Irritable Bowel Syndrome Charleston WV

Peppermint oil may offer additional relief by relaxing intestinal muscles and soothing spasms. In one double-blind trial, four out of five IBS patients reduced their symptoms with enteric-coated peppermint oil. One to two capsules with each meal should do the trick.

Kiran A Majmundar, MD
(304) 345-1800
331 Laidley St Ste 601
Charleston, WV
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1969

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Dr.Bassam Haffar
(304) 345-2255
117 7th Avenue
Charleston, WV
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Gastroenterologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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John N Udall
(304) 388-1552
830 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 103
Charleston, WV
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Pediatric Gastroenterology

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Joel Arnold Levien, MD
(561) 746-2411
3110 Maccorkle Ave SE
Charleston, WV
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1974

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Steven Robert Matulis
(304) 342-0821
3100 Maccorkle Avene Se
Charleston, WV
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Gastroenterology

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Mohammad B Haffar, MD
(304) 792-1122
331 Laidley St Ste 504
Charleston, WV
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1982

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John Nicholas Udall, MD
(504) 568-6224
830 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 105
Charleston, WV
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1969

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Roberto E Kusminsky, MD
(304) 345-0075
3110 Maccorkle Ave SE
Charleston, WV
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Male
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Medical School: Univ De Buenos Aires, Fac De Med, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1967
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Hospital: Charleston Area Med Ctr -Memo, Charleston, Wv
Group Practice: University Health Associates; West Virginia University Physicians Of Charleston

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Dr.Harry Duncan
(304) 342-0821
3100 Maccorkle Ave SE # 509
Charleston, WV
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M
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Gastroenterologist
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Harry Earl Duncan
(304) 342-0821
3100 Maccorkle Avenue
Charleston, WV
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Rx: Pacify Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

In March, the FDA pulled Zelnorm, a popular drug for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation, from the market. The withdrawal came after a Swiss government review of 29 Zelnorm studies revealed that patients who used the drug had a tenfold increase in the chance of heart attack, stroke, or severe heart-related chest pain.
The revelation that Zelnorm’s side effects are far from the “norm” creates even more impetus for a natural solution to IBS. About one million Americans have this intestinal disorder, which causes constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. The symptoms, though notoriously sporadic, provoke a striking amount of discomfort and stress. While doctors don’t know for sure what causes IBS, people with stress, fibromyalgia, and sicca complex (dry eyes and mouth) and women having their periods are more likely to suffer IBS symptoms.

Irritable bowel syndrome has numerous other monikers, such as colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon, and spastic bowel, but none of these terms accurately describe it—IBS doesn’t involve inflammation and should not be confused with ulcerative colitis. Doctors consider IBS a functional disorder because the colon and intestines, upon examination, show no sign of disease, injury, or bleeding. Nonetheless, as IBS sufferers know, the condition is far from phantom. Still, you don’t have to risk a Zelnorm-induced heart attack to find relief; alternative medicine has a long history of treating the condition. First, identify and remove the IBS food triggers from your diet. Although trouble can erupt at any time, the common triggers include gaseous foods, large meals, chocolate, dairy, alcohol, fatty foods, and caffeine.

Next, give your intestines some help with probiotics—friendly bacteria that aid digestion and reduce the population of pathological bugs by competing with them for space. During a four-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 60 IBS patients, treatment with Lactobacillus plantarum probiotics significantly reduced painful gas—and the benefits continued a year after treatment. Shoot for 3 to 5 billion live organisms daily from live yogurt or probiotic supplements.

Peppermint oil may offer additional relief by relaxing intestinal muscles and soothing spasms. In one double-blind trial, four out of five IBS patients reduced their symptoms with enteric-coated peppermint oil. One to two capsules with each meal should do the trick.

Psyllium seed, another heavy hitter against IBS, mitigates diarrhea and pain. As this bulk fiber travels through the gut, it absorbs excess fluids, normalizing stool texture and calming cramps. One study revealed that 82 percent of people relieved their constipation with psyllium. Take 6 to 7 grams with each meal in capsules, chewable wafers, or drinks for a total of about 20 grams daily.

Author: Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

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