Ileocecal Valve Problems and Natural Treatments

Nov 29, 2016

The Ileocecal Valve - Functions, Issues and Treatments

The ileocecal valve is a sphincter muscle located at the intersection of the small intestines and large intestines. Positioned near the appendix, the ileocecal valve functions to open and close the passageway between the intestines to facilitate the movement of food through the digestive tract. When the ileocecal valve is closed, food remains in the small intestines allowing the body to render and absorb nutrients. Periodically, though, one of several factors may cause dysfunction of the ileocecal valve causing it to remain open or remain closed, which results in an imbalance in the digestive system and rest of the body.

Depending on the actual ileocecal valve issue, different symptoms are presented. Nonetheless, several common issues include joint pain, circulation problems, muscle aches and pains, pinches nerves and whole body arthritis. Additionally, ileocecal valve issues may cause a sudden stabbing pain in the low back or leg, a standing curvature, sharp or dull headaches, migraines, chronic sinus infection, allergies, dark circles under the eyes. Loose bowels, colon syndromes, burning leg pain, asthma-like symptoms and general GI discomfort may also be caused by ileocecal valve dysfunction.

Several factors influence the function of the ileocecal valve. Eating certain foods, not getting enough nutrients, having an improper nerve supply and even misalignment of the joints contribute to dysfunction of the ileocecal valve. Additionally, the way food is chewed, the texture and quality of food consumed, emotional stress and travel may affect the ileocecal valve.

Natural Ileocecal Valve Issue Remedies

Diet is one of the best remedies for treating ileocecal valve issues. Avoiding bread and other dense foods prevents sticking of the ileocecal valve. Likewise, avoiding caffeinated, spicy and sugary foods maintains effective functioning of the valve. Supplements including vitamin B12 and vitamin C support the functioning of the digestive system and bile acid absorption. AFA blue green algae also helps digestion and effective functioning of the digestive tract. Some of our readers also report having the area massaged in order to get food moving again is most effective.

Continue reading below for more tips from Earth Clinic readers.

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Posted by Desi (Canada) on 02/27/2014
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Stuck Ileocecal Valve: I've had this problem for years now and no Dr. could figure out what the pain was all about. I just recently had a Bio Feed back session done where I was told my ICV was not working properly, thus the stabbing pain in my belly button area and diaphragm ( not the usual spot on the right side by the hipbone but still...) She recommended I go home and do a cure/detox with a so-called "Castor Oil hot pack" discovered by Edgar Cayce ( You can Youtube it). Recommended 3 days in a row on, 3 days off, for 2 weeks. Only took 1 hour at night laying in the couch with the warm castor oil pack and heating pack on my tummy. Today is the day after my 2nd treatment and I am literally painfree already. Its a great detox for not just ICV issues...I think my liver is smiling today too. Good luck and I hope this tip helps you all get better xoox

Replied by Susan
Louisiana
06/03/2015
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Thank you, very helpful information!!!

Replied by Harshal
India
07/09/2016

Hi,

There is nothing to panic for the ICV. Few of the recommendation will help

a) Have a garlic raw with empty stomach. 2-3 piece [Leaves]. Better if roasted for 2 min.

b) Having a lime water or buttermilk. [Water + Curd] would have cleansing effect.

c) Seasonal Grapes or dry grapes would help in rejuveline.

d) Yoga - Kapalbharti and Pranayam would be of great relief

Replied by Carol B
South Carolina
08/15/2016

When you did the detox with the castor oil, did you get diarrhea and feeling terrible?


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Posted by Lindsay (Bc., CA) on 03/05/2015
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I have had on and off ICV problems for 35 years. I do get tired of it. I have a dull pain near the area of my appendix but just a bit higher when it acts up. It started with eating lots of rice crackers and popcorn. Now I cannot tolerate too much raw vegies, nuts or scritchy, scratchy food! So annoying! If I don`t pay attention my liver starts to get sore. Taking cal/mag helps too but I can't tolerate any form of magnesium (yes including l-threonate) or I get diarrhea. I was just hoping for any new ideas. I miss not being able to eat salads as often as I would like. I will give the Castor Oil a try.

