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L-Glutamine
Posted by Nancy (Mineral City, Ohio, Usa) on 11/20/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I go to Dr. Frackelton in Westlake, Ohio for cancer prevention. (I already had it once) I have suffered from spastic colon off and on for years. I was really in pain one time when I went for my routine blood work and mentioned it to him. He said, "I know what will fix you up right now. " He told me to take 1 tsp of l-glutamine 3 times a day. I had been suffering with this for 4 weeks. I had already gone to my regular doctor who prescribed a medicine that did give me some relief from the pain. I quit taking that medicine the day before I went to see Dr. Frackelton. I took the l-glutamine later after I got home. I was taking my third teaspoon of it when I realized that I was fine!!! It worked that fast. When Dr. Frackelton told me it would fix me up right now, he was right! The l-glutamine really worked. I hope this helps someone.


Peppermint Oil, Fennel, Ginger
Posted by Lisa (S. California, Ca, Usa) on 11/18/2011

You have to take ENTERIC coated peppermint oil. Straight peppermint is way too strong to put into the stomach. Peppermint increase the gastric juices in the stomach, so it needs to bypass the stomach and get into the intestines. Peppermint relaxes muscles, ie intestinal muscles.

If I have a sudden attack and need IMMEDIATE relief, the capsules are NOT the answer. They take awhile to start working. For immediate relief, try peppermint tea ( will make you sleepy) or Altoids. With the Altoids, I usually eat around 10-15 in a 5 minutes period and it helps A LOT.

If you get stomach pain, eat some food with it or eat some DGL LICORICE chewables/lozenges from iherb. The taste is not great but it gets rid of stomach ( not intestinal) pain.


Peppermint Oil
Posted by Mel (Kobe, Japan) on 11/10/2011

A friend had success with these but said you need to take them for a few weeks before getting results. That said, they didn't help my IBS-D.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Diane (Columbia, Missouri) on 10/24/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Chromium Picolinate
Posted by Bill (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) on 10/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Chromium Picolinate has improved my digestion by 90%. I take 200 mcg 15-30 minutes before every meal. The results have been miraculous. And I was one of those people who tried all the typical cures, probiotics, fiber, etc with no success and I was getting frustrated. But the chromium picolinate has saved my digestion. My bowel movements are like the ones I had in high school!

I also found it helps for frequent urination but I made a different post for that. I hope this helps somebody!

IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Yardley (Los Angeles, Ca, Usa) on 10/02/2011

Megyn, I had the chicken pox 2 years ago which is when my ibs symptoms started. Chicken pox is a form of herpes and I am convinced there is some correlation with this virus and bowel dysfunction. Now all we have to do is convince our doctors and maybe they will do a study!


IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Megyn (Houston, Tx) on 09/25/2011

Hi I know this thread was started last year. I just wanted to share quickly my experiences with vaginal herpes and IBS-C. I have had herpes since I was 18 and IBS-C symptoms that have increasingly gotten worse. I have followed a gluten and lactose free diet for over two years now which helped greatly. Then recently my food intolerances have become so bad that I started a low FODMAP diet which has also helped to mitigate a lot of the bowl discomfort I have suffered. But I was still having a lot of problems going to the bathroom. All of this is going on while I have been having almost one herpes out break after another for the past 6 months. I have been tested for SIBO, and it was inconclusive. My bathroom habits have been difficulty accessing the muscles needed to properly eliminate (a lot of twisting, turning, pushing on my abdomen) what ends up being pretty soft, sometimes not formed at all stool. So its not classic constipation. My lower left back has also been causing me pain problems chronically. I was beginning to wonder If I had a pinched nerve that wasn't signaling properly, but I don't seem to have a pinched nerve either. I also don't have any sensation in the rectal area to have a bowel movement. It is more of a bloating and discomfort in the abdomen, so I go and try and pray something happens.

