IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common gastrointestinal disorder that influences the function of the intestines and has a severe impact on quality of life.
Over 11.2% of people worldwide and close to 6.2% of the Indian population today suffer from IBS. And the suffering worsens due to the fact that no traditional medication offers a safe approach to managing the condition.
On the contrary, they exhibit harmful side effects such as abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, etc., that worsen the disorder. Ayurveda, on the other hand, offers a holistic approach to managing such disorders and improving the overall quality of a patient’s life.
Let us see how this ancient Indian medicinal system approaches IBS.
Understanding IBS from Ayurvedic Perspective
According to Ayurveda, IBS is called Grahani, which refers to the small intestine’s retaining ability. The exact cause of IBS is not known in modern western medicine. But Ayurvedic science considers a poor digestive system the major cause of IBS.
An improper and weak digestive system leads to most of the food is left undigested, which causes the accumulation of toxins in the system. As a result, the digestive organs do not work efficiently, the bowel loses control, and its absorption capability gets weakened.
As per Ayurveda doctors, the main factors that lead to IBS include:
- Excessive fasting
- Not having sufficient gaps between meals
- Eating foods that are fried, spicy, oily, salty, greasy, cold, dry, or junk in excess
- Improper sleep habits
- Physical or mental stress
- Constant travel
- Weakened immune system
- Side effects of chronic illnesses, etc.
The major symptoms of IBS include severe abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, stomach discomfort, irregular and altered bowel movements, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, nausea, and fatigue. Besides that, IBS can even lead to psychological symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, and depression.
Managing IBS with Ayurveda Medicare
One of the most important medications prescribed by Ayurveda Medicare for IBS management is the herb Vijaya. To understand why this is so, we must first look at one of the most vital systems in the human body, the ECS, which plays a key role in Vijaya’s effectiveness in IBS management.
The ECS refers to the Endocannabinoid system. It regulates crucial bodily functions, such as nervous response, immunity, metabolism, digestion, and even pain and inflammation.
The ECS’s cannabinoid receptors are spread throughout the body, including the digestive organs. When people consume Vijaya, its chemical compounds called cannabinoids activate the cannabinoid receptors in the dedicated areas. This enables the herb to take control of the ECS work towards alleviating the painful symptoms of IBS.
It is because of this action that Vijaya gets a direct influence on the body’s digestive system. Hence it not only manages IBS but also reduces its risk of occurring in the future by enhancing the body’s digestive system and its ability to absorb crucial nutrients from the food.
This way, unlike conventional medication, the herb attacks the root cause of the condition instead of just the symptoms, which is why it is a revered herb in Ayurveda Medicare.
Vijaya’s action is not only limited to the receptors in the intestines, but it also stimulates the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and the central nervous system to directly influence the pain-processing areas and pathways in the body. It therefore effectively helps the symptoms like pain, cramping, and bloating associated with IBS.
This is why Vijaya is known and revered for its robust pain-relieving properties and has a very long and well-documented history of being used to alleviate all kinds of pain in people.
Vijaya for Inflammation in IBS
As per a study conducted by researchers in Singapore, inflammation plays a role in causing IBS. The intestine has a thin and moist inner lining called the mucosa. It is vital for digestion as well as absorbing the nutrients from foods.
When people consume excess foods that are fatty, oily, sweet, etc., they make the intestinal immune system sensitive and cause inflammatory reactions in the immune mucosal cells. And this inflammation harms the function of intestinal microorganisms, weakens the digestive processes, and hence leads to IBS symptoms.
It is interesting to know that besides alleviating pain, Vijaya is known for its strong anti-inflammatory characteristics. On consumption, it stimulates the cannabinoid receptors in the immune system, which allows it to regulate the body’s immunity and prevent the immune cells from producing inflammatory reactions, hence providing relief from IBS to the people.
Bilwadi Churna for IBS
There are numerous ways to consume Vijaya, but Ayurveda doctors prescribe bilwadi churna for IBS. It is a potent Ayurvedic formulation and digestive stimulant used to alleviate digestive disorders such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, dysentery, diarrhea, etc.
This churna is completely made of natural herbs, making it safe for consumption. It effectively helps reduce conditions like abdominal pain, cramps, discomfort, gas, dysentery, diarrhea, and other symptoms in IBS patients.
And it does so without showing any harmful side effects on health, which is why more people prefer it over traditional forms of treatment.
The reason Ayurvedic experts strongly recommend Bilwadi Churna for IBS is that it contains Vijaya among other digestive herbs such as Dhania (Coriander), Saunf (fennel seeds), Hing (Asafetida), Sonth (dry ginger), etc. that stimulate the digestive enzymes to improve digestion and metabolism.
This prevents the foods from being left undigested and accumulating toxins inside the body and hence helps people efficiently manage IBS and its symptoms.
To know more about how you can leverage Vijaya to provide yourself relief from conditions like IBS and make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes to support it, contact Hempstreet Medicare and get the right consultation from the best Ayurvedic experts.