How can I ease irritable bowel syndrome?
By John Hanc for Live Right Live Well
Good news! A recent study found that “cheap, safe and readily
available treatments,” like peppermint oil and fiber, were just as
effective as drugs in relieving the pain, cramping, bloating,
constipation and diarrhea associated with irritable bowel syndrome
Peppermint oil, which is sold over the counter in capsule form, is
most effective for those who suffer “mainly from pain, bloating or
diarrhea,” notes study leader Alex Ford, M.D., of McMaster University
in Ontario, Canada. Fiber -- specifically, soluble fiber in the form of
ispaghula husk, also known as psyllium -- is especially helpful for
those who experience constipation.
An estimated one in five Americans suffers from IBS. While the
condition won’t damage your organs or lead to life-threatening disease,
such as cancer, it can have a major impact on one’s quality of life.
Therefore, it’s good to know that simple, inexpensive treatments can
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