So a few days ago I got a prescription for Valtrex for suppresive therapy, after just two days of taking 1 gram a day I have noticed a huge difference in my ability to eliminate! I don't know if there is a causal relationship, but it is definitely correlated. I will continue to stay on suppressive therapy for a LONG TIME as well as continue the low FODMAP diet for at least a year to let things heal. I will probably get some stool samples tested for parasites and yeast just to make sure too. But I think I am on to something. Hope this helps someone!


Lemon Water
Posted by T.martin (Winslow, Nj) on 08/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Lemon Water works even better with distilled water. I have had great success with fresh lemon and distilled water:)


Konjac Mannan
Posted by Amy (Bc, Canada) on 07/08/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I struggled with IBS type symptoms for 6 months following a c. Diff infection. I tried almost every natural remedy on this site with no luck. Within one day of starting Konjac-mannan, I had a noticable improvement in after meal bloating and distension. My bowels returned to almost normal after alternating between diarrhea and constipation. I read that it helps normalize bacteria in the gut so maybe that's why it helped me. To me it's been a miracle cure.


IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 06/24/2011

I found this regarding IBS in a recent newsletter from Dr. Al Sears:

For irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, you can take enteric-coated capsules of peppermint oil. It's completely safe. The coating stops the oil from getting digested too early. One study gave either the capsules or a placebo to people with IBS. Of the people who took peppermint, 75% had a significant reduction of IBS symptoms.

I hope this helps the IBS sufferers. Not quite the same thing, but when I have indigestion, I either drink peppermint/spearmint tea or chew a few fresh mint leaves. It takes just a few minutes and I feel much better. Maybe that's why people have "after-dinner mints" - it's the mint that helps digestion.


IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 06/23/2011

Yeh regarding your IBS. Totaly knock off white bread .. And take a teaspoon of Black strap mollasas everyday. That cured me. Browner the bread the better.. but the cheap white fluffy stuff seems to make the bowels react.


IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Luana (Hollywood, Fl) on 06/23/2011

Magnesium Chloride cured me right away. I was given a deadly staff infection from a surgery and then tons of antibiotics over the course of a year and became very messed up. Doctors had no answers. I couldn't even digest food any longer and had terrible problems. I tried everything. Learned of the magnesium chloride from Bill from San Fernando here on Earthclinic and followed all the really valuable links he provided on the miracle of magnesium. Don't buy the magnesium in the drug store, its not the same.


IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Gunner (Tulsa, Oklahoma) on 06/23/2011

I HAVE IBS, AND IT SUCKS!!! THE PILLS MY DOCTOR GAVE ME BARELY WORK AND I HAVE TO TAKE 3-5 OF THEM FOR IT TO FULLY WORK ON OCCASIONS. I CAN DEAL WITH "IRREGULAR" BOWEL MOVEMENTS BUT NOT THE FRICKING PAIN!! ANY REAL CURES THAT WORK??? PLEASE AND THANK YOU


Nystatin
Posted by Randy (Jersey City, Nj, Usa) on 04/18/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I had a lot of success with nystatin powder as well. bloating, gas, and constipation reduced 95% over a couple months. after stopping, however, my symptoms came back. the doc said I might need to continue using periodically. also, I've found a few side effects, including fatigue and pimples


Peppermint Oil, Fennel, Ginger
Posted by Lisa (S. California, Ca, Usa) on 04/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've been struggling with IBS and Celiac for a long time. I still get cramps even though there is no more gluten ( or hidden gluten) in my diet.

I found a softgel that has peppermint oil, fennel and ginger in it from iherb. Wow, do these things work great and really tame the tummy!!! I finally have some relief! I take 1 at night and one in the morning. If I still get painful cramps, I take another one. They don't help with diaherra though.

