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Alternative Therapies for Digestive Problems6 Views
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Constipation is uncomfortable and painful but it can be cured. Check out this video, Constipation 101, to know its causes, symptoms and remedies.
Description: Medication is not the only cure for digestive issues. Watch this video to learn about a number of alternative therapies for digestive problems.
alternative therapies, biofeedback, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, mind control, bodily functions, chronic constipation, pelvic floor muscles, lactobacillus probiotics, bifidobacteria probiotics
digestion, digestive system, digestive problem
laxatives, massage, acupressure, hypnosis, hypnotherapy
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If you've got digestive issues ranging from constipation and diarrhea to irritable bowel syndrome, various alternative therapies may help you feel better. For instance, biofeedback, in which you learn to control bodily functions using your mind, is an effective way to lessen the symptoms of constipation and IBS; it can teach you to control your pelvic floor muscles -- the muscles used to defecate. According to a recent study, approximately 70 percent of people experiencing constipation had improved symptoms after biofeedback training. While another study revealed that 6 months of biofeedback therapy was more effective than laxatives in easing chronic constipation, and benefits appeared to last for at least two years. Massage may also help relax the muscles that support the bladder and intestines and help promote bowel activity. Acupressure, in which hand pressure is applied to specific areas of the body, is another alternative therapy option used to ease constipation. Acupuncture, using fine needles placed in various parts of the body, may relieve pain from constipation AND IBS, while helping to stimulate the colon. Hypnosis is also helpful for managing digestive issues. In one study, IBS patients reported a 30 percent improvement in emotional quality of life and a 16 percent increase in overall physical health after receiving hypnotherapy sessions a couple times a month for three months. And then there's probiotics--gut-loving bacteria that are essential for a healthy digestive system. They’re in fermented foods, such as yogurt, tempeh and miso, or available as supplements. Probiotics may help regulate the consistency of your stool and can ease IBS symptoms. One study, using Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria probiotics found that IBS symptoms decreased after four weeks. Remember, these alternative therapies are just an option in your overall treatment plan. If you have persistent abdominal pain or severe diarrhea, consult a doctor. For more information on other common digestive issue treatments, check out other video in this series.