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INFLAMMATORY DIGESTIVE TRACT DISORDERS
When the digestive system becomes inflamed, problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and hemorrhoids occur and can cause intense suffering. There are herbs that help support and soothe the intestinal system. Herbs do not treat symptoms, herbs rebuild the body's healing capability which takes time for the body to heal itself.
A person suffering from colitis, said "CLT-X is a miracle for me. The pains stopped the first day I took it. I was able to get out of bed in the morning by myself! I even had real food the second day. I can tell that it is relaxing me more now and the pain is gone." She was fortunate to receive such quick results! For some it may take a week or longer to receive results because we all respond differently. Stay with your nutritional program for at least three months. Add a month for every year that you have suffered from your present health concern.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
Symptoms of IBS can cause abdominal pain and alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation. Often this occurs when you eat certain foods, drink certain drinks or when life gets stressful. With irritable bowel syndrome, the large intestine or colon isn't functioning properly. Instead of having regular muscular contractions, the colon is irregular and out of sync. Mucus and toxins build up in the digestive tract causing gas, nausea, vomiting, bloating and frequent bowel movements accompanied by constipation and/or diarrhea as the body tries to rid itself of these poisons. A person with irritable bowel syndrome may also suffer with anorexia, anxiety, depression and severe headaches.
Studies show that there is a strong connection between this disease and stress. People with irritable bowel syndrome often have higher levels of nervousness and depression. If you have IBS, keep a diary of the situations that cause you stress and look for patterns. Meditation, counseling and biofeedback are all ways in which you can relieve stress. Exercise has also been proven to relieve stress, like taking the dog for a walk or playing tennis with a friend. Nutri Calm is a key product that helps to nourish and soothe your nervous system when dealing with the stress and complexities of daily living.
About 2/3 of the people with irritable bowel syndrome also have food intolerance. Studies show that the body does not respond to these food allergies through the immune system. It is best to watch which foods or drinks bring on digestive problems and eliminate them from the diet. Milk and dairy products and wheat are foods to which people are commonly allergic. Try eliminating these first. Changing your diet to include more fiber can help relieve irritable bowel syndrome. Fiber bulks the stools and helps the body to have regular bowel movements. Include foods in your diet such as bran, whole grains, fruit and vegetables.
As you work to remove the stress and foods which are causing digestive distress, you can take herbs which will speed the healing process. Following are herbs which help remove toxins from the bowel, soothe bowel inflammation, and regulate and tone the bowel.
SLIPPERY ELM has been shown to be a good remedy for those with IBS. It is a mucilaginous herb which pulls water into itself becoming slippery, thick and pasty. This pulling action draws congested toxins from the bowel.
Because Slippery Elm becomes bulky, it helps to regulate elimination and its slippery consistency is soothing to the inflamed intestinal walls. Slippery elm is very mild and is an excellent form of nutrition for people who are having trouble digesting other types of food. Slippery elm can also be made into a tea and used as an enema.
Aloe Vera is another plant which can help calm inflammation of the bowel. Sipping the juice throughout the day helps to soothe the irritated mucous membranes of IBS. This juice also is a bulking laxative that can help normalize bowel function.
Chamomile and Valerian have an antispasmodic effect on the gastrointestinal tract. They calm intestinal cramps, expel gas, tone the stomach and relieve pain.
Intestinal Soothe & Build is a combination which helps IBS. It contains the mucilants slippery elm and marshmallow which become soft and bulky when combined with water and help to relieve the irritated intestinal tissue and regulate bowel movements. Plantain, rosehips and bugleweed are included because of their astringent effects which work to tone the bowel. Chamomile relieves inflammation and soothes nervous conditions which can cause constipation.
CLT-X works to calm the inflammation of the digestive system. It contains the mucilants slippery elm and marshmallow to pull toxins from the digestive tract and relieve constipation. Dong Quai and wild yam are included for their anti-inflammatory effects. Ginger calms indigestion.
Bowel Detox absorbs toxins and irritants from the digestive system. It contains the following: psyllium which is a bulk laxative, algin to absorb heavy metals, bentonite clay which pulls irritants from bowel pockets and tightens bowel tissues and chlorophyll to control stool odor. Take this combination with plenty of water to avoid constipation.
To relieve the symptoms of IBS try Ginger. It expels gas from the colon and calms indigestion and nausea. Acitivated Charcoal can also be used to relieve gas and bloating, but it is not recommended that it be taken daily because it may absorb other nutrients. If you have been suffering with chronic diarrhea or vomiting, you will want to take Ionic Minerals to help replace the trace minerals lost from your body. Solstic Revive also replaces lost electrolytes.
Hemorrhoids occur when a vein in the anus or lower rectum bulges beyond it's normal location. You may discover it when you find a glob of flesh protruding from the anus. It can be accompanied by bleeding, itching and pain. If the hemorrhoid ruptures or has a blood clot, it can lead to spasm of the anal sphincter and intense pain.
Hemorrhoids are caused when the blood pressure in the veins in the anal area becomes too large for the walls to resist. The walls then release their hold on the veins, allowing them to fall out of place. There are several reasons why this could happen. People with chronic constipation are often straining during defecation causing increased blood pressure in the lower veins. Holding one's breath during defecation also has the same effect. Other things that cause an increase in blood pressure in the anal veins are heavy lifting, general high blood pressure, pregnancy and heredity (weak walls).