They are a bit hard on the stomach at first so take with a bite or two of food until you get used to them.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mikeh95 (Salem, Oh, United States) on 04/09/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Peppermint Oil
Posted by Butterflycari (Heber City, Ut, Usa) on 03/06/2011

One thing I notice is you have to get the ENTERIC COATED peppermint oil capsules. I have had really good results by using these and usually one dose is sufficient.


Nystatin
Posted by Linda M. (Newbury Park, Ca) on 02/26/2011

Thanks for the valuable info on IBS and possible link to infection. This has been very helpful to me and I believe I may have an infection that has been going on for some time.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Paula (Westhampton Beach, Ny) on 02/26/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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. :~)


Probiotics
Posted by Linda M. (Newbury Park, Ca) on 02/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered with ibs-d for 1 year and tried several natural remedies that have not worked for me. I was constantly getting colds and flus and I was very weak. A friend recommended a high quality probiotc (Natren healthy trinity and Life Start 2) with amazing results. My diarrhea and loose bowels stopped immediately. My first few days involved more normal bowel movements and I did experience gas as my flora in my intestines was being restored. I was told this was normal and would clear up. It is very early in my recovery, but the results so far has been very positive. I hope this is helpful to others.


Rutin
Posted by Micki (Swindon, Wilts, Uk) on 02/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Fennel
Posted by Tommy (North York, On, Canada) on 02/13/2011

Hi,
I'm happy that Fennel has saponins that could explain why it relieves your IBS. Saponins have some activity against protozoa and bacteria. Your testimonials are another prouve that IBS is an infection.


Fennel
Posted by Darenm (Trenton, Michigan) on 02/13/2011

I too have had great results with fennel. I have been suffering from IBS on and off for several years now. Usually it only last for about two weeks. But this time it lasted about 8 MONTHS!

My IBS is strictly pain. I don't get diareha or constipation just pain on my left and right side below my ribs.

Heres what I did:

After a colonoscopy my doctor diagnosed me with spastic colon (aka IBS)and prescribed me an anti-spasmodic drug called Bentyl or something like that. Of course I refused to take it and searched for a natural alternative.

Fennel is a natural anti-spasmodic and so is Chamomile. Fennel tea does help but I found chewing fennel seeds and sucking the juice out and swallowing then spitting the seeds out helps a lot too. But so far I think it is better to actually eat the seeds. I add about 1/2 teaspoon to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (I acutally use sunflower seed butter)

I buy my fennel seeds at a local health food store for 50 cents per ounce. Two ounces last me a 1 week or two. You can also order them online. I like Frontier Herbs since they have great prices and a HUGE selection of raw and organic herbs.

The other thing that is GREAT is to eat a fennel bulb that you can buy at a grocery store. I buy mine at Meijer or Kroger. But some krogers don't carry them. It's a white bulb with a long green stem. The best way I've found to prepare it is by cutting it like an onion into half in strips then STEAMING it. It makes it very soft and easy to chew. Sometimes I also sautee it with butter.

Eating the fennel bulb is probably one of the best in my opinion.

I also like to combine the steamed bulb with rice as it makes a nice substantial meal. And rice helps a lot for me.

The other thing that I recently purchased that HELPS A LOT is Organic Acacia sennegal fiber. There is a seller online with a great price for a round tin that contains a good amount. The brand I bought is specifically made for IBS sufferers. I think it was like $16. You can find it online by doing a google search for "Acacia Fiber IBS".

The final thing that has helped me is STRESS reduction and watching comedy! START LAUGHING! IT HELPS I SWEAR. Go on youtube and look up Louis CK he is hilarious! Or just type in comedian and watch some of those videos.

GOOD LUCK I HOPE THIS HELPS.

-darenM


Wheatgrass Powder
Posted by Kendra (Trenton, Georgia) on 02/11/2011

Hi,

i too have suffered IBS all related to my anxiety! I have anemia too & to make a long story short, was in and out of the hospital because it got so bad that I couldn't even keep an apetite! I got down to 70 pounds! I was diagnosed with anorexia from being unable to eat for so long.

