Because IBS is a digestive condition and results in symptoms such as diarrhea, cramping, gas, and constipation — many people will find relief by changing their diet.
Others may find symptom relief with the following natural products.
1. Peppermint Oil
Therapeutic-grade peppermint oil is easy enough to find, and could offer significant benefits to people with IBS.
Existing research in Phytomedicine looked at 16 clinical trials that tested the use of peppermint oil as an IBS treatment. The research found that success rates for peppermint oil average at 58 percent, double that of placebos.
Any Side effects of peppermint oil were mild and temporary, including heartburn and discomfort. When compared to other solutions, the researchers said that peppermint oil should be viewed as the first natural treatment if you have general IBS symptoms.
Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland, but it is also available in capsule form as a supplement.
It is important for both sleep regulation and digestion. When treating IBS, melatonin works to regulate intestinal motility (the movement of intestinal muscles). According to recent research reviews, clinical studies have found there to be an improvement of IBS symptoms when you take melatonin supplements. Capsules are given in the evening at a dose of 3 mg.
Melatonin can be bought online and at local drugstores. it is often marketed as a sleep aid because of its wide use in the treatment of insomnia.
Probiotics are the so-called “good bacteria” found in our digestive system. These are Available as supplements as well as in food and are used to keep digestive systems healthy and symptom-free. In people with IBS, they may work by restoring the balance in troubled intestines. According to recent findings, several problems associated with IBS can be aided by probiotics. Those include: bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, inflammation, motility, and hypersensitivity. Research into which probiotics are best is ongoing
4. Slippery Elm
Slippery elm powder is known for aiding digestive health. It can be made into a tea, stirred into food, or put in capsules. You can find slippery elm powder supplements online and in healthstores. In the treatment of IBS, slippery elm is said to be useful in treating diarrhea, constipation, and digestive discomfort. One study found that supplements containing slippery elm also aid in gas, bloating, stool consistency and frequency, and abdominal pain.
5. Chinese Herbs
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may offer relief from IBS symptoms, too. TCM uses herbs to treat medical conditions, and those that could provide relief for IBS symptoms include peony powder, citrus, and licorice. One study that treated people with IBS symptoms using Chinese herbal preparations — including herbs like Dang Shen, bupleurum, and magnolia bark — saw significant improvements compared to control groups.