Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the ailment of digestive system, as the name suggests. The symptoms of IBS are gas, bloating, stomach ache, cramps, constipation or diarrhea.
Chamomile is a common flowering plant of the gardens. Its flowers are a storehouse of many health benefits. The symptoms of abdominal pain and gas get relieved when chamomile tea is used. Two or three tsp dry chamomile flowers can be put into one glass of water and brought to a boil. You can strain this tea and add some sugar. Consume this tea, half cup at a time, three to four times a day between the meals.
Peppermint is a cousin of the common mint. Its botanical name is Mentha piperita. It is a mild anesthetic and is anti-spasmodic. One can either take peppermint in the form of tea or as a capsule of peppermint oil. To brew tea take one tsp of dry or two tsp of fresh peppermint leaves, put them in a glass of water and boil them on of a low heat for five minutes, with the lid on. When it is lukewarm, strain and drink the tea.
The capsule helps in a way that it bursts open in the elementary canal and starts its action there. So the chances of getting heartburn in the upper parts of alimentary canal become negligible. Peppermint may produce heartburn in some people. But, it usually occurs when a high dose is taken.
Fennel is carminative, i.e. it reduces gas formation. Fennel has been used in ancient Greek, Indian, Chinese and Egyptian cultures. Fennel seeds are commonly used even now in imparting sweet aroma to tea and eaten raw after meals as a digestive aid. To make tea put a tsp of pounded fennel seeds in two cups of water, bring it to a boil and add some sweetener of your choice. Sip a cup of this tea after every meal.
Slippery elm is a remedy used by Native Americans for ages. They use it to look after their digestive health. It reduces the irritation of the intestines by coating the inner lining of intestines. Additionally, it gives relief both from diarrhea and constipation. That is why it is considered a potent remedy for IBS.
Intellect Tree (malkangni)
Botanical name of intellect tree is Celastrus paniculatus and in ayurvedic system of medicine it is known as malkangni. This woody climber is found all over the Indian subcontinent. It treats the symptoms of IBS and can look after many other ailments. Its seeds contain many helpful organic compounds like sesquiterpene, alkaloids and polyalcoholic asters. It treats the muscle spasms, thereby looking after bowel spasms.
The leaves of berry leaf can be made into an infusion and consumed as tea to alleviate the symptoms of IBS. These leaves contain active chemical compounds called tannins which help in curbing diarrhea and reduce inflammation. Blueberry, blackberry and raspberry leaves can be used for this purpose.