Dr put me through surgery immediately for endometriosis. Then put me on Donnatal for the IBS & ive been on donnatal for about 7-9 months now & I am a totally new person. I started an entire life for once! Im only 20 & started getting ill at 16! So until this year, I was unable to live a 20 yr old's life. I was stuck at home for all those yrs. Until now. I was miserable & I truly wanted nothing more than to die.

so, the donnatal was a miracle drug for me. I hated the idea of having to take pills. It literally repulsed me, but after taking them, the benefits outweighed the risks by a long shot. I can actually live! I was able to enroll in an amazing college for writer's that I was accepted into and have been doing assignments (home & online) for the past 9 months! It's amazing. I nearly cry just thinking about how much ive changed.

I hear my B/F & fam say I'm a totally diff. Person and happy all the time!

So, I've had maybe 7 flare ups since taking donnatal & all the flare ups started when my sis moved in & it was just a serious load of overwhelming stress & I started having those flare-ups. I eventually had to distance myself from these fam members and havent had probs since! I notice flare ups though, when I've been around them & theyve gotten me upset though.

I hate to write such a long comment, but I Wanted to say that I just started wheatgrass & I'm really thinking this stuff has got to be amazing!

I take it in pill form. The juice tastes awful. I get mine from A. M. ORGANICS online. SEARCH THEM! Look them up, and try them! I would'nt buy from any other so far. Also, you get such great deals! You can always get a little extra than what you purchase & that makes it much more pleasing!


Iodine
Posted by Mike (Vancouver, Wa) on 02/03/2011
4 out of 5 stars

I was recently researching the link between iodine deficiency and anxiety. I didn't find a lot of convincing information, so I decided to try it on myself.

I've had IBS for at least a year now and strangely enough, I found it to be completely anxiety related and not at all to do with the bowels themselves. I also have regular anxiety as well, but I haven't seen any doctors about either condition because I refuse to get on the meds wagon.

Two nights ago, I painted two squares of 2.5% iodine tincture onto my wrists. I could feel the effects of that by the next day, I went the whole day without any symptoms. One important thing I did find in my research, was that selenium deficiency apparently aggravates iodine deficiency, so naturally, I took 200mcg of selenium the next night in addition to painting iodine on my biceps this time. Still no symptoms of anxiety or IBS on the third day now and I'm hoping this is the real deal. Another interesting bit, I used to take selenium regularly as part of my supplement routine and then stopped for a long time without any obvious reason (ran out and forgot to replenish.. ). For informational purposes, I'm 23, smoke regularly, drink on weekends, eat relatively healthy (always home cooked) but not a ton of fruit and vegetables in my diet.

Interesting Fact: The iodine painting deficiency test is not an indication of anything. Most of it evaporates and becomes colorless, and the rate of that is dependent on the environment that you are in. It does absorb into your system, however, in small amounts. To back that up: When you do this so-called test, wait until it disappears, then get some hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the area; you will see that the whole thing is actually still there.

Best of luck!


IBS and Parasites
Posted by Rusti1230 (Dayton, Oh, Usa) on 01/25/2011

I'd like to add some additional information to this post. I was hospitalized and then diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. They did a parasite test while I was in the hospital and it came back negative. I found out later it only tested for 5 parasite types. Based on some reading I did, there are over 350 different types of parasites. I did the whole medical establishment routine for a year and then the symptoms came back. I did not want to take all those meds anymore so I started trying many of the remedies on this site with mixed results.

To make a long story short, I also have 4 dogs and I ordered some food grade diatomaceous earth because they had worms (I read about FGDE on this site). After further reading regarding the health benefits for humans, I decided to take it myself. Not to be gross, but you can imagine my surprise (and I'll spare you the details) when I realized I had parasites myself. I'm hoping that now that I've taken care of this, that the other protocols outlined on this site will be more effective or that my UC will clear up now; however, I believe I also have a mycobacterium issue.


