Yoga for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Boston MA

To promote better overall colon health, I added fiber to my diet, starting my day with one cup of a fiber-packed cereal. I also take one 4 mg capsule of the probiotic Bifantis (Bifidobacterium infantis 35624) a day, which studies have shown relieves many symptoms of IBS.

Cambridge Bally Total Fitness
1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA
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Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Parking, Pilates, Pool, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Town Line Bally Total Fitness
285 Middlesex Ave
Medford, MA
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Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Yoga

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Frederick W Heiss, MD
(718) 744-8743
41 Mall Rd
Burlington, MA
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Lahey Burlington Gastroenterology
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Gastroenterology

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Bernard Ralph Aserkoff
(617) 724-5995
55 Fruit St
Boston, MA
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Bernard Aserkoff, MD
(617) 724-5995
55 Fruit St # BLAKE-4
Boston, MA
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Revere Bally Total Fitness
561 Squire Rd
Revere, MA
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Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Sauna, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Salem Bally Total Fitness
29 Traders Way
Salem, MA
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Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Yoga

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Ahmer Mohammed Ibrahim, MD
(617) 636-1607
750 Washington St # 002
Boston, MA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Allegheny Univ Of Hlth Sciences, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1999

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Chin Hur, MD
(617) 724-4411
101 Merrimac St Ste 10
Boston, MA
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Gastroenterology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1995

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Andrew George Plaut, MD
(617) 636-5882
750 Washington St # 006
Boston, MA
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1962

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Alternative Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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By Gina Roberts-Grey

For nearly 20 years, I battled bouts of gas, bloating, painful cramps, and diarrhea, which gradually got worse and became more frequent. After an unusually prolonged flare-up when I was 40, I went to the doctor—and I wasn’t terribly shocked when he told me I had ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammation of the large intestine caused by abnormal activation of the immune system in the intestines.

The Conventional Rx: My doctor prescribed immunosuppressants, medication that weakens the immune system to ease symptoms. But these drugs carry the risk of side effects, such as constipation, decreased blood flow to the colon, dizziness, and blurred vision. Instead of filling the prescription, I explored other options.

The Alternative Rx: I started keeping a daily diary to track what I ate and also the amount of stress I felt, hours of sleep I got each night, and my overall activity level. I was surprised to discover that stress—not food—seemed more likely to trigger my symptoms, and sure enough, research confirms this. Stress weakens your immune system, which often leads to painful IBS symptoms.

Practicing yoga three to four times a week lessened my gastrointestinal upset within a few weeks. Aromatherapy—specifically, dabbing a few drops of a blend of lavender and ylang-ylang essential oils on pulse points like my wrists and sides of my neck two to three times a day—also lowered tension.

To promote better overall colon health, I also added fiber to my diet, starting my day with one cup of a fiber-packed cereal. I also take one 4 mg capsule of the probiotic Bifantis (Bifidobacterium infantis 35624) a day, which studies have shown relieves many symptoms of IBS.

The Outcome: I’ve scaled back on fried foods, which can cause a flare-up of symptoms, and my yoga practice has also helped me drop 7 pounds. Even better? I’ve yet to fill the crumpled prescription that’s tucked away somewhere in my wallet.

Author: Gina Roberts-Grey

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