mimic that of other intestinal problems. Symptoms vary from patient to patient, but the following are found to be the most common:

Diarrhea

Constipation

Change in bowel patterns over a two month period of time

The feeling of still having to go even after one has finished a bowel movement

Bloating, gas and abdominal pain, that is somewhat relieved after a bowel movement

Nausea

Mucus in the stool

If one suffers from two or more of the above symptoms for a month or more, it is recommended that a medical evaluation be sought after to rule out IBS or other possible abdominal disorders.

One may choose to start with a trusted family doctor for a routine check up. The doctor will take note of any symptoms, request blood work and have the patient give a stool sample. This test is completed by the patient at home and brought back to the lab where it can be evaluated and detect if there is any blood in the stool. A bloody stool can signify a number of things from a ruptured hemorrhoid to colon cancer. If blood is discovered in the stool sample, the patient will be referred to a gastroenterologist for further assessment. A colonoscopy may then be performed for further evaluation.

If the test confirms the diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, doctors have found that changes, especially to a patient’s diet, and stress management can greatly reduce the discomfort of this disease. There are foods that have become known as trigger foods that appear to agitate symptoms of IBS more than other foods and beverages. It has been proved that when these foods are avoided and other foods such as one’s with extra fiber are added to the patient’s diet the symptoms improve. Some of the most common foods that have been linked to igniting IBS symptoms include:

dairy products

red meat

nuts

alcohol

whole wheat and grains

caffeinated drinks

After examining this list,one may come to the conclusion that giving up eating is their only option. It’s not as bad as it seems and the avoidance of these trigger foods is to help get one’s IBS under control. The more time that goes on while following this regimen one may find that in time

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The bioflavonoids that have been used in clinical studies and
have shown positive hemorrhoid results. Bioflavonoids have been found to be most effective in helping to relieve and eliminate the symptoms of hemorrhoids. In addition they are useful in reducing enlarged veins in the rectum and in the legs (varicose veins.)

Add them to your plan in eliminating hemorrhoids. These are the types of bioflavonoids to use:

* Rutin – a bioflavonoid
* Daflon – a bioflavonoid that contain Diosmin
* hesperidin, which are found in citrus fruits.

Here’s where you can buy a bioflavonoid, which contains
rutin and hesperidin.

Bioflavonoid Website
http://www.femhealth.com/bioflavonoidcomplex.html

Rutin
Rutin is a bioflavonoid, which is effective in reducing
hemorrhoids. It does this by strengthening and improving
the permeability of the blood vessels and capillaries. Blood
vessels that have a high efficiency of allowing nutrients and
wastes to move in and out of their walls easily –
permeability – allow the area involved to recover from illness
quicker.

Here are some of the benefits of rutin:

* provides nutritional support to the circulatory systems
* provides nutrition to the eye capillaries and is used for
glaucoma
* prevents recurrent bleeding caused by weakened
blood vessels
* prevents blood vessel walls becoming fragile

In addition to treatment for hemorrhoids, rutin has been
found useful and effective for poor circulation, high blood
pressure, varicose veins, capillary fragility, and other
conditions where the blood vessels are weak.

In his booklet called Natural Remedies for What Ails
You, 1985, Mark Bricklin shares some testimonials about
the use of rutin,

“ ‘Last summer I was home visiting my mother. I had just returned from a long and very tiring trip, where I was on my feet all day every day. At this time I was having terrible pains and chills, and bleeding from hemorrhoids. I had
been having trouble for eight years and the doctors were recommending surgery. I had been in bed at my mother’s house for three days when she started me on rutin tablets. In one week, my hemorrhoids were gone: no bleeding or swelling. It has been a year this month and I have never been bothered again. –K.R., Oklahoma.’ “

Foods that contain rutin are:

* Buckwheat
* Lemons
* Oranges
* Grapes
* Plums
* Apricots,
* Cherries,
* Blackberries,
* Green peppers,
* Currants

But most foods do not contain enough rutin to help your hemorrhoids. So it best to use a supplement. There are however some herbs that are high in rutin.

* Wild pansy flowers – one flower has up to 20 mg of
rutin
* Violets
* Eucalyptus leaf
* Mulberry leaf.

How to use rutin

Take from 30 to 60 mg of rutin three times a day. Use the
high dose for severe cases and the lower dose for mild
cases. Use Vitamin C with rutin to make rutin’s curative
powers even more effective. You can experiment with the dose by taking up to 100 mg of rutin per day.

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Asian Herbs

I have found Chinese herb formulations quite effective in treating hemorrhoid symptoms. It is now easy to find these herbs, since there are Chinese herb store in most cities. If not, it is easy to go to the Internet and find what you need.

These herbs usually come in pill form; but you can also get storeowners to mix you a formulation of dried herbs by simply telling them what ailment you are trying to treat. Most herbal stores usually have an acupuncturist that can diagnose your problem and prescribe a precise herbal combination.

These Chinese hemorrhoid herbs contain chemicals that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, increase blood circulation, and lift Chi. Chi is the life force that powers all body and mind functions.

When checking these Chinese formulations just make sure the manufacturers note that they are low in heavy metals.

FARGELIN

FARGELIN – HUA ZHI LING WAN (hemorrhoid pills) contains the following herbs: San-Qi Ginseng Root, Baikal Skullcap Root, Sophora Flower, Callicarpa Leaf, Amber, Burnet-Bloodwort Root, Pig Gallbladder, Corydalis Root and Stem.

Fargelin promotes anal health and should not be used if you are pregnant.

HUAI JIAO WAN

Another herbal combination is HUAI JIAO WAN. It helps shrinks, reduces pain, and stops hemorrhoid bleeding. It contains the following herbs: Sophora japonica fruit, Sanguisorba officinalis root, Scutellaria baicalensis root, Citrus aurantium fruit-ripe, Ledebouriella divaricata root, Angelica sinensis root.