IBS and Parasites
Posted by Tommy (North York, On, Canada) on 01/14/2011

Hi everyone,
I just want to say that some doctors and even the big pharma still want to hide the fact that IBS, Crohn disease and other GI dysfunction are nothing but a parasitical infections. I urge all people who are suffering from these diseases to check for parasites. On stool tests is not enough. If your doctor is stupid who doesn't think out of the box ( most doctors are brainwashed by big pharma, even their books are sponsored by big pharma, their textbooks are like their bibles). Now big pharma are trying to patent Rifaximin for IBS. The reason is simply because big pharma doesn't want to admit the fact that parasites and bacteria are causing IBS and Rifaximin kills the parasites.

is also linked to lyme disease. MS is a manifestation of a bacterial infection. It's sad to see people suffering for 10 to 20 years with IBS when a simple treatment that address the cause could cure them in 1 to 2 weeks.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Coregon (Medford, Or) on 11/03/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I used to have terrible IBS. I found that avoiding dairy helped tremendously also. I no longer have IBS. I attribute this recovery to stopping my diet soda intake (it was hard, but what a difference! ) and taking 3,000 mg (or more) of MSM daily. I've heard that aloe vera juice can also soothe the gut and clear this up. * I also used colloidal silver first to clear up any bacterial infections that may be in the system. ** Note: If you are using ANY artificial sweeteners, this will worsen IBS symptoms, at least it did in my experience and in my mother's experience.


Nystatin
Posted by Dr. Brandeis (San Francisco, Ca) on 10/28/2010

I totally agree. I see this all the time with my patients. I treat hundreds of people for symptoms of 'IBS' and test everyone for intestinal infections- yeast, bacterial or parasitic. 9 times out of 10, there is an untreated infection. Once that is appropriately treated, no more IBS.


L-Glutamine
Posted by Dr. Brandeis (San Francisco, Ca) on 10/28/2010

True. Glutamine works in 2 ways. First, it is the preferred source of fuel for enterocytes- the cells that line the small intestine. Second, it increases sIgA (secretory immunoglobulin A), an important immune cell. If the IBS is caused by an infection such as yeast or parasites, Glutamine will be helpful. However, symptomatic relief from glutamine should make you consider testing for parasites- but not through conventional labs such as Quest or Labcorp. The best lab I've found and use with all of my patients is Metametrix. -Dr. Andrew Brandeis


IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Wydo (Ventura, Ca, United States) on 10/19/2010

Hi Ted, I finally got my sodium molybdate reagent in. It came all the way from Korea. What I need to know is if the 25 mg of sodium molybdate can be taken with other minerals or is it like the manganese sulfate and must be taken alone? This will help me a lot to know this and it will surely help all the readers that are going to do this as well. Thank you so much.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 10/02/2010

Why don't you take just a spoon full of oil? Is there any benefit by taking the capsules?


Coconut Oil
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx)
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking coconut capsules for the digestive tract and IBS lately and they have worked wonders.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Eleonora (Athens, Greece) on 09/25/2010

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!.


IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Wydo (Ventura, Ca, United States) on 08/18/2010

