10 herbs to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

By TNT Bureau

Oct 20, 2016: Health experts have noted that one in six people in the US have symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This common disorder is known to cause stomach pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and cramping.

Studies have shown that certain herbs can drastically reduce symptoms of IBS. Here is a list of 10 effective herbs that can help to ease symptoms of IBS.


According tosome scientific researches,peppermint helps to treat the irritable bowel syndrome disorder. Peppermint is used to calm down the muscles in the colon, which may cause some the diarrhea and abdominal discomfort suffered by people with irritable bowel syndrome.

Peppermint also has anti-spasm properties. Therefore, it can improve the flatulence. You can drink peppermint as a herbal tea after dinner every night. You can also take peppermint oil enteric coated capsules.

Psyllium seeds

Psyllium seeds are a brilliant source of soluble fiber, which helps to improve IBS symptoms. Studies have revealed that 10-30 grams of psyllium each day can help to ease IBS. Psyllium is the main ingredient in Metamucil. However, you can also buy it as whole or powdered husks and add it in your meals.

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is another helpful herb for IBS. This perennial herb is in the mint family and has a lemon flavor. It has been used for thousands of years for numerous disorders. Drink lemon balm tea thrice a day to ease IBS symptoms. It is also a very helpful herb for people suffering from hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer.

Gentian root

Gentian root has many medicinal properties. For IBS, gentian root is the best treatment. Not only for IBS, gentian root has been used as a treatment for many other disorders. Take gentian root before your meals regularly. By regularly taking gentian root, your digestion process will be very good and will thus control irritable bowel syndrome’s symptoms.

 Aloe vera

Aloe vera is another good herb used for treating many health issues. The gel taken from the aloe vera will solve many problems in the stomach. To take care of IBS, aloe vera is very effective. Consume aloe vera regularly to get a positive result very quickly and to get rid off of IBS.

Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds are mostly used in cooking many dishes. People who are badly suffering from IBS can add fennel seeds to get relief in a short duration. By properly taking fennel seeds, your stomach will get cleared and will lead to proper digestion. All your stomach disorders will get relieved in a short span of time. You can take fennel seeds by chewing it or by soaking it and then drinking the water.

Slippery elm

Slippery elm removes the irritation that creates troubles in the mucous membranes. Regular consumption of slippery elm is the best treatment for IBS.


Triphala, popularly known as three fruits is an herbal preparation that mixes the fruit of the bibhataki and haritaki trees, together with amalaki tree. Due to its laxative effect, triphala helps to ease abdominal pain and bloating.


Most commonly found in the form of tea, this herb helps to ease inflammation as well as spasms in the gut.


The fruit of the amalaki tree, grown throughout Asia, has positive effect on overall digestion. It also serves as a laxative.

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