Getting Your Gut Health in Check
Herbs are a useful part of a treatment plan for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). They promote comfort, decrease mucus formation and regulate bowel function.
Let’s take a look at nine of the most useful herbs that relieve IBS symptoms. They may be used independently or in combination with each other. Herbs may be employed instead of or in conjunction with conventional remedies.
1. Slippery Elm (Ulmus Rubra)
Slippery elm provides rapid relief of discomfort and helps to regulate bowel function. It provides a protective barrier throughout the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
Take the herb in capsule form or make tea by pouring one cup of boiling water over 1-3 teaspoons of powdered slippery elm. Let the herb steep for 10 minutes. Do not strain the contents. The tea will be thick. Drink the tea three to four times daily.
In addition to its soothing, protective qualities, slippery elm is nutritious. Purchase products that contain cultivated organic slippery elm only. Slippery elm is safe for all ages, but do not take slippery elm at the same time as medications as it may interfere with their ability to be absorbed.