The homeopathic system offers highly promising cures in cases of irritable bowel syndrome. Owing to the use of medicines of natural origin for treating IBS, homeopathy causes no side effects and addresses the problem in a very safe and gentle manner. Homeopathic medicines bring relief in acute symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, like diarrhea, constipation, gas, and abdominal bloating. They also focus on treating the chronicity of irritable bowel syndrome. With the correct homeopathic treatment, the frequency, as well as the intensity of the symptoms of IBS, are seen to decrease. Homeopathic remedy for IBS also works to treat the psychological conditions like anxiety, depression, stress that are often the primary causes linked to IBS.
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that affects the large intestines. It is a functional disorder that results in an alteration of the bowel movements. The symptoms of IBS are diarrhea (loose stool), constipation or alternate bouts of diarrhea and constipation. Along with this, an excessive gas/flatus in the abdomen is present. Abdominal bloating and cramping is also noted in most cases. In some of the cases of IBS, mucus in the stool may be present.
Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome is not yet known. Hypersensitivity of the gut and changes in the strength of the muscle movement of the colon are thought to have a link with irritable bowel syndrome. If the muscle movement of bowels is strong, then it results in diarrhea. In case the muscle movement is weak, it results in constipation. Apart from this, certain psychological factors play a significant role in irritable bowel syndrome. Emotional factors like stress and anxiety seem to trigger the condition of irritable bowel syndrome. Certain food items like chocolates, alcohol, fatty food, and drinks with caffeine like coffee can also trigger IBS.
Top Homeopathic Medicines for IBS
The top homeopathic medicines indicated for irritable bowel syndrome include Aloe Socotrina, Nux Vomica, and Alumina. The characteristic features for these medicines are as follows:
Aloe Socotrina – Effective Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Diarrhea
Aloe Socotrina is a natural homeopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome treatment. It is majorly helpful in cases where there is a prominent complaint of diarrhea.
The stool is yellow, watery with rumbling/gurgling in the rectum. Sometimes jelly-like mucus passes along with loose stool. There is usually an urgency to pass stool in the morning, and the person has to rush to pass stool soon after rising in the morning. Aloe Socotrina is also a prominent homeopathic remedy for an involuntary passing of stool with gas/flatus.
Nux Vomica – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Ineffectual Urge for Stool
Nux Vomica is another well-indicated homeopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome. This remedy suits the person having a constant, ineffectual urging to pass stool. The person moves a small quantity of stool several times a day but feels unsatisfied. The urge for passing the stool is constant throughout the day. There is pressure in the abdomen soon after eating along with a feeling of heat, fullness, and weight in the stomach. Nux Vomica is also indicated for irritable bowel syndrome that gets triggered by the intake of coffee, alcohol, and highly spiced food. Nux Vomica is often a choice of homeopathic medicine in persons with irritable bowel syndrome with a sedentary lifestyle.
Alumina – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Constipation
Alumina is a highly valuable homeopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. The first indicative feature for using Alumina is difficulty in passing stool and the need to put an excessive strain. Constipation that lasts for several days, passing of hard, knotty stool is another characteristic feature of using Alumina.
Other Important Homeopathic Remedies for IBS
Some other significant homeopathic medicines for irritable bowel syndrome that work symptomatically include:
Croton Tig – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Loose Stool after Eating/Drinking
Croton Tig is a suitable homeopathic medicine for IBS when a person has an urge to pass stool soon after eating/ drinking. The smallest quantity of food or drink leads to a stool. The stool is copious yellow, watery and gushing in nature. A swashing sensation in the intestines is present. Apart from the above symptoms, Croton Tig is a prominent homeopathic medicine for treating diarrhea occurring in summers.
Podophyllum Peltatum – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Putrid, Loose Stool
Podophyllum Peltatum is an effective homeopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome with greenish, putrid, loose stool. Stool gushes out with force and is often painless. Sometimes mucus also appears in the stool. Gurgling in the bowels and offensive flatus maybe present. These symptoms tend to be worse in the morning. Diarrhea that gets worse from eating acidic fruits is another characteristic feature of using Podophyllum Peltatum.
Lycopodium Clavatum – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Gas after Eating
Lycopodium clavatum is an excellent homeopathic medicine for IBS where there is a formation of gas post eating. Even eating a little amount of food leads to gas, fullness and bloating in the abdomen. The gas is mostly present in the lower abdomen. Bursting pain in the abdomen may be present. Rubbing the stomach relieves the belly pains. In some cases, drinking warm drinks bring relief in the abdominal pain. Nausea in the morning, sour belching, difficulty passing stool, and hard stool followed by soft stool are the main symptoms. Lycopodium Clavatum is also a well indicated homeopathic medicine for IBS symptoms that get worse from eating fermentable food like beans and cabbage.
