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30 Jan 2004

Spastic colon/ irritable bowel
I have a serious problem with excessive gas/bloatedness. This has shown up on two sonar screenings taken 9 months apart. I am on medication for a spastic colon (mebeverine hydrochloride) , but this does not seem to help. I know this is not a fatal condition, but very uncomfortable, even painful at times, especially as my work entails addressing large groups of people for sometimes up to a few hours. What can I do?
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naturopath

01 Jan 0001

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a motility problem, digested food is supposed to move through the intestines in a certain way and time. In most cases of Irritable bowel too much digested food collects before moving further along the intestine. This causes stretching of the intestinal wall and a painful response ( the muscles of the intestine do not send pain when they contract - it is when they are stretched), this stretching is caused by too much digested food, as well as gases that build up as the digested food ferments due to moving too slowly through the intestines.
The way to deal with this condition is two-fold: firstly you need to improve on the muscle action that moves digested food through the intestine - this needs to speed up. Secondly you need to improve on the type of fibre foods eaten so that you have soft soluble fibre that the muscles can easily move the digested food.
Muscle action is strengthened by use of a herb called cascara - this is used in small doses - not as a laxative - so use the smallest recommended dose after any main meal.
Increase soluble fibre in your diet, but be wary of insoluble fibre - wheat bran, hard fibrous vegetables like cabbage, brocolli, salads etc is insoluble rather use more oatbran fibre, fruits, and soft fibre vegetables such as butternut, sweet potato, etc.
It is also advisable to take a lactobacillis such as Reuteri to populate the intestine with healthy flora - the fermentation that has been taking place will have caused a unbalanced intestinal flora.
Do this for 7 weeks so that your intestinal muscles strengthen, become more regular, and internal flora becomes more balanced.
(Dr Chase Webber ND)
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