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QI’ve been di­ag­nosed with Crohn’s disease/ir­ri­ta­ble bowel disease. Is there a cure for this con­di­tion in Ayurveda?

AIs Ir­ri­ta­ble Bowel Syn­drome (IBS) an early form of In­flam­ma­tory Bowel Disease (IBD) like Crohn’s disease? Are IBS and IBD part of spec­trum of the same disease? These are doubts that are still con­tin­u­ing in medicine. IBS co­ex­ists in a con­sid­er­able num­ber of Crohn’s pa­tients. Dif­fer­ent in­testi­nal dis­eases can pro­duce sim­i­lar symp­toms.

IBS is a con­di­tion that pro­duces some symp­toms sim­i­lar to those of IBD like Crohn’s, but they are not the same con­di­tion. IBS is clas­si­fied as a func­tional gas­troin­testi­nal dis­or­der; a group of symp­toms. It com­monly causes cramp­ing, ab­dom­i­nal pain, bloat­ing, gas, di­ar­rhoea and con­sti­pa­tion.

Pain as­so­ci­ated with IBS usu­ally gets relieved by bowel move­ments. If you have IBS, the in­testi­nal con­trac­tions may be stronger, which force food to pass through your in­testines more quickly, caus­ing gas, bloat­ing and di­ar­rhoea. Peo­ple with IBS may also have other func­tional dis­or­ders such as fi­bromyal­gia, chronic fa­tigue syn­drome, chronic pelvic pain, and tem­poro­mandibu­lar joint (TMJ) dis­or­der.

IBS is a less se­ri­ous con­di­tion as it does not pro­duce the de­struc­tive in­flam­ma­tion, in­testi­nal bleed­ing, se­vere di­ar­rhoea and mal­nu­tri­tion and com­pli­ca­tions as seen in Crohn’s.

Meet an Ayurvedic doc­tor for a de­tailed anal­y­sis and pre­scrip­tion. In many cases, you can con­trol ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome by man­ag­ing your diet, life­style and stress.

Di­etary fi­bre can have mixed re­sults. Avoid choco­late, caf­feinated bev­er­ages such as cof­fee and so­das, and sugar-free sweet­en­ers. Have fenu­greek, pome­gran­ate, curry leaves, turmeric and as­para­gus in your diet. Try low-fat foods; also eat small meals. Drink plenty of flu­ids and in­clude nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments. Drink plenty of wa­ter each day; eat small meals more fre­quently.

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