Raphanus Sativus – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Obstructed Gas in Abdomen
Raphanus Sativus is a homeopathic medicine for IBS with obstructed gas in the abdomen. The wind neither moves upwards or downwards. The gas stays stuck, and there is a marked distention of the abdomen (which may be hard and painful). Any pressure on the abdomen is unbearable. Griping around the umbilicus and pressure in the epigastric region are other attending features.
Asafoetida – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Gas Pushing Upwards
Asafoetida is a homeopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome where the gas pushes upwards. There is painful distension of the abdomen with cutting, pushing or stitching pains. Heat in the abdomen and pulsations in the pit of the stomach may also appear.
Colocynthis – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Abdominal Cramps
Colocynthis is a high-grade homeopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome with cramps in the stomach. Bending double relieves the abdominal cramps. Abdominal distention, rumbling in the abdomen and colicky pain may be present. Discharge of flatus brings relief in the abdominal pains. Another feature for using Colocynthis is twisting pains around the umbilicus. This pain gets temporarily better by passing stool.
Carbo Veg – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Abdominal Bloating
Carbo Veg is a homeopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome in cases where there is abdominal bloating. The abdomen feels tense and painful. Lying down worsens the bloating. Belchings or passing flatus relieves the pain for a little while. Flatus is offensive, and the belchings are putrid or sour. Tight clothing around the waist and abdomen are intolerable. The person needing homeopathic medicine Carbo Veg complaints of worsening of symptoms from eating even simple food.
Bryonia Alba – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Hard Stool and Constipation
Bryonia Alba is a well indicated homeopathic medicine for IBS in cases where there is constipation along with hard stool. The stool is hard and large and very dry. It passes with a lot of strain, and there may be protrusion of the rectum. Burning at the anus following stool, constipation that causes a severe headache, abdominal distension, heat in the abdomen, rumbling/gurgling in abdomen and tenderness of the abdomen are other symptoms.
Antimonium Crudum – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Alternate Diarrhea and Constipation
Antimonium Crudum is an effective homeopathic medicine for IBS with alternating diarrhea and constipation. In diarrhea, the stool is watery, profuse, with undigested food particles. Abdomen pain before stool may be present. During constipation, the stool is hard and dry. Along with constipation, obstructed flatus, nausea, vomiting and excessive belchings may be present.
Argentum Nitricum – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Anxiety
Homeopathic medicine Argentum Nitricum gives remarkable results in cases of IBS where the person tends to have anxiety. The person has marked anxiety, constantly talks about the worries and is always in a hurry. Anticipatory anxiety is also prominent. The symptoms attending anxiety are a yellowish greenish stool with much noisy flatus. The stools are copious, watery and often sour smelling. Fetid mucus may also be present in the stool. Fullness and heaviness in the abdomen with high anxiety are present. Argentum Nitricum is also a very suitable homeopathic medicine when eating sweets worsen diarrhea.
Kali Phos – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Stress and Depression
Kali Phos is a well-indicated homeopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome that is linked with stress and depression. The person needing Kali Phos has watery, painless, offensive diarrhea with excessive flatulence. A great prostration (weakness) is also present. Other symptoms include melancholia, continuous weeping/crying, moaning, sighing, irritability and restlessness. Sleeplessness also appears. There is also a weariness of life.
Pulsatilla Nigricans – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS worsened by Fatty Food
Pulsatilla Nigricans is another remarkable homeopathic medicine for irritable bowel syndrome. It is useful when food products like milk, ice creams, fatty/greasy food, worsen the gastric complaints. The characteristic features are a greenish-yellowish stool and slimy mucus in stool. A dull pressure pain in the abdomen may also be present. Fullness in the abdomen after eating is also present.
China Officinalis – Homeopathic Remedy for IBS with Weight loss and Weakness
China Officinalis is an effective homeopathic medicine for IBS when there are weight loss and weakness present along with other symptoms. There is diarrhea with yellow, offensive, frothy, watery stool. Sometimes undigested food particles may appear in the stool. An extreme prostration follows diarrhea. Weight loss arises from chronic diarrhea. The stool is worse at the night time. There is also abdominal distention with much flatus. Flatulent colic occurs, regurgitation of food, belching of bitter fluid or tasting like food is present along with the above symptoms. China Officinalis is also a prominently indicated homeopathic medicine when irritable bowel syndrome symptoms worsen from consuming fish, fruits, tea, and milk.