In working to treat this problem, you may start out trying over-the-counter creams which relieve some of the pain and itching, but don't solve the problem. A visit to the doctor may lead to removal of the hemorrhoid. This is done by wrapping a rubber band tightly around it until the tissue dies and drops off. Injecting chemicals, freezing or burning the area or having the hemorrhoid surgically removed are other medical options to treat hemorrhoids. These procedures will bring about temporary relief, but unless the cause of the hemorrhoid is addressed, it will come back.
If you are a first time hemorrhoid sufferer and these methods sound scary, don't panic. Here are some natural therapies and herbal treatments that can help.
To help tighten and heal the loose veins, try astringent herbs such as Butcher's Broom and White Oak Bark. St. John's Wort helps to heal dilated veins in and around the anus by increasing circulation. It also helps anxiety, nervous tension and irritability which can cause a person to be "up-tight" and constipated.
If you have hemorrhoids because of constipation try the laxative herb Cascara Sagrada. You can also work to soften the stool. Change to a high fiber diet and drink lots of water. Flax Seed Oil and Psyllium Hulls Combination will also help soften the stools.
White Oak Bark can be made into an infusion and used externally. It has astringent, tonic and antiseptic effects which help hemorrhoids. Aloe Vera Gel applied to the hemorrhoid and the anal area once every 2 hours soothes the irritated mucous membranes. Applying Yarrow to the hemorrhoid will help stop any bleeding and reduce inflammation. Black Ointment contains herbs which can be put on the hemorrhoid to draw out toxins and tighten tissues.
Peptic ulcers are found in the stomach or duodenum (the first section of the small intestine just below the stomach). Ulcer pain occurs because part of the mucous membrane of the stomach or duodenum is being eaten into by the digestive secretions.
Ulcers are characterized by intense stomach pain. The sufferer may also experience heartburn, nausea and/or anemia. Because eating neutralizes the stomach acid, food intake temporarily stops ulcer pain, but the pain returns once the food is digested.
Doctors have long gone by the theory that too much stress is the main cause of ulcers. Stress causes the stomach to churn and the acids to increase to such high levels that the stomach begins eating itself. To solve this problem doctors first suggest taking antacids. Antacids reduce the acid in the stomach and relieve pain, but they may cause kidney stones, heart and kidney problems, calcium and phosphorus depletion and/or aluminum accumulation in the brain that could lead to Alzheimer's disease.
Doctors may also prescribe drugs such as Tagamet and Zantac for ulcer treatment. These drugs have an antispasmodic effect and they suppress stomach acid production. These drugs successfully relieve the pain, but they also have serious side effects. By increasing estrogen levels, they can cause sexual dysfunction and breast development in men, PMS, endometriosis and uterine fibroids in women. Patients on any of these medications must be on them long term or the ulcers will return.
Scientific studies on ulcers and their treatment show that stress may be only part of the cause. A spiral bacteria, Heliobacter pylori, is almost always found in persons who have ulcers and seldom found in those who don't. By killing this bacteria, ulcers are commonly relieved. This bacteria survives in the stomach acid by living in the protective lining and producing an enzyme, urease, which neutralizes the stomach acid.
With a blood test from your physician, you can discover if you are infected with these ulcer causing bacteria. Doctors will prescribe antibiotics to treat this infection which also can have serious side effects.
There are several lifestyle habits that may increase your ulcer risk. Studies show that diets low in fiber, smoking, regular intake of aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and regular drinking of alcohol, coffee or caffeinated drinks can cause ulcers. Food allergies may also be the cause of ulcers and if this is the cause the ulcer will continue until the food is eliminated. Try an elimination diet.
Besides changing your lifestyle to remove stress and other factors which may cause ulcers, there are also many herbal products available which can ease the symptoms and help the stomach to heal. Because ulcer symptoms are similar to those of gastric cancer, be sure to consult with a physician before trying the following natural forms of ulcer therapy.
Licorice Root (in whole herb form) is an anti-inflammatory and has long been used historically in the treatment of ulcers. Licorice strengthens the stomach lining by increasing the number of mucus secreting cells. Because the use of licorice extract brought on extreme edema and heart failure, many people were scared away from using licorice, but licorice in its whole form or as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) causes no side effects and is highly effective in treating ulcers. In one study 40 patients with severe duodenal ulcers prevented surgery and relieved all ulcer pain and symptoms by taking 3 to 4.5 grams of licorice daily for 8 to 16 weeks.
Gastro Health is a product designed specifically to help ulcers by killing Heliobacter pylori. It contains licorice in combination with the antibacterial herbs cloves, inula and pau d' arco.
PLS-II contains slippery elm and marshmallow, mucilants which pull toxins from the digestive tract, soothe digestive inflammation and strengthen mucous membranes. Goldenseal fights infection while fenugreek helps relieve digestive upset.
Lymph Gland Cleanse blends echinacea, goldenseal, yarrow and capsicum to fight infection and reduce inflammation.
St. John's Wort helps ulcers because of its antispasmodic, nervine, relaxant and counterirritant effects.