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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Grahani)

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome abbreviated as IBS is a chronic condition affecting the intestine. It is manifested in different ways in each patient. Only in less percent of patients IBS become severe. But usually it requires treatment for a long term. IBS does not affect the intestinal tissues and does not lead to increased risk of colorectal cancer. In Ayurveda the condition similar to IBS is explained as Grahani. Dr.Gupta’sIAFAhas effective Ayurvedic management for IBS. As the condition requires long term management IAFA has initiated a well-defined treatment protocol for ensuring complete recovery from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The exactreason of IBS is not known. Following are considered to be some causative factors

  • Variation in intestinal muscle contractions: Stronger and long lasting intestinal contractions mayresult in gas formation, bloating and diarrhea. Slower and weaker intestinal contractions reduce speed of food passage and result in hard and dry stools.
  • Abnormalities of Intestinal nerves: Defects inneuronal signals between the brain and the intestines may result in overreactionto digestive process causing pain, diarrhea or constipation.
  • Intestinal Inflammation: More number of immune mediated cells in can cause increased response manifested as pain and diarrhea.
  • Severe infection: Severe bacterial or viral diarrhea can lead to IBS later. Also large number of bacteria in intestine can cause IBS.

Ayurveda explains the reasons for IBS as either improper management of diarrhea or excess intake of indigestible food

Ayurvedic Reference of Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Grahani

Signs and Symptoms of IBS

The signs and symptoms of IBS vary in different people. The common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramps or bloating 
  • These symptoms are usuallyreducedon passing a bowel.

  • Excess gas production 
  • Alternating attacks of diarrhea and constipation
  • Mucus in the stool

In most people the symptoms of IBS will be in come and go pattern.The symptoms may be triggered by certain allergic food, stress and hormonal changes.


According to Ayurveda the general symptoms of IBS are irregular and unreasonable episodes of constipation and diarrhea. There may be prodromal symptoms like heart burn, fatigue, tastelessness, thirst, bloating etc.

“Dr.Gupta’s has formulated effective Ayurvedic treatment protocol for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® focuses on physical, mental and emotional aspects that ensures complete cure from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

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-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
Master’s in Health Administration

Diet in IBS

Do’s (Pathya) in IBS

  • Light and easily digestible food
  • Intake of lesser quantity of food
  • Frequent intake of small amounts of lukewarm water
  • Mild exercise
  • More fiber containing fruits and vegetables
  • Green gram
  • Pomegranate

Don’ts (Apathya) in IBS

  • Excess food intake
  • Fatty and heavy food
  • Intake of food before digesting previous meal
  • Cold water
  • Restaurant food
  • Fried and bakery food
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Spicy and sour food
  • Mental stress

Yoga and Pranayama in IBS

Yoga helps to reduce mental tension that can contribute to the treatment of IBS. Following Yoga postures are beneficial in strengthening the digestive system:

  • Parighasana
  • Ardhamatsyendrasana
  • Jataraparivrithi
  • SalambaSetubandhasana
  • AnandaBalasana
  • Pavanamuktasana
  • Malasana
  • Bhujangasana

Pranayama helps to relax all the body parts including the bowels. It helps to attain control over body movements and functions. This will be extremely beneficial in IBS.

Ayurvedic Treatment of IBS

Ayurveda describes effective management through various treatment modalities for physical as well as mental ailments related to IBS.

Internal Medicines for IBS

  • KaidaryadiKwatha
  • KalasakadiKwatha
  • KalyanakaKwatha
  • Ashtachurna
  • Dadimashtakachurna

  • Hinguvachadichurna
  • Kapithashtakachurna
  • Chitrakadigulika
  • Manasamitravataka

Treatment Procedures for IBS

  • Sirolepa (Application of medicinal paste on head)
  • Sirodhara (Pouring  medicated water on head)

  • Sirovasti (Retention of medicated ol on head)

Single Herbs in the Management of IBS

  • Patha (Cissampelospareira)
  • Musta (Cyperusrotundus)
  • Karanja (Pongamiapinnata)

  • Kutaja (Holarrhenaantidysentrica)
  • Aswagandha (Withaniasomnifera)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is IBS?

Answer: IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a group of symptoms affecting digestion of food and excretion of feces. It is manifested as alternate episodes of constipation and loose stools, abdominal cramps etc.

Question: What are the causes of IBS?

Answer: Exact cause of IBS is not known. It may be caused by problems with intestinal muscles, neurons, hormones, stress etc.

Question: Does Ayurveda assure cure for IBS?

Answer: Yes, Ayurveda can assure complete cure of IBS through various internal medicines and external therapies to make body as well as mind relaxed.

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