I have one more question Ted: why do I feel so much better when I take manganese sulfate? I read what you said on this mineral for hair and started taking it. To my surprise it really makes me feel good so much so I hate to stop taking it. It also has a Viagra effect on me as well. I just wanted to let you know that I do read all your post concerning my problems. I have taken the sea salt a certain Celtic type; I have taken the l-lysine, zinc gluconate, colloidal copper and lugol's. Perhaps I am taking so many things I am not doing any one of them long enough or often enough. I am taking the l-lysine, glutamine and zinc right now and I have the rest on order except the sodium molybdate which I am still trying to locate. I haven't been taking any of the supplements together up until now but I started taking the zinc, lysine and glutamine all together now and I hope that's ok. Other problems I have which I believe are related are; sore muscles which are worse on the right side of my body, a rash on my chest and trouble going to sleep and staying asleep. I put milk of magnesia on the chest and I take baking soda for the sore muscles. I have also tried your carbi-carb mix for the sore muscles but that doesn't work. Thanks to you I take the citric acid and borax for the sleep problem as I suspect fluoride in the water to be the problem. I am hoping that eliminating the herpes and Candida will help out with the sore muscles and the rash problem. The sore muscles get worse at night and can wake me up which adds to my sleep problem. I also wonder if the fluoride has an effect on the IBS. I went to my chiropractor the other day for the sore muscles on my back and I mentioned to him I have IBS and he said he had that as well. Later I mentioned my cold sore and he said that he takes lysine when he gets a cold sore. So here is another example of someone who has the IBS and herpes.


IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 08/10/2010 383 posts

If it's a recurring issue of cold sores, its usually a virus which tends to hide in the nervous system and bone marrow. Nervous system is common, while in bone marrow tends to cause anemia now and then. The IBS might be helped with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of water, single dose. The herpes, is mostly lysine 1000 mg with glutamine 1000 mg taken hourly for 4 hours for roughly three days. If they come back it's taken again. Someone claimed that it resists every supplement I mentioned here, but I have found they work in all cases from direct experience. Zinc maybe supportive. As for candida, baking soda, potassium citrate, perhaps potassium iodide are the common supplements I might consider, along with 25 mg of sodium molybdate for a week or two, as the most promising so far. People also tend to be low in copper, which is supplemented with chlorophyll.

Ted


IBS and Herpes Virus Connection
Posted by Wydo (Ventura, Ca, United States) on 08/09/2010

I have IBS and nothing seems to work for me real well. I do the baking soda and EDTA. I treat for Candida regularly as well. Right now I have a little pit in the roof of my mouth and it is really sore. I think it is the herpes virus which I have had since 6 years old. I have had the IBS since 22 years old and by age 48 I thought I had kicked it. After several years of being free of it the IBS is back. I get cold sores more frequently now as well. I keep wondering if the herpes virus is part of my IBS problem. I have heard that the herpes virus is either active or dormant but I wonder if rather then going dormant it really just goes to my intestines and causes the IBS and Candida problems. I would like to know if Ted could answer this for me and if he has found the herpes virus among the people he has helped with IBS. I would also like to hear from other people with IBS that get the cold sores of the herpes virus and how long they have had both the IBS and herpes and if the herpes came first. I think there is a connection in my case but I would like to know if there is a connection with the two in other case. Thank you everyone.

Vegan Diet
Posted by Nihal (Sydney, Australia) on 06/03/2010
4 out of 5 stars

a vegan diet definitely helps manage condition. for me this is 100% crucial in management of condition. it won't cure it, but it'll give you some breathing space and energy. a lot of animal products cause IBs and bloating/Diarrhea.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Diane (Columbia, Missouri, Usa) on 04/22/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Catnip, Chamomile, Basil and Yogurt
Posted by Anonymous (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa) on 04/05/2010
4 out of 5 stars

Chamomile, Catnip, Basil and Yogurt help IBS

I have always had stomach/intestinal issues. Pain, gas, bloating. Probably celiac or somthing like it. For a while I drank too much coffee and at times took asprin with it. This gave me a lot of energy, but aterward my lower legs would swell a little and ache when I lay down to sleep. Aspirin always helped the pain. But it was probably eroding my stomach and such. After doing Slimfast for a year or two (which I really liked) I quit when whatever I ate seemed to just sit there. It was the kind that was supposed to curb hunger. After that quitting the Slimfast and artificial sweetner Splenda, depending on what I ate I would feel very depressed (was on Zoloft and Risperidone for two years about 2 years prior), lethargic, be absentminded, have no appetite (I'd have happily eaten nothing ever again), and at times feel absolutely great. I couldn't tell what was going on, but I figured it had to be food related. And that my digestive system was having problems. After a lot of experimentation I've come up with the following:

Make a tea of 1 tablespoon each of Catnip, Chamomile, and Basil. Cover it and let it steep about 10 minutes. While it's steeping or cooling eat a cup or so of plain (not low fat or anything) yogurt. When the tea is cool enough, drink it.

