IBS – Strategies to heal your GUT

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“A 35-year-old female had irregular bowel function since 2 yrs with the complaints of alternative constipation’s and diarrhea every time along with abdominal pain, disturbed sleeplessness and fatigue.

 This is the common most sign with the people who are suffering from IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a very common reason for visits to primary care physicians or gastro-intestinal specialist. IBS causes great distress to patients. It is an idiopathic, functional, gastrointestinal motility disorder.

IBS is known as GRAHANI in Ayurveda 

Based on the bowel habits , Grahani/IBS is of 4 types:

  1. Constipation predominant Grahani (Vataja)

  2. Diarrhea predominant Grahani (Pittaja)

  3. Dysentery predominant Grahani (Kaphaja)

  4. Combination of all above symptoms (Tridoshaja)


The symptoms varies from patient to patient , it is characterized by :

  • Irregular Bowel habits – altered bowel habits  (alternating diarrhea and constipation) , Undigested food particles passing in motion, getting urge of motion immediately after any meal.

  • Abdominal pain 

  • Distension

  • Bloating 

  • Nausea

  • Sensation of incomplete evacuation.

 There also may be symptoms of the upper gastrointestinal tract (GI) such as heartburn, chest pain and dysphagia.

These may also include somatic and psychological symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, headache, anxiety, depression, and even urologic dysfunction and gynecologic symptoms.


Basic causes of IBS / GRAHANI:

  • Toxins accumulating in tissue blocking the circulation.

  • Poor nutrition, like consumption of heavy food, overeating, consumption of improper food, consumption of too many fluids or foods that are too cold.

  • Poor digestion as a result the intake of improper food at improper times, or skipping meals or having food without feeling hungry.

  • Imbalance of the nervous system , abnormal gut motor and sensory activity etc.

  • Accumulation of physical and mental stress

  • Diminished natural resistance and immunity

  • Disruption of natural biological rhythm


Who is more likely to develop IBS?

Women are up to two times more likely than men to develop IBS. People younger than age 50 are more likely to develop IBS than people older than age 50.

Factors that can increase your chance of having IBS include:

  • Having a family member with IBS

  • A history of stressful or difficult life events, such as abuse, in childhood

  • Having a severe infection in your digestive tract

Treating Grahani or IBS with Ayurveda consists of  aspects: Panchakarma , Diet and Lifestyle.



Based on the IBS itself and the general health of the patient, Ayurveda has been in the choice of a wide range of therapies and formulations. 

  1. Ayurvedic medicines: Ayurvedic formulations are given to patients as per their body and disease nature to rectify the GIT (Gastro-intestinal tract) related issues and increase metabolism 

  2. Panchakarma (Bio-Detoxification) treatment: Based on types of Grahani (IBS),Panchakarma treatments like Virechana, Basti , Dhara etc are advised to patients which helps in improve gut motility ,improving and correcting digestive fire, maintenance and restoration of healthy bacteria in gut, proper evacuation of stools etc. Customized therapies are provided to patient for  full restoration of the health

Diet and Lifestyle:

IBS is lifestyle disease, it is mostly caused only by bad lifestyle and improper diet. By following the proper diet and lifestyle pattern we can cure IBS

Avoid junk foods, foods you are allergic or intolerant to, and difficult to digest foods. Everyone has a unique body condition. On this basis, Ayurveda recommends a diet to anyone that best suits him or her. Such diets promote digestive enzymes, digestion, restore normal intestinal flora and a nutrient deficiency. Even more importantly, they contribute to a regular and normal bowel movements

Factors such as stress and depression can lead to initial symptoms associated with IBS or Grahani. Stress and depression disrupt the functioning of digestive fire. Meditation, Yoga and Pranayama are beneficial for the mind and increase stress resistance. Ayurveda prescribes some systematic regimen for, such as seasonal rules (Ritucharya) and daily rules (Dinacharya). So as to protect themselves against diseases that are the result of a lifestyle

At SHATHAYU AYURVEDA, A complete examination by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and an assessment of the Prakriti, or general health is done and according to one’s body type, A tailor-made treatment is suggested by physician.

 Ayurvedic therapy is not the disease but the individual central. Ayurveda emphasizes on how people should avoid illness and how to cope with an unhealthy lifestyle resistance. 

Home remedies for IBS:

  • Drink buttermilk

  • Have water mixed with cumin and ginger.

  • Choose healthy habits. Eat a well-balanced diet . 

  • Get regular exercise and enough sleep.

  • Whole wheat bread or brown rice is good option

  • Avoid soda, caffeine, carbonated drinks

  • Adopt for smaller, well spaced meals in a day

  • Go for physical activities like walking, cardio or zumba.