According to Ayurveda, any abdominal issue reflects problems in the emotional realm from the past or the present. Oftentimes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) appears after or during a period of high stress in one's life. Other factors compounding the effects of IBS are poor diet, mental stress, nervous system imbalance, and a weak immune system. Often, Gluten and Lactose intolerances exacerbate the symptoms of IBS. According to Ayurveda, when a person has IBS, their agni (digestive fire) is deranged, unable to digest even healthy, light food, which becomes acidified and toxic as it lies undigested.

Try changing your diet for a short time, eliminating all milk products to see if this may be the case. Also, avoid excess coffee, tea, alcohol, soft drinks and other carbonated beverages. Avoid fried foods, oily foods, heavy and cold or overly sweet food, which according to Ayurveda, is difficult to digest. Also, omit strong spices from your diet and any form of tobacco use.

Reduce stress from your life through yoga and meditation techniques. Ayurvedic herbalized oil massages induce a soothing and balancing effect on the entire body and energetic system, enhancing circulation and releasing toxins while nourishing tissues. Abhyanga daily massage can be performed to help to control your out-of-balance dosha. You may give yourself a light massage daily with Ayurvedic oil to reduce your problematic dosha, or Book an appointment with West Coast Ayurveda practitioners for a suitable massage treatment for your body constitution.

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