5 Yoga poses to cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Do you have IBS? Yoga can help alleviate your IBS symptoms.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal tract disorder that causes prolonged abdominal pain, bloating, gas, including constipation and diarrhea. It is estimated that about one in five people will experience IBS at some point in their lives.

IBS can develop into a chronic digestive problem that affects the quality of your life and psychological well being. It can happen at any age and most commonly found in women than men, says Dr. Prasad, the best gastroenterologist at SMILES Bangalore. 

People suffering from IBS are often suggested IBS diet, fiber supplements and the use of laxatives. Amongst the several natural treatments for IBS, yoga is a relatively easy way to help manage irritable bowel syndrome symptoms naturally.

Why Yoga for IBS?

Stress is one of the most common causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Research studies suggest that yoga helps decrease stress levels and calm your irritated digestive system. Yoga poses are a good choice if you have IBS because they involve the movements of the abdomen which greatly helps to relieve symptoms of IBS like gas and bloating.

Beyond that, yoga helps restore the normal motility of your gut. So, with a steady breathing pattern and a relaxing mind, try the yoga poses mentioned below and relieve your symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

5 Yoga poses to cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are various yoga poses for relieving and preventing all IBS symptoms, as well as other digestive disorders. Try any of the asