Posted 22 May 2011 - 06:59 AM
Hi,I wanted to share my experience about how I combated IBS. For several years I had IBS, the constipation type (it started with diarrhea though).I had as many others gone through the list of laxatives and potential treatments and none of them worked in the end.I figured I was magnesium deficient on account of my constipation and muscle twitching/cramps, but taking magneisum orally did not have any effect on my bowels and muscles. I found out about magnesium oil through my therapist and decided to try it. Magnesium oil is applied to the skin and enters the body via diffusion through the skin. To my amazement after trying magneisum oil I discovered my bowels became regular and normal and my muscle twitchings and cramps stopped. Basically what I do is to regularily (in the beginning quite often, now two three times a week) put magnesium oil on my stomach/bowel area, put a thin plastic bag on top and a blanket over to keep the area warm (diffusion much more effective), leave it one for a while and wash off. In addition I eat a few prunes and take some psyllium seed husks with a little pre- and probiotics, prunes and psyllium seed husks did not have any effect before I started taking the magnesium oil though. I still find myself in awe of having become this well. Allthough magnesium turned out to be the key factor for me I do watch my diet: no gluten, dairy only occasionally and very little sugar. I take supplements for good digestion such as stomach acid (since I have too little) vitamins, minerals and oils in addition to some times making detoxing efforts(chlorella, far infrared saunas and whey protein which provides important amino acids for detoxification). Most importantly I find that whatever affect the magnesium status affects my bowels. So for instance too much calcium which opposes the action of magnesium can have a bad effect on my bowels. This can be difficult as often one does not know about all the sources of calcium, many places the water can be very hard which means it contains a lot of calcium. Taking too much vitamin D can also raise calcium levels, though I never experience this with sunbading. In my experience it takes some time to raise magnesium levels by using magnesium oil, the good thing is that once you've hit a good level the bowel works likes a clock.
I wanted to add a comment to this post: I also take Beta TCP, a supplement meant to increase bile flow. This supplement also includes taurine which is supposed to aid bile flow as well. Bile is important to prevent constipation. Especially if you have light colored stools look into this.
I wish everyone the best of luck with curing their IBS.MarianneK