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Ileocecal Valve Problems and Natural Treatments

Last Modified on Mar 24, 2015

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

[YEA]  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

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Posted by Lina (Riverside, CA) on 06/16/2014

[YEA]  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

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

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!


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 Lindsay
Bc., CA

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   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

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


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