Replied by Sean
Palmyra
03/24/2015

Hello, you may need to do a parasite and/or candida cleanse to help clear up the open ileocecal valve. Nutrition can help but this issue stems from emotions. One of the best tools for this is NET (Neuro Emotional technique). This can close the valve by clearing stress in the body and get rid of symptoms in 20 minutes.

Additionally, nutrition response testing is effective for testing parasites, candida, bacteria, heavy metals etc..

Be well, SEAN

Replied by Rochelle
Virginia
05/14/2015

Yes, parasites do travel between the valve, and it cause great pain. Parasites/constipation to feed them is the reason behind most issues that lead to disease.


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Posted by Christel (Northern Ireland) on 10/08/2016
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For Ileocecal Valve Incompetence, my kinesiologist told me to massage my inner and outer thighs 10x every day, start from the knees up, it helps to close the valve and has stopped my diarrhea.

Replied by Pmsmom
Nebraska
11/19/2016

Silly question for you, what if the ICV is closed? Would the massage help?


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Posted by Lina (Riverside, CA) on 06/16/2014
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I've been suffering with ICV incompetence for over four months now starting out with random headaches that lead me to see my nutritionalist who confirmed my icv was not working properly and tracked it down to my lower back being out of place. I now am going to the chiropractor and things are slowly getting better as well as starting yoga to strengthen my lower back/core. Anyone suffering from this, here are some treatments: avoid spicy food, see a chiropractor, take slippery elm capsules (aids digestion), castor oil packs, and self massaging the area. Also what helped me was the information in the book Gut Feeling by Gary Richer. It will help you pinpoint the cause of your icv problems as well as helpful treatments and self-massages you can do. Hope this helps please feel free to email me with any questions(:

Replied by Michelle
Peoria, IL
12/15/2014

Question-how much slippery elm do you take? My daughter has had severe pain for over a year that traditional drs haven't figured out but our chiropractor thinks is Ileocecal Valve Incompetence problems. It's interrupting her life as she feels like crap, has no energy, dark circles, 'kidney' pain (that's not her kidneys), and she's only 18. It's been a nightmare. But palpating/massaging hasn't made any significant difference except to cause it to hurt more. Suggestions?

Replied by Anon
Usa
12/16/2014

Hi Michelle,

I have ileocecal valve issues also...had a CT scan with contrast about 6 months ago in the ER, and my diagnosis was fatty illeocecal valve. Never heard of the ileocecal valve before then. I am 53. My symptoms were body aches, stomach issues and side pain radiating to the hip just like an ovarian cyst (have had those in the past also).

I now believe I have an intolerance to nightshade plants (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, egg plant, paprika). Since stopping them about three months ago my digestive issues have improved by about 80 percent. Please read about nightshade intolerance. It can cause a LOT of symptoms including General body pain.stopping them for a couple of weeks can't hurt, and might really help!

Also~

My body aches and side pain have finally gotten better this month! I started taking magnesium 200 mg, and vitamin D 5,000 IU's in two doses a day. (Total of 400 mg mag, 10,000 iu of D). I have also been soaking in a tub with a couple of cups of Epsom salts (good transdermal source of magnesium) for 15-20 mins three times a week.

The acceptable blood level of D is 30 or higher...and six months ago I was at 37. After I take 10,000 iu of D for a few months I will cut back to 5,000 and see if the body aches return.

Magnesium and D are cheap, and worth a try to see if they may help. Buy a good quality mg...not oxide. Citrate or threonate are good.

I wish your daughter well, she is far too young to be having this kind of horrible pain issue. I hope she finds her answer. She's lucky you are advocating for her! :-)

Replied by Eloise
Virginia
06/24/2015

Magnesium maleate is not diarrhea causing.

Replied by Joann
Fl
07/26/2015

You can avoid the diarrhea and absorption issues when taking oral magnesium by using topical magnesium, which goes right into the skin. Just spray it on. It's called magnesium oil by some brands. I tried the oil, and it irritated my skin. Just found and tried a new brand on Amazon, which doesn't irritate my skin. It's magnesium spray not magnesium oil. I can feel my nervous system is calmer and feel my muscles more relaxed, which diminishes spasms and also relieves any spasm pain quickly for me.

About 80% of population is magnesium deficient. It needs to be replenished every day. Stress reduces it. Drinking fluoridated water reduces it. Hard to get enough from food because it's depleted from the soil even in much of the organic food. Fortunarely this topical mag works.

