Although irritable bowel syndrome or irritable bowel syndrome is harmless in itself, but often very distressing for those affected. Treatment for the irritable bowel therefore aims to relieve the symptoms; a cure through the treatment is usually not expected. It makes sense to find causes and avoid them as much as possible.
In acute pain many sufferers as a way of treatment helps a heat application, for example, a heating or Dinkelkissen on the stomach. A gentle circular abdominal massage (from bottom right to top, across to the other side and further to the bottom left) often relieves the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Irritable bowel: medication does not always help
Whether medications are useful as part of the treatment should be discussed with the doctor. Some of the drugs available only work with some sufferers:
- Anti-spasmodic drugs such as butyl scopolamine help in individual cases, but should not be taken permanently because of their side effects.
- Substances for flatulence such as simethicone rarely relieve, but are worth a try.
- Not recommended during treatment are laxatives. In the long term, they lead to habituation, which is rather counterproductive in the chronic disease of the irritable bowel.
- Stopping substances such as loperamide should only be taken for a short time.
- Severe abdominal pain may be alleviated by antidepressants, as these increase pain thresholds.
Relieve cramps with herbal medicine
The Pflanzenheilkunde offers caraway oil or peppermint oil for ingestion (tea, capsules) or abdominal massage for spasmodic abdominal pain. At the same time, Indian psyllium seeds have a slightly laxative effect. Supplements such as linseed and wheat bran stimulate intestinal activity, but must be taken with plenty of fluids.
There are some promising studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture in irritable bowel syndrome - again, it may be worth a try (as well as with a constitutional therapy of homeopathy).