Thousands of years back, our rishis had established the fact that only a balanced mind can bring health and harmony in the body. The science of Ayurveda has associated certain organs with emotions which respond to the body’s intelligence. Till lately, English medicine has recognised this truth that our gut is our second brain!
Today many people are suffering from Irritating or Irregular bowl syndrome. Let’s look at some of the facts associated with it..
Ayurveda refers to Irritable Bowels as Grahani or Sangrahani. It is a psychosomatic lifestyle disorder marked by classical symptoms like loose motions and constipation etc. Weight loss may or may not occur and is related to the constitution of the patient.
Although known as a chronic disorder, it is observed to a large extent nowadays in young people; as young as 25 years of age. It manifests as a reaction to expressions of prolonged heightened emotions where the mind and body are involved. Other factors that can trigger of Irritable Bowels are severe anxiety, or deep seated fear along with wrong food habits and lifestyle.
Factors causing IBS
IBS largely happens because of nursing deep seated emotional turbulence’s from within and not giving the desired expressions. The body suffers the consequence of these agitated expressions which manifest in the form of acids released into the small intestines.
As a majority of these emotions manifest in the abdominal region; as a psychosomatic expression, a mixture of acids ( Ranjaka pitta ) agitate the tender walls of the intestines and consume the secondary mucosa. The intestines ,therefore become susceptible to certain foods which are harsh and incompatible to the person’s current constitution ( vikruti )
What will add to IBS?
1 Wrong food combinations
2 Frequent attacks of diarrhoea
3 Eating in anxiety, watching TV or using mobile while having food
4 Sleeping or lying down immediately after food
5 Late dinners (after 7.30pm) and sleeping late (after 10pm)
Dangers to health
3 Low immunity
5 Lack of confidence
Is it curable?
A patient suffers from Irritable Bowels because of a lack of clarity in his mind. Through active counselling and soothing therapies, a patient is able to establish harmony within himself and hence peace in his immediate environment is restored. Through correctly-advised diet and changes in lifestyle, an individual can be weened out of irritable bowels and normal health can be achieved successfully.
Successful management of IBS and complete healing can only happen with the patient’s active involvement in his own healing and the successful healing of IBS can only be managed through application of the sound principles and timely intervention as prescribed in ayurvedic texts.
Treatment and therapies
Panchakarma therapies play an important role in healing of IBS.
Powerful therapies like shirodhara, nasyam help in bringing in a balance to the emotional expressions which brings mental peace.
Pranayama and counselling sessions for the behavioral modifications are also given along with Panchakarma, if the stress levels are too high.