Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Avoid Dairy, Drink Raw Milk
- B12, Bee Pollen
- Bentonite Clay
- Blackberry Liquid
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Blastocystis Hominis
- Bottled Water
- Catnip, Chamomile, Basil and Yogurt
- Chromium Picolinate
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Showers
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Suggestions, Aloe Vera, Multi Vitamins
- General Feedback
- Gluten Free Porridge
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
- IBS and Parasites
- IBS Linked to High Cortisol Levels
- IBS Remedies
- Konjac Mannan
- Lemon Juice
- Lemon Juice, Buttermilk, Calcium
- Lemon Water
- Multiple Remedies
- Non-Alcoholic Beer
- Peppermint Oil
- Peppermint Oil, Fennel, Ginger
- Remedies Needed
- Vegan Diet
- Wheatgrass Powder
Natural Remedies to Cure or Treat IBS
"In gastroenterology, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder characterized by abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits which are not associated with any abnormalities seen on routine clinical testing. It is fairly common and makes up 20-50% of visits to gastroenterologists. Lower abdominal pain, and bloating associated with alteration of bowel habits and abdominal discomfort relieved with defecation are the most frequent symptoms. The abdominal pain type is usually described in a patient as either diarrhea-predominant (IBS-D), constipation-predominant (IBS-C) or IBS with alternating stool pattern (IBS-A). In some individuals, IBS may have an acute onset and develop after an infectious illness characterised by two or more of the following: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or positive stool culture. This post-infective syndrome has consequently been termed post-infectious IBS (IBS-PI) and is acute onset Rome II criteria positive. This condition is more homogeneous, being mostly IBS-D and is drawing much clinical investigation." (Wikipedia)
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||8 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||5 YEAS|
[YEA] 08/04/2008: Annabell from Bakersfield, California: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome: I am 33 years old female with a sensitive stomach..Almost everything I consume always result in heavy gas and bloating. A friend recommended to take Charcoal pills..I have tried almost every prescription medications there is and was excited that charcoal is an old asian alternative medications. I take 1-2 capsule 1-2hours prior to eating..I make sure to have water intake at least 8 glasses a day. Within 1wk I felt immediate results, less bloating, irrability and back to having a regular bowel movement.
EC: Read more about Activated Charcoal here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/charcoal.html
08/04/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hi Annabelle, if your IBS has been a lifelong problem, try eliminating bleached flour from your foods - go with whole grain cereals and breads & pastas - or least unbleached flour. Eliminating bleached flour got rid of my lifelong digestive complaints - but whole grains also increases fiber in your diet and eliminates the constipation problems. Also when you cook beans (dry) add l/4 tsp. of ground ginger to a pound of beans. You won't taste the ginger but you will also have less gas. If you continue to have the gas/bloating on whole grains, you might need to be checked out for gluten intolerance. Of course you can check that out for yourself by leaving all all wheat products and see if it makes a difference."
Aloe Vera Juice
[YEA] 12/27/2006: Alex from Chicago, IL: "I cured myself of IBS with aloe vera juice, I used to have to sleep sitting up every night until I started taking aloe vera juice. Drink this every day for 3 months."Replies
04/28/2009: lyn from grapevine, tx replies: "Please keep in mind that aloe vera can deplete potassium from your body. Just a little fyi. I have seen it on lab values affect a patient's potassium level and she swore by aloe vera juice for everything."
09/25/2010: Eleonora from Athens, Greece replies: "HELLO ALEX! DID YOU STOP TAKING ALOE VERA JUICE AFTER 3 MONTHS AND YOU STILL HAVE NO SYMPTOMS? I KNOW TWO PEOPLE WHO CURED FROM CANCER JUST BY DRINKING ALOE VERA JUICE EVERY DAY! I JUST DIAGNOSED WITH IBS! I WILL TRY ALOE VERA JUICE AS YOU DID AND I HOPE TO BE CURED TOO BECAUSE I CANT LIVE WITH THIS FOR MY WHOLE LIFE! I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT IF IT CAN CURE CANCER THEN IT CAN CURE SOMETHING FAR MORE SIMPLE LIKE IBS!"
