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What are some natural ways to keep stress in check that can help IBS-D symptoms?

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Some natural ways to relax may help ease your IBS-D symptoms include:

  • Hypnotherapy and meditation. A trained therapist can teach you to focus on soothing images or thoughts. This can help you learn to relax your tight stomach muscles. You can practice these techniques alone or in group sessions. You’ll probably need to do hypnotherapy for a few months to feel any relief. You can learn to meditate so you can do it at home whenever you need to relax.
  • Massage. This is a solid way to help you relax. A massage therapist can work on you in a day spa, and some can come to your home.
  • Exercise. People with IBS who make working out part of their routine have fewer symptoms. You can take walks, train at your local gym, or take exercise classes like gentle yoga.

From: Alternative Treatments for IBS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. . September 1, 2012. American Family Physician

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. , 2004. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. . September 1, 2012. American Family Physician

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. , 2004. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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