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Hey guys, I'm currently on Bentyl, which apparently isn't helping much. But anyway, I was wondering if anyone takes any herbs that help them? I went to a local pharmacy and they told me Kava Kava is banned from the US. I was going to try that, but i guess not anymore. Could you guys recommend any that help IBS/Anxiety/Stress/Sleep disorders? =]
 

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I have kava kava tablets here. To be honest the made me feel drugged and I had weird but not pleasant dreams! Anxiety you could try something like Blackmore's Nervaid and Sleep Valerian is apparantly good (I haven't tried it however). Good luck!Oh for the IBS maybe give slippery elm a try
 

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I have been taking Herbalife and doing 2 shakes a day for a month and I am afraid to say I have been perfect....it works..here is my email if anyone is interested....BillyButtonsDols###comcast.netI would like to help anyone I can I know the pain.
 

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If you have acid reflux or GERD as well as IBS, please don't take any kind of mint. Two of my doctors have told me it relaxes the sphincter at the top of the stomach and increases acid reflux.I've found fennel tea or chewing fennel seeds to be very helpful. It's great for gas and bloating. So is chamomile tea. Ginger is good for nausea, but some people with acid reflux find it irritating.
 

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quote:If you have acid reflux or GERD as well as IBS, please don't take any kind of mint. Two of my doctors have told me it relaxes the sphincter at the top of the stomach and increases acid reflux.
The solution here is to take peppermint oil in enteric-coated capsules. The addition of caraway oil (in the same capsule) also helps.
 

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AllStrZ read these as well. Clinical gut directed hypnotherapy is statistically one of the most successful treatments in IBS. It can also work after treatment, in one study for five years, but there has been quite a bit of research on it for IBS.http://www.aboutibs.org/Publications/hypnosis.htmlhttp://www.aboutibs.org/Publications/HypnosisPalsson.htmlWhy Consider Hypnosis Treatment for IBS?by Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D.Hypnosis is only one of several approaches to treating irritable bowel syndrome and may not be the most suitable option for all patients (click here for discussion of treatment options for IBS). However, hypnosis treatment has some advantages which makes it an attractive option for many IBS sufferers with chronic and severe symptoms:- It is one of the most successful treatment approaches for chronic IBS. The response rate to treatment is 80% and better in most published studies to date. - The treatment often helps individuals who have failed to get improvements with other methods (see for example: Whorwell et al., 1984, 1987; Palsson et al., 1997, 2000).- It is a uniquely comfortable form of treatment; relaxing, easy and generally enjoyable.- It utilizes the healing power of the person's own mind, and is generally completely without negative side effects. - The treatment sometimes results in improvement in other symptoms or problems such as migraine or tension headaches, along with the improvement in IBS symptoms.- The beneficial effects of the treatment last long after the end of the course of treatment. According to research, individuals who improve from hypnosis treatment for IBS can generally look forward to years of reduced bowel symptoms. http://www.ibshypnosis.com/index.htmlThese sites are information from researchers on IBS, one a senior Gastro doc in the uk and more form the UNC a top center in the US, but there is other info as well.
 

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I read somewhere on this BB that cinnamon helped as it is an alive enzyme or something like that...someone wrote about using cinnamon and it worked for them....Mary::
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HERBS ARE THE WAY TO GO!My reasons why:I had been seeing a GI specialist here in Ontario, Canada and got no answers from him and actually got worse due to his methods of "helping" me. I had several painful tests done, a colonoscopy and a barium enema(sp?), the latter being the most "interesting". My colon ended up spasming and not allowing the test to run properly with me being given muscle relaxants. That was quite easily the most pain I've been in and it was during a procedure which i was told normally shouldn't be painful especially to the extent that i seemed to be in. And yet, this test showed no sign of any IBD, cancer etc. I ended up being put on a sulfa medication for IBD, which both myself and my mother said at the time that I'd possibly be allergic to. We were assured that this drug had very few cases of allergic reactions, and that just because my Mother was allergic to sulpa I would not necessarily be. Two days later I was in an ambulance being rushed between hospitals with a heartrate of 192 bpm after laying in bed for 5 hours....Anywho. This prompted me to consider alternative medicine. I borrowed a book from the library in my town on this subject, which I wish I remember the name of, because it was quite helpful. After going through the book, and a useless stint with a chiropractor, I determined I should see a naturopath. This decision changed my life completely, I've been symptom free for over a year (other than at particularly stressful times or times when I have been ill in some other way)My naturopath perscribed (over a year):Bromelain (pineapple enzyme)GI-HP (This was the best thing for complete relief. It can only be given to you by a naturopath, and is a combination pill, the main ingredient for my case was the golden seal, and clay)Slippery Elm BarkSalmon Oilrescue remedy - homeopathic remedy for stress (VERY HELPFUL)I feel I must warn anyone out there in the Hamilton, Ontario area that my GI doctor was Dr. Issenman at Mc Master hospital, and needless to say I do not reccomend him.
 

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AllStrZ A good IBS center in New York is the Mind Body Digestive center.http://www.mindbodydigestive.com/A lot of us have done "Mike Tapes" which have been very successful on the bb here and elsewhere for a lot of people.http://www.ibsaudioprogram.com/Nominal_Disease I am surprized about your post because that is a highly recognized center."The Division is strengthened by the presence of the Intestinal Disease Research Program at McMaster University Medical Centre. This Centre of excellence was initially designated as one of two basic and Clinical Digestive Disease Research Centres in the Country.This program has a core of 50 to 60 faculty and staff who study digestive disease in the laboratory, at the bedside and in the community.The Intestinal Disease Research Program has consistently been ranked in the top 5 worldwide for studies in Digestive Disease with special interest in brain gut physiology, motility, and mucosal immunology. In addition, the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology works collaboratively with other areas of excellence across the campus, including Nutrition (Dr. Stephanie Atkinson), Nuclear Medicine, Cardiac Physiology (Dr. Mark Kamath), and Social Work."http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/pediatrics/pages/gastro.html
 

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I read something recently where a person said that if they sprinkled curry powder their food once a day it would alleviate their pain completely. Evidently curry powder contains turmeric, which I guess has anti-inflammatory attributes. Keep in mind this was just one persons anecdotal account, but still its worth a shot I suppose. I know I'm going to start using it as soon as I can get together a list of foods that curry can be applied to!
 

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Just a warning when dealing with herbs. There are some that can be harmful if not fatal.I'll just share this with you. A little over 9 years ago, I was taking weight-loss supplements, all natural herbs, that had been "studied" by a dr. who started this program. I will not name the product. Anyway, I lost weight, had tons of energy, etc. Guess what else I got from this? IBS. Well, I'll rephrase that. I started having IBS symptoms while using this product. Stopped using the product, symptoms stayed. That's when the doctor visits started and 9 years later, I still have IBS. All my doctor would say when I showed him the bottle was that yes, there were natural herbs in here, he was not an expert on herbs, but that this could've been what pushed me over the edge. I'll never know if this caused my IBS, except that it was during that time that I was taking them that I started the symptoms, and they've never gone away. I'm not bitter, as that was 9 years ago, and like I said, I will never know if that did it or not; I'm writing this just to make people be very aware to educate themselves to the best of their ability before taking a bunch of things that in turn might make things a whole lot worse for you in the long run. Just a suggestion.
 
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