JING WAN HUNG

A third Chinese herbal hemorrhoid remedy is JING WAN HUNG or Ching Wan Huang (ointment.) It relieves hemorrhoid pain, burning, and itching. It contains the following herbs: Lobelia 27.5%, Myrrh 17.5%, Tang-kuei 12%, Borneol 12%, Sanguisorba 8.5%, Chaenomeles 8.5%, Frankincense 8.5%, Carthamus 8.5%, Pistacia.

You can buy any one of these combination at: www.seaofchi.com

Use these herbal combinations for only a week. If you don’t see any improvement, stop using them and see your medical practitioner.

Because there are many manufacturers of this herbal combination there will be variations in the ingredients and quality. Buy only from those companies that guarantee the quality of their product.

Incoming search terms for the article:

Asian Herbs

I have found Chinese herb formulations quite effective in treating hemorrhoid symptoms. It is now easy to find these herbs, since there are Chinese herb store in most cities. If not, it is easy to go to the Internet and find what you need.

These herbs usually come in pill form; but you can also get storeowners to mix you a formulation of dried herbs by simply telling them what ailment you are trying to treat. Most herbal stores usually have an acupuncturist that can diagnose your problem and prescribe a precise herbal combination.

These Chinese hemorrhoid herbs contain chemicals that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, increase blood circulation, and lift Chi. Chi is the life force that powers all body and mind functions.

When checking these Chinese formulations just make sure the manufacturers note that they are low in heavy metals.

FARGELIN

FARGELIN – HUA ZHI LING WAN (hemorrhoid pills) contains the following herbs: San-Qi Ginseng Root, Baikal Skullcap Root, Sophora Flower, Callicarpa Leaf, Amber, Burnet-Bloodwort Root, Pig Gallbladder, Corydalis Root and Stem.

Fargelin promotes anal health and should not be used if you are pregnant.

HUAI JIAO WAN

Another herbal combination is HUAI JIAO WAN. It helps shrinks, reduces pain, and stops hemorrhoid bleeding. It contains the following herbs: Sophora japonica fruit, Sanguisorba officinalis root, Scutellaria baicalensis root, Citrus aurantium fruit-ripe, Ledebouriella divaricata root, Angelica sinensis root.

JING WAN HUNG

A third Chinese herbal hemorrhoid remedy is JING WAN HUNG or Ching Wan Huang (ointment.) It relieves hemorrhoid pain, burning, and itching. It contains the following herbs: Lobelia 27.5%, Myrrh 17.5%, Tang-kuei 12%, Borneol 12%, Sanguisorba 8.5%, Chaenomeles 8.5%, Frankincense 8.5%, Carthamus 8.5%, Pistacia.

You can buy any one of these combination at: www.seaofchi.com

Use these herbal combinations for only a week. If you don’t see any improvement, stop using them and see your medical practitioner.

Because there are many manufacturers of these herbal combination there will be variations in the ingredients and quality. Buy only from those companies that guarantee the quality of their product.

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids (or piles are they are more commonly known) are simply the veins in your anus which have become distended (swollen with blood). This is very similar to varicose veins, where the vein becomes large and lumpy, only these veins are around the anus which makes it a bit more embarrassing.

The vein swelling can affect the part of the anal canal just above the sphincter where it is less well supported and protected causing Internal Hemorrhoids. Or it can affect the veins at the lower end of the canal causing External Hemorrhoids. Either of these types can exhibit the same kinds of symptoms and are generally quite uncomfortable in most cases.

Hemorrhoids affect approximately 50% of the population and appear to be distributed evenly across both male and females although anecdotally, it appears that pregnant women are quite susceptible to this condition.

What are the symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

There are a number of symptoms of Hemorrhoids which as is usual with most medical symptoms could be any one of a number of medical conditions. The best advice anyone could receive if they’re not sure, is to see a doctor as soon as possible. Some of the other conditions which have similar symptoms to Hemorrhoids range from things like threadworm and colon cancer. It is always best to go to your doctor and find out that you have nothing to worry about than to not go and only find out when the condition has become a lot worse than it could have been.

The main symptoms of Hemorrhoids are

Passing bowel movements are painful.

You have an itchy anus.

There are one or more painful or tender fleshy lumps in the anus area.

There is a feeling that your bowels are never empty.

Normally these symptoms are at worst uncomfortable and don’t stop you from conduction your day to day business. However, in a few rare situations, they can be very painful if they are associated with a splitting of the anus (known as an anal fissure).

What is the treatment for Hemorrhoids?

In most instances, Hemorrhoids can be treated successfully without any professional medical intervention. Despite that though, as I mentioned earlier, it is always best to consult a doctor if you’re unsure or the condition lasts for more than a couple of weeks.

Some examples of the treatment for hemorrhoids are to eat a lot of foods rich in fibre. This can help to prevent constipation which can aggravate the condition.

Closely related to constipation, is to avoid straining and to use soft toilet tissue. Then wash the area with warm water.

From all pharmacies, you should be able to buy some creams over the counter called Corticosteroids which contain a local anaesthetic and will soothe the pain and discomfort. They are not recommended for long term use though.

There are three other treatments which all require you to visit a medical practitioner.

The first is where a chemical is injected into the hemorrhoid which causes them to shrivel up.

The second way, is called Banding. Where a rubber band is placed around the base of the hemorrhoid. The Hemorrhoid then shrinks and eventually falls off.

The final option is surgery called hemorrhoidectomy which is only conducted very rarely as less traumatic methods named above are used. This option would normally be used on internal hemorrhoids which are very large.