Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastro intestinal disorder in which a group of symptoms occurs together, including repeated abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, flatulence and changes in bowel movements- either diarrhea, constipation or both. Though there are no structural abnormalities in digestive tract, but the discomfort caused by this illness causes great distress to the patients.
Many people with IBS have normal bowel movements on some days and abnormal bowel movements on other days. We can divide IBS into Three Types:
Causes of IBS (Grahani in Ayurveda) : As said "Prevention is better than cure". Therefore it is useful to look at the causes of Grahani before starting its treatment. All what the Agni (digestive fire) weakness, is a direct cause of the emergence of grahani (IBS). Prolonged causes include irregular eating habits, excessive intake of difficult to digest foods, food intake which one is allergic to, too few nutrients, overeating, eating at irregular intervals, too much effort, the cessation of the natural urge of urination/hunger/thirst/regurgitation, excessive sexually activeness, excessive consumption of spicy junk food, eating very acidic foods, can be the causes of Grahani. The first symptoms of Grahani are caused by an imbalance of digestive enzymes, of Agni. This is followed by diarrhea, indigestion, emotional problems, stress and so on. Diarrhea is usually treated with antibiotics in modern science, without taking into account the Agni ( digestive fire and enzymes ). Once the problem has been stopped, people fall back into their own eating habits. However, the Agni (digestive power) weakened by diarrhea and having insufficient resistance, which significantly reduces their effect. So even after the infection is successfully contested, finds digestion in a weekend state. It may not meet the continuous overload of an unhealthy lifestyle, which eventually leads to Grahani.
Treatment : Treatment is reliant on treating the or doshas; however, treatment will be focused ultimately on correcting Agni (digestive food) and strengthening the small intestine.
Ayurvedic treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) : In Ayurveda, a similar condition is explained in the name of Sangrahani or Grahani. The name is given as in Ayurveda Grahana (Retaining ability) is a function of Grahani Organ (small intestine in general). As this function is distributed and bowel loses its control to retain for a stipulated time period, according to one's requirement of absorption, this condition is called Grahani.
Signs and Symptoms according to Ayurveda texts: Ayurveda explains signs and symptoms of IBS (Grahani in Ayurveda) based on Dosha dominance:
Ayurvedic formulations used for IBS are :
Diet and habits in Grahani (IBS) :
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