Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a disorder of the colon and is triggered by factors like consuming the wrong type of foods, stress, smoking, alcohol etc. IBS is not a disease but a disorder wherein the bowels do not function properly. It is not a severe disease like cancer or brain tumor. However, it causes severe discomfort and may disrupt the daily life of those suffering from it. About 15 to 20% of the American population suffers from this common disorder. IBS is also known as mucous colitis, spastic colon, nervous stomach or irritable colon. Medication, therapy and counseling are the usual methods to cure the symptoms of IBS. However, medication is not the only way to control the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome; it can be healed using natural methods too.

Irritable bowel syndrome is classified as a functional disorder, affecting the physiological function of the body. Hence, it cannot be diagnosed in the usual manner by x-rays or blood tests. The symptoms are not clear and the patient may experience either diarrhea or constipation, both contradictory to each other. The causative factors are also not defined and it may affect people with a sensitive gastrointestinal tract. Treatment may involve medication, a change in diet and use of natural means. Some of the natural methods of healing for irritable bowel syndrome are given below.

Colonic Massage:
Colonic massage can be performed while sitting on the toilet or by lying down and bending the knees. Using the fist of the right hand, gently massage the colon by making a circular, digging motion with the knuckles. Start with the lower right side area of the abdomen and work upwards under the right side of the ribcage. Repeat the same process with the left side and also massage the pubic bone or groin area. The main aim of this exercise is to bring on a bowel movement. This exercise relieves colic in newborns, though minimal pressure must be used in their case.

Mind and body healing:
The symptoms of IBS may cause mental and emotional stress to those suffering from this disorder. In order to control irritable bowel syndrome, it is important for the patients to find a release for the mental stress and seek out therapy that uses emotional release. Somato (or body) emotional release is based on the belief that trauma or pain is stored in the body tissues apart from the mind and soul of the patients. In order to heal effectively, these pains should be eliminated from the body. There are various therapies dealing with somato-emotional release and these include craniosacral reiki and acupuncture apart from other energy healing exercises.

Fiber rich food:
Health experts generally advise on the benefits of consuming fiber rich food to maintain a healthy body. However, persons suffering from IBS reap greater benefits by including fiber in their diet. This should be done slowly to avoid any further complications. By observing what kind of foods agree or don't agree with your digestive system, you can avoid the incidence of irritable bowel syndrome. It is advisable to keep away from foods that trigger an attack of IBS.

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