Yoga for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Campbellsville KY

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.

John Manho Wo, MD
(502) 852-6991
Ambulatory Care Bldg Rm A3L07 550 S Jackson Street
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1990

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J Hilton Brooks III, MD
(606) 248-2213
PO Box 1798
Middlesboro, KY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Middlesboro Appalachian Reg Ho, Middlesboro, Ky; Claiborne County Hosp, Tazewell, Tn

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Robert Pfeifer Kraft, MD
(502) 893-0220
3950 Kresge Way Ste 207
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1975

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Nathan Heflin Massey
(859) 278-8486
177 Burt Rd
Lexington, KY
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Sanjay Kumar Jain, MD
(502) 852-6991
2903 Meadow Farms Pl
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pbd Sharma Postgrad Inst M S, M Dayanand Univ, Rohtak, Haryana, India
Graduation Year: 1988

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Martin David Mark, MD
(502) 896-4711
Suburban Medical Plz I Ste 7B 4001 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cape Town, Fac Of Med, Cape Town, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1979

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Raymond E Pierce, MD
(502) 895-3633
3950 Kresge Way
Louisville, KY
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1969

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Ahmed Al-Khatib, MD
(270) 651-7168
1010 Glenview Dr
Glasgow, KY
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jason Samuel, MR
(270) 826-1266
110 E 3rd St Ste 310
Ft Mitchell, KY
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Arthur Aung Gaing, MD
(606) 326-3188
1200 Central Avenue Suite 3
Paducah, KY
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Of Med I, Yangon, Myanmar
Graduation Year: 1980

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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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