Apple Cider Vinegar Cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Teaspoon
- Water - 16 Oz
The mix of nutrients and digestive aids in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (ACV) can slow the digestive process, improve intestinal metabolism, and regulate the excretory system. Take the ACV tonic three times a day with meals—one teaspoon of ACV in a large glass of water (honey optional). Slowly increase the amount of ACV to 1-2 tablespoons per glass over time, as your body needs and tolerates it.
[YEA] 04/22/2010: Diane from Columbia, Missouri, Usa: "I'm a 48 yr old, post menopausal female. I was diagnosed with IBS about 14 yrs ago. I've had flare ups off and on over the years. It got much worse after going through menopause. No prescription meds seems to work. About a yr ago, I tried acupuncture and in less than 3 sessions I was basically "cured"...until I developed a hiatal hernia. the doc gave me omeprazole for the pain. I'm pretty sure that the medicine got rid of ALL the acid in my stomach, therefore my IBS flared up big time because my stomach was unable to digest food properly. The gas, bloating, cramping and irregular stools all came back with a vengence. thanks to this website, I decided to try ACV. After the first dose, I noticed improvement. After that, I've had no symptoms AT ALL. I've been drinking it for a week now. For myself, 1tbsp in about 8oz of water 3 times a day works for me. And it's unfiltered organic ACV with the 'mother'. I also noticed an immediate increase in energy which was a huge welcome! I did have some constipation for about 3 days, but I stuck it out and now I'm regular and "normal". I also feel like I am able to breath deeper now, which I was having trouble with before.I don't use the baking soda with the ACV because I just love the taste of vinegar anyway. I wouldn't drink it straight up though, because I think it would burn like the devil. I'm sure the vinegar is why I no longer have the symptoms from the hiatal hernia too, acid reflux, etc. Trying to pass this amazing "fix" on to friends and family..Mostly I just get funny looks. Oh well, their loss. I won't be without my ACV again. ps..haven't changed my diet in the least either. Thank you EC!"Replies
11/27/2010: Joy from Solana Beach, Ca replies: "I am amazed at how many people I've told about apple cider vinegar... And what a huge difference it made in my life... And they just ignore the idea of using apple cider vinegar. What a shame. It is an amazing cure for all kinds of things. I used to get terrible headaches nearly daily, used to have acid reflux and allergy symptoms... All that is gone because of Apple cider vinegar (with the mother)."
[YEA] 02/26/2011: Paula from Westhampton Beach, Ny replies: "I took your advice and have been drinking the ACV with Mother for 5 days. I feel much better and have noticed a little energy surge. Thanks so much for this great idea. What is funny is that my Dad drank ACV and honey every day way back in the 60's and my mom made us kids drink it too. I never knew why, maybe they knew about it's healing ability. :~)"
[YEA] 04/09/2011: Mikeh95 from Salem, Oh, United States replies: "Amazing how this instantly cured my IBS! I have been suffering with IBS for about a year now. I got IBS at age 14 and it really made high school a living hell. Now I'm currently 15 and I'm cured! The quality of life is so much better for me now. I recommend AVC to everyone with IBS, it works amazingly."
09/02/2011: Eric from Fulton, Missouri replies: "hey there Mikeh95u dont speak much of how u did it. Can u explain? or maybe I missed it.. Thank u my name is Eric btw.."
[YEA] 10/24/2011: Diane from Columbia, Missouri replies: "This is a follow-up to my original post back in April 2010. I'm still symptom free from my IBS because of the ACV. I haven't had any problems with it whatsoever since I started drinking the ACV. The good news is that now, I only drink it once in awhile for "maintenance". If you have IBS, you must give it a try."
12/11/2011: Hef from Mississauga, Ontario replies: "I have been using Organic Raw ACV for my IBS symptoms.... It worked really well after I added a little bit of baking soda and 1/4 tsp of Cayenne Pepper with a bit of Turmeric. Overall symptoms are significantly better now.
It keeps going and coming in cycles ... Every couple of week especially when I am not sleeping enough and work and family realted stress. I am working to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night and not to sleep late on the weekends and exercise more often at the gym."
[YEA] 02/06/2012: Happy To Have Found Acv from St. Johns, Nl, Canada replies: "I stumbled across ACV tablets because a friend was taking them to aid in weight loss. When she told me they made her quite regular I thought they might help me. I was dx with IBS about 5 or so years ago. I have been bloated without relief for the last 6 months. After taking just 1 tablet I noticed a difference that afternoon. For the first time in months I actually feel normal again.