Serena
Usa
03/18/2016

Joann mentioned a magnesium spray as opposed to a magnesium oil spray. I looked on Amazon called Ease. Is this what you were talking about?

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.
07/26/2015

HI U JOANN, , , , , , , , , , , , , you are right in what you say, however there are many magnesium compounds as you can see from this site.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Magnesium_compounds

Most folks use magnesium chloride flakes to make their spray and maybe that was the compound you were looking for. But you are right about getting magnesium transdermally is the absolute best way to go.

You have helped lots of people with your post and I applaud you.

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Replied by America
Wheatland Ca
10/30/2015

I too have problems with Ileocecal Valve Incompetence (ICV). I suffer from diarrhea I am worried because when my ICV is acting up, my diarrhea is yellow. Does anyone else have that problem? Tried castor oil treatment that helps and so does massaging the area. I have suffered for years, I finally found out what I had doctors were no help.

Replied by Dianne
Iowa
07/08/2016

Hi....late in the conversation...but maybe help for new readers. Have been reading (and hearing) a lot about eating Paleo....really, eating clean and the basics. makes sense...just so hard for us to CONVINCE our brains to do it!!

Replied by Z
Olympia, Wa
09/20/2016

Yikes, be careful of that Paleo diet if you have ICV issues. I attempted to start the Auto-immune Paleo Protocol recently and my digestion issues flared up immediately. The Paleo diet includes many of the roughage foods that aggravate the valve, as in reliance on nuts and seeds, and for me particularly, upping the meat quantity with already weak digestion basically put a lock on my intestines, nothing was moving through. Additionally, that diet contains LOTS of foods that can feed SIBO, which many folks with IVC issues likely have. Consider beginning with the GAPS diet first, or other diet that focuses on broths, and simple easy to digest foods. Should also be anti-candida.

Replied by Avril
Southampton Uk
11/11/2016

Yes, I have had yellow diarrhea. Found cutting out all grains, chilli, and ginger helped. Also used tissue salts, reflexology and Eft. Supplements are necessary and Kinesiology to find the underlying cause. Thanks for the other tips everyone, will try them.

Replied by Pmsmom
Nebraska
11/19/2016

Wondering if anyone is battling the stuck 'closed' issue? I have had the feeling like my intestines are paralyzed, forgetting how to eliminate. Tried the tea "smooth move" and it only made things worse: bloated, headache, side pain, lower back pain. Massage doesn't seem to help. I recently read The Gut Health Protocol, am eating fermented foods, with probiotics, taking slippery elm, magnesium (spray, topical). I feel desperate!

Also, what is EFT? And tissue salts? Thank you for your time!

EC: Hi Pmsmom,

EFT is the acronym for Emotional Freedom Technique and refers to a set of tapping techniques. Tissue salts refers to the Schuessler cell salts. Search Google for more info on both!

Replied by Sherri
Mo
11/26/2016

Hey PMSMOM

Could it be that since it is 'stuck closed', all of those things are just creating a 'traffic jam'?

I had my massage therapist do the massage for me. She had never heard of the ileocecal valve prior to my request, but she is very experienced and took the time to learn the technique, then did the massage on me. I also had her do the pyloric valve. (By the way, this is all new to me.....Just found out this is a prime cause of my serious digestive issues)

It was not instantaneous relief, but a process that evolved over several days. I have a lot of relief now! So, try having an experienced massage professional work on you.

I also have basically been forced, by my body's severe reactions, to do what I call a semi-fast. Eating very little. Baked pumpkin, butternut squash, other winter squashes, mashed cooked carrots, (all organic!) mixed with grass-fed bone broths, (beef / chicken / turkey) has been the bulk of my diet for several weeks now. This combo contains lots of nutrition, yet gentle on digestive system. Also take minimal supplements.....

Check out this resource that my Mom sent to me. This is how I first learned about these valves and their importance.

http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2015/08/15/malfunctioning-pyloric-ileocecal-valves-and-how-to-fix-them/

Best to you!

Replied by Pmsmom
Nebraska
11/28/2016

Thank You Sherri! Read the article and watched the videos, wow! So glad you shared this with me, I have searched for so long and haven't found anything nearly this helpful!! This gives me hope!