Bowel is due to a weakness of the muscle
action in the walls of the gut, which
push down through the intestines into
the colon and rectum. IBS causes spasmodic
pain with explosive, watery diarrhoea,
alternating with bouts of constipation.
There is no physical cause for Irritable
Bowel, but there are possibly psychological
reasons, and a poor diet with insufficient
fibre may also be to blame.
Medicine regards irritable bowel as
an imbalance between stomach, spleen
and intestines, sometimes also affecting
the liver and kidneys. Normally IBS
is a weakness of the spleen and kidneys,
with too much dampness in the intestines,
plus liver Qi stagnation. In Chinese
Medicine IBS is not always an easy condition
to cure, but the aim will be to tonify
the spleen, clear the toxins from the
body and balance the immune system.
A Chinese Medicine practitioner will
prescribe Dandelion for this purpose,
while magnolia bark can ease the bloated
feeling in the stomach, and rhubarb
and Chinese angelica will stop constipation.
Poria will control diarrhoea.