Have you ever thought of herbal teas for IBS symptoms you have? This natural treatment option might just help you.
However, there are very few clinical trials for herbal remedy's or treatments, even though anecdotal evidence would say there is a benefit.
Herbal medicines are made up from roots, leaves, flowers and berries which make them a natural alternative to conventional medicines.
They can usually be taken with conventional medicines, although It is important to check with your doctor first.
A lot of sufferers swear by herbs and, because they have been used safely over centuries, they are certainly worth trying!
Let’s look at the more common herbal medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
Peppermint definitely has a role. It can be prescribed by doctors or bought over the counter or on the internet.
Its benefits include reducing gas, wind and bloating symptoms.
It has also been proven as an effective pain reliever by reducing spasm and has an antacid property too.
Peppermint is seen in indigestion products and is a base for so many medicinal products too.
Doctors prescribe peppermint oil capsules, although it can be drunk as a herbal tea.
Peppermint should be taken before food as it increases gastric juice production.
It's definitely worth trying.
Ginger’s long been used as an anti-emetic or anti–nausea herb.
It is safe to have in pregnancy and can be taken in various forms including ginger root, crystallized ginger, biscuits and as a herbal tea.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and also improves the intestinal muscle.
It relieves cramps and is good in indigestion too.
It is one of the best herbs if you feel nauseous.
I often recommend Chamomile to my patients as it is a relaxant and aids sleep.
It is part of the daisy family and it thought to have antibacterial properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Taking it as a tea before bedtime aids sleep and relieves spasm, cramps and nausea symptoms too.
If you have difficulty sleeping or have cramps or nausea I recommend these herbs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome clients.
The Senna herb has long been known for its benefits as a herbal medicine.
It is derived from Senna pods and is available as tablets, liquids or the pods themselves.
Senna is one of the natural and old home remedies for constipation and is commonly used by doctors in mild to moderate symptoms.
These herbs in Irritable Bowel Syndrome work and I would recommend them if you have constipation.
Oregano has anti-spasm properties and helps to reduce bloat, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
It’s often used in cooking which makes it the ideal herb particularly as an oil.
These herbs are certainly worth considering when cooking.