I've been taking for 5 days now and I can't believe it. It's like a miracle cure!"
02/11/2012: Rhonda from Perth, Australia replies: "Thank you I am going to try the apple cider vinegar for sure. I suffer very bad ibs the pain gets you down. It can last for weeks. I have tried everything and had many test."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 10/23/2012: Zoltar from San Diego, Ca Usa replies: "For some reason whevener I take Vinegar it makes my joint hurt. I feel the pain in my bones! And seems to worsen IBS a bit."
01/09/2013: Pocketmonkey from Colmesneil, Texas replies: "What is ACV? I have chronic IBS, severe constipation and have had blockage 3 times this year. I have suffered for 6 weeks and could use some good suggestion."
EC: ACV - Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 01/20/2007: Dawn from Ekron, KY: "I have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for nearly 20 years. My worst symptom is chronic constipation. For a while I was unknowingly on a "natural" stimulant and didn't realize I was dependent on it to stay "regular". After two partial bowel obstructions I realized what had happened and have had trouble getting regular again without the aide of stimulants UNTIL Apple Cider Vinegar! I have been taking it three times each day since before Thanksgiving and have been regular with no other "help" aides for almost two months. To avoid the additional calories that come from taking ACV with honey or juices, I dilute mine with flavored carbonated water and it has become very easy to take."Replies
01/29/2012: Megan:) from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia replies: "HI, I am a 21 year old female, and have been suffering from IBS-D symtoms for about a year. It has made my job and studies extremly hard as I am always worried about needing to find the bathroom. I am trying the ACV with soda water. I have never heard of this before but I will stick it out! I would try almost anything. Heres hoping X"
04/21/2012: Shana from Boston, ma replies: "hey, , , have u seen any result yet? I am suffering from IBS for about 6 months now and I feel the world is worthless for me:( I dont know how to survive..."
05/10/2012: Anonymous from Plymouth, Ma replies: "I swear by ____ ACV with the "Mother" in it. I use it for cold remedys, upset stomachs, constipation, you name it! My son has been taking it for colds and other things since he was 10 years old. He actually asks me to make it when he's not feeling well. He hates the taste. Lol but he knows it will make him feel better. I generally put 2 tbsp of ______ ACV with 1 tbsp of honey in hot water. It makes a great tea and tastes like hot apple cider! You can even breath in the vapors from the tea for nasal and chest congestion. ______ ACV is truly a great home remedy and I recommend it to anyone who has never heard of it. Glad to hear it's helping others as well!"
[YEA] 11/19/2006: Suzi from Dayton, Ohio: "Apple Cider Vinegar cured my Sore throat, sinus infection, loose stools, gas, lack of energy, depression, decreased my appetite, cleared up a dermatologic problem. My sister got me started taking organic ACV 1 tsp in 8 oz spring water 3 times a day. At first I tried it because I had a sore throat that was immediately gone, my sinus infection went away within 24 hours or so. I have IBS and have been battling foul-smelling loose stools for years. Within a couple of days my stools were formed with almost no odor. I feel 100% better. My appetite just dropped and I'm not getting fatty food cravings like I used to and I've lost 22 pounds so far. Also, I have had big painful butt boils off and on for years and my hindquarters cleared up within a couple of days."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
[YEA] 11/25/2009: Jack from Leominster, Massachusetts, Ma: "I was diagnosed with IBS, awful bloating, trouble breathing awful pain. The Dr had prescibed a # of meds that didn't help. I started taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. I had almost immediate results. I wish I started this 10 years ago.I take it in the Am before breakfast and before I go to bed at night."Replies
02/22/2011: Afroz Khan from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia replies: "Hi Jack,
I have similar symptoms that u had, and I have recently come to know what my problem is through internet only.... None of the doctors I visited could diagnose my problem (15 yrs back)...... I used to be a professional singer.... but had to quit bcoz of this disease.
Could u pls. advise me how, when and how frequently we should take this Apple Cider Vinegar and also how long we need to continue taking this to get rid of the disease.
Look forward to your advise. Thanks for posting a valuable experience and hope to get rid of this soon.
