Herbal Remedies For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not just irritating to the digestive health but it also irritates the person having it. In most cases Irritable Bowel Syndrome is curable with a digestion friendly diet and short term intake of Ayurvedic medicines and herbal teas. However, at times, some people suffer from chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In such cases people find it hard to get their IBS under control, and they require more than a healthy diet to cure themselves. You will be quite pleased to know that nature has provided us with several herbs which have been proved to be helpful in curbing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.


Herbal medicines for IBS are practically free from any harmful side effects, plus they offer long term relief. The only variation is between the effectiveness of herbal medicines over IBS symptoms, some people experience instant relief and others may experience the beneficial effects after few days.

If you are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome then you might be experiencing one of the following:

1.    Diarrhea
2.    Constipation
3.    Diarrhea and constipation alternatively

Herbs to cure IBS and improve digestion

The following herbs are not IBS specific and can be consumed in everyday life for an improved digestive health.

Peppermint Oil: This is the only herbal medicine to gain the approval seal from American College of Gastroenterology. Its effect on significantly reducing stomach ache has been tried and proved. It is believed that peppermint oil enhances the bowel movement thus reducing pain. It acts a bowel muscle relaxant and significantly reduces muscle cramps in the abdominal area.

Slippery Elm: Slippery Elm has been used for centuries by Native Americans to cure several ailments. Slippery elm is known to reduce bowel irritation by coating the inner lining of the enteric system. Slippery elm is helpful in both Diarrhea as well as constipation. In constipation it softens the stool thus reducing the strain of the intestines. It also adds mass to the stool which is considered to be helpful in diarrhea.

Herbs that ease constipation

The below given herbs are effective laxatives and are beneficial in constipation type Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Triphala: In Ayurveda tri refers to three and phal refers to fruit, and that’s what Triphala is made of, fruit of three trees namely bibhataki tree, amalaki tree and haritaki tree. Triphala is a popular herb used in India for healthy digestion. After from easing constipation it also improves overall digestive health and reduces stomach ache as well as swelling.

Amalaki: Amalaki is a tree grown predominantly in Asian countries and its fruit is known to have laxative properties as well as it enhances the digestion.

Other herbs used as mild laxatives: There are several other herbs that have mild laxative properties and can be used to cure constipation. Some of them are senna, cascara, rhubarb and frangula. It is best to either use Triphala or Amalaki, only when both these herbs are unavailable then you can use the mild laxative herbs stated above.

Herbs for Diarrhea:

Chamomile: Chamomile herbal teas are very popular. Chamomile is known to provide relief from inflammation and crams in the bowel. Chamomile is also available in the form of capsules and liquid supplements.

Berry Leaf Teas: Berry leaves such as Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry have an anti-inflammatory substance known as tannins. This substance provides relief from diarrhea and for the same reason berry leaf teas are quite popular.

16 thoughts on “Herbal Remedies For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • October 26, 2009 at 1:43 am

    I was diagnosed with IBS nearly ten years ago and thankfully I now have it under control (due to stress management and diet) but I still enjoy drinking Chamomile and peppermint tea – which provided a great relief.

  • October 26, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I was diagnosed with IBS nearly ten years ago and thankfully I now have it under control (due to stress management and diet) but I still enjoy drinking Chamomile and peppermint tea – which provided a great relief.

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