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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

"Now, Good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both" - William Shakespeare

What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder where the intestines or bowels of an individual become extra sensitive resulting in indigestion. 


Common symptoms of IBS:

  • Constipation or Diarrhea or both

  • Muscle cramps and stomach pain especially after food intake

  • Bloating

  • Food intolerance

  • Lack of sleep

  • Constant fatigue

  • Depression and poor self-esteem

  • Laziness

  • Chronic headache

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting

  • Back pain

What causes IBS ?

According to modern science, the cause of IBS is not ascertained yet. However, most scientists believe that IBS is either genetic or autoimmune.

IBS in light of Ayurveda


In Ayurvedic texts, IBS is referred to as Grahani Roga which is caused by improper food intake. According to Charak Samhita, the person who eats under the influence of his tongue is prone to get Grahani Roga.  

Factors leading to IBS:

  • Excessive fasting or skipping meals when hungry

  • Eating food when not hungry

  • Food consumption while suffering from indigestion

  • Over-eating

  • Irregular meal timing

  • Irregular amount of food intake

  • Eating incompatible food combinations

  • Eating very oily, spicy or heavy food

  • Eating extremely hot or cold (icy) food

  • Sleeping immediately after dinner


According to Charak Samhita, a combination of above factors vitiate pachak-agni or digestive fire. Due to disturbed digestive fire, an individual is unable to digest food properly, causing indigestion and accumulation of toxins in the body. Accumulation of toxins derail the entire digestive process and eventually lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Grahani Roga.


What dosha imbalance causes IBS ?

IBS is primarily a subject of vatta dosha vitiation. However, vitiated vatta dosha can cause an imbalance in pitta and kapha dosha as well and lead to inflammation, chills, heaviness in the body and other symptoms. Symptoms vary from one individual to the other according to their dominant dosha and body constitution or prakrati.


Prevention of IBS:


For effective prevention of IBS, one should be extremely cautious about the quality, amount, and time of their meals.


To avoid IBS you should:

  • Eat on time

  • Never overeat

  • Avoid junk food, aerated drinks, and all kinds of processed food.

  • Do not drink water immediately before or after the meal. Keep a gap of about 30 minutes before meals and about 1.5 – 2 hours after meals. 

  • Avoid going to bed shortly after a meal

  • Avoid sleeping during daytime.

How can IBS be successfully cured with Ayurveda?

Ayurveda offers very comprehensive treatment for IBS.

Ayurveda Therapies for IBS: Panchakarma therapies are used for full body detox for IBS patients. Therapies depend upon the season, the strength of the patient, digestive fire, and dosha imbalance.


Vatta Diet for IBS: Patient must follow a stringent diet. He must altogether avoid vatta vitiating foods like brinjal, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, oily and spicy food, red chili, tamarind, etc.


Yoga exercises for IBS: Yoga exercises such as Pavanmukt asana, Marjar asana, Bhujang asana, Shashank asana, Surya namaskara, etc. help to tone intestines and are considered excellent exercises to balance vatta dosha.

Ayurveda Medicines for IBS: Ayurveda has an extensive range of medicines like shankha vati, chitrakadi vati, praval panchamrita, kumaryasava, etc. Different combinations of drugs are used according to dosha imbalance and intensity of IBS. 

Countless individuals, including the co-founder of Himalayan Wellness Retreats – Dipen Raj Garg, have been completely cured from IBS through powerful and holistic health science of Ayurveda.

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