02/22/2011: Micki from Swindon, Wilts, Uk replies: "IBS Remedy. Please try Rutin 500mgs twice a day for 3 days, then once a day for a month. After that once a week, but back to original dose if any flare ups again. This remedy is Magic! Seems to work even better, if you also take a B50 weekly, selenium yeasts for a month, and vit D3 5, 000 ius for a couple of weeks too. No flare ups at all on this supplementation. But Rutin is the main remedy."
12/18/2011: Bjanna from Beijing, China replies: "Hi Micki, did you take Rutin for diarrhea or constipation related IBS?"
02/01/2012: Chelsea from Tulsa, Oklahoma replies: "Micki from Swindon: which brand of rutin did you use because I tried this per your recommendation but am seeing no results. Thanks so much, Chelsea"
Avoid Dairy, Drink Raw Milk
11/26/2012: Lauramcp from Picayune, Ms Usa: "I suffered from IBS for many years and after 1 month of avoiding all pasteurized dairy and drinking 1 8 oz cup of RAW goats milk per day my symptoms are greatly improved."
B12, Bee Pollen
[YEA] 11/26/2009: Kylwel from Gilmer, Tx: "Hello, Earthclinic readers. I'm a 46 y/o woman. A few years ago as I was going through a divorce, I developed severe abdominal pain. It would be located high, or near my ribs, off to one side or very low in my abdominal area. Hardly ever in the same spot. My Dr. did a few tests and sent me to radiology for a sonogram of my gall bladder, appendix and ovaries. The sonographer told me my symptoms sounded like IBS, she had it. Coincidentally, I had run out of my multi vitamins some time ago and hadn't replaced them. Sometime after that Dr. appt I did get more and noticed a few days after taking them again that the pain went away.
I was talking to a friend of mine whose granddaughter had been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and in doing her own research discovered that B12 and Royal Jelly could be beneficial. She opted to try this rather than put her 8 y/o granddaughter through the recommended surgery. It worked! The pain was completely gone in no time. I looked at the label on my vitamin bottle to find that they did indeed contain a hefty dose of B12 and bee pollen, but not Royal Jelly. Subsequently, I ran out of vitamins again and after several weeks without them - you guessed it - the abdominal pain returned! I didn't waste any time getting to the local health food store to get my multi-vitamin and sure enough, after a few days, the pain was completely gone again. I'm convinced, B12 and bee pollen or Royal Jelly must be good for the digestive system. My vitamins are Nature's ___ ___ ___. It's a whole food and chock full of good stuff."
[YEA] 02/10/2009: Revonda from O H, WV: "Bentonite Clay for IBS, Ulcerative Colitis & Gastroenteritis: Bentonite Clay is a miracle!! I have suffered w/ these conditions since I was a child (I am almost 42). As no meds would help & doctor's couldn't do anything. These conditions had left me pretty much, home bound. I was desperate and would have tried just about anything.
For the past several months, I have been taking just a small amount (no more than 1 T a day, in purified water) & I have went from 10-15 loose bowel movements a day, to two normal bm's. I saw the results immediately. I do not take fiber.
I had forgotten what normal was. It was so bad that I could eat, almost nothing w/o getting extremely sick. On occasion, I still take Prilosec for acid reflux, but no other stomach meds!!
I hope this info helps others, as it has given me my life back. ;)"
02/13/2010: Donna from Southern Ohio, Ohio replies: "I purchased 100% natural calcium bentonite clay (CBC) from a health & beauty which is promoted as a deep cleaning mask. After reading the benefits of CBC I am now wondering if this clay is safe to consume. I too have suffered with IBS for years, so long I can't ever remember being regular. Is all CBC safe to ingest? Thank You so Much. This website has been a blessing to me."
[YEA] 02/25/2009: Stacy Mills from Monticello, Arkansas: "I have irritable bowel with diarrhea. After my last colonoscopy, no prescription or OTC meds would help. I started taking 5,000 mcg of biotin every day and got relief. Sometimes I do get diarrhea, but it doesn't last long. This even helps the spasms and cramping."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/01/2013: Happy Mom from Fort Worth, Tx, Usa: "I think my last post didn't make it! If this is redundant- my apologies. I fought with e-coli, and started losing 1/2 a lb a day. I took pro-biotics, anti-biotics, nothing helping. I take D____, a blackberry liquid. I can only find it on Amazon, and a few nutrition stores in Dallas, TX. It totally helped. I suffer from IBS, as well, and I take the it about 2-3 x a week. It lets me live normally!!!"