Horse Chestnut is supposed to be good for leg veins. No doubt it's good for the veins all over. I took some finally and within maybe 5 or 10 minutes my normally cold feet and legs felt nice and warm. I was amazed. After a few days I concluded that eating yogurt with/after the supplement is what caused the warm feeling. One day I took the supplement and had no yogurt. The warm feeling didn't happen. After eating the yogurt some time later, I was surprised to feel my feet and legs get warm. If the IBS is from an issue with the structural integrity of the intestine, the Horse Chestnut with yogurt and tea may be helpful.

I can't drink coffee or tea, or eat chocolate anymore, as this caused the pain in my legs to return. Also a burning sensation when urinating. Bicarbinates help the burning. Probably the leg pain too. Haven't tested that. For a while I was drinking vegetable juice of bok choy, parsley, and fennel. So the oxolates may be a contributing factor...


Magnesium
Posted by Sharon (Denver, Colorado) on 02/28/2010

I have IBS with a tendency toward diarrhea. I can't take supplemental mag. at all because it makes me worse. I try to get my magnesium from the foods I eat.

What has really helped me is a gluten-free diet. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to know whether it will help, so be patient. The other thing that has helped is powdered l-glutamine, about a heaping teaspoon mixed in water every day. It's well known as a bowel healer. Powdered vitamin-C can help too but start out slowly because too much can cause diarrhea.

I have learned to avoid what I know bothers me. At the top of this list are pain relievers (both prescription and OTC), alcohol, milk, horseradish, garlic and raw onion. I have also learned that adding fiber to the diet can make me worse, particularly commercial fiber preparations. I stick with half an apple, a little brown rice, or a very small serving of beans when I need fiber, and I don't eat them every day.


Magnesium
Posted by Natasha (Winnipeg, Manitoba,canada) on 02/12/2010
1 out of 5 stars

I tried taking magnesium before breakfast and it didn't relieve my severe IBS c. I tried up to 1000mg. since my c is severe but had no luck sadly. I'm surprised it has not helped.


Peppermint Oil
Posted by Natasha (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on 02/12/2010
1 out of 5 stars

I tried peppermint oil capsules for my severe IBS C and they gave me a severe attack. They are way to strong for my sensitive stomache sadly.


Lemon Juice, Buttermilk, Calcium
Posted by Zita (Chicago, Illinois) on 02/04/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice and Buttermilk Cure.

I've been in agony trying to find a cure for this new malady called IBS. I've been reading what the subcribers here have tried and I was willing to try anything. I have IBS-D. I read about Molasses, Buttermilk, Royal Jelly and I went to the store to purchase these items to try and see if something would work. That day I was only able to find buttermilk, the Organic kind. I was skeptical but I tried it with ____ [600 mg calcium tablet] at bedtime. The next day I woke up prepared to battle the many washroom runs I'd have and try not to look too conspicuous during my marathon leaps to get there. Funny thing, it didn't happen; I was OK however, I did have irritation and sometimes urges that were nothing but still I couldn't be too sure and I'd wind up sprinting for the washroom just in case. After a month of Buttermilk in the evening with the calcium and still feeling irritations, one evening I was so thirsty; water wasn't something I wanted. I spotted a lemon, squeezed it, added a little sugar and bottled water and drank like a camel. The next day there was no irritation but I did not make the connection right away; I thought it was most likely a food item, a trigger, that I had NOT ingested. That evening and several evenings after that, I continued drinking fresh Lemon Water and I think it's the cure. I've been fine ever since...no irritation, no D or C....I'm fine!



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