Yoga for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Clarksdale MS

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.

Enrique Arturo Valdivia, MD
(313) 916-2408
Clarksdale, MS
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1996

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Enrique Valdivia, MD
(810) 778-5901
169 Byrd Cv
Clarksdale, MS
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Chile, Esc De Pregrado, Fac De Med, Santiago, Chile
Graduation Year: 1949

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Michael Jay Loebenberg, MD
(228) 872-6291
3890 Bienville Blvd
Ocean Springs, MS
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cebu Inst Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1982

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Akwasi A Amponsah, MD
(601) 545-8700
PO Box 15613
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dr.James S. Rawson
(662) 327-7525
600 Leigh Drive
Columbus, MS
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Gastroenterologist
General Information
Hospital: Baptist Mem Hosp -Golden Tria, Columbus, Ms
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Leonel Lacayo, MD
(662) 627-2027
785 Ohio Ave Ste 1F
Clarksdale, MS
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1989

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Nabeel Kahn, MD
(662) 280-8222
9140 Hwy 51 N
Southaven, MS
Business
Delta Gastroenterology & Endoscopy Center PC
Specialties
Gastroenterology

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Kevin P Blanchard, MD
(601) 984-4549
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kevin Paul Blanchard, MD
(601) 264-6000
415 S 28th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1998

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Stephen Thomas Amann, MD
(662) 680-5565
PO Box 21
Tupelo, MS
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: North Mississippi Med Ctr, Tupelo, Ms
Group Practice: Digestive Health Specialists

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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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