[YEA] 09/07/2009: Kathy from Bowling Green, Ohio, USA: "Black Strap Molasses cured my IBS. I have suffered with alternating constipation and diarrhea for ten years. In the last few years mostly diarrhea at least once everyday. I started taking BSM for my anemia after reading your website and was pleasantly surprised to find that it also cured my IBS. And it got rid of any PMS issues. I have no pre-menstrual symptoms at all. Mine was never terrible, but what little I had was gone. I was so excited that I shared this info. with my sister who has the same issues as me with the IBS and she has worse PMS...and she was thrilled with the results! Wow! I take 1 tbls. each night before bed. I use the sulphured molasses...tastes nasty to me, but it's worth it!"
10/24/2010: Tommy from North York, On, Canada: "Hi earth clinic,
Is there a remedy to get rid of Blastocystis hominis? This bug is very well correlated with IBS in a lot of people. I wish also a new ailment page will be created for Blastocystis hominis because of its severity and so many people can get infected with this bug. Thanks a lot."
03/16/2011: My Son from Woodland Hills, Ca replies: "My son spent aug/sept/and january in 3 different hospitals vomiting, diarrea. he lost almost 30 pounds the doctors said and after morophine drips, colonoskopys 2 and put on 4 different prescriptions. that his stomach pain was in his head as his diabetic father was home dieing waiting for a kidney tyrasplant we all knew would never come. his father was a brittel diabetic and had the exact same symtoms as my son but they blew that off to say the dad had stomach neropathy and thats why he was vomiting so much. finally they sent my son home. I got a call and was told 3 moths later that the first test he took as in the first hospital found cyriposperidium. now as hes still VERY sick they say my son has ibs and very stress related as his father passed away on 10. 10. 10. his life has changed beyond belief I was online looking for help with the ibs and saw your responce. I just read often crypto is a misdiagnosis for BLASTOCYSTIS and my son has every symptom. do have any ideas on help for him?please help"
03/18/2011: Tommy from North York, On, Canada replies: "Hi,
BH is one of the bugs believed to be the cause or amongst the cause of gulf war syndrome. The protozoa digests the IgA and makes the immune system comprimised. It's also one of the stubburned parasites to get rid of. You can try S. boulardii as some studies show that it is effective against it.
You can also look at this web site that specilized in protozoa treatments:
Best regards, Tommy"
11/20/2011: Joseph from Giza, Egypt replies: "Hello, he should try Metronidazole, or C"
12/30/2011: Glenda from Perth, Western Australia replies: "hi, i had blasto and removed it by doing a series of things. it needs a multi-pronged attack. it is surrounded by a fatty coating which needs to be removed, it hides in the mucus membrane in gi tract so that needs to be broken up, lastly, it feeds on carbs/sugars so they need to go.
google these; sea salt flush-blasto is killed by this and it reduces the numbers, blessed thistle cleanse-you feel amazing and never hungry even though you're fasting [i did it for 5 days and thought it the best detox ever]
carkia-dr hulda clarke knows her parasites and this is great at killing them after you've done diet changes and cleanses. i hope it works for you as well as it did me-good luck and please don't stop researching, there are lots of answers out there."
[YEA] 06/25/2007: denise from naples fl, usa: "I have had severe IBS for 6 years. Before that time I could eat anything, never a stomach problem and my health was excellent. Since then I have tried every diet there is with the results that if I eliminated anything acid including citric acid which is in a lot of drinks and foods I could get by but I was still severely affected by IBS. Just one week ago I decided to try only drinking bottled water because I suspected my tap water even though we have a filtration system. I have not felt this good in 6 years. I am able to eat things (chocolate) that I haven't eaten in years. I have not been able to eat any fruits, any juices, most vegetables, in the last 6 years. I have not started to put all of them back in my diet yet as I am taking things slowly but this has been a HUGE improvement. The water I have been drinking is from a natural spring but nothing expensive (64 cents a gallon). Drinking bottled water has also improved my husbands health as he has had a skin irritation for several years that doctors could not diagnose. We both thinks it's the chlorine in the water system. By the way it isn't just the water in Florida causing the problem because we both had our health problems begin in Delaware where we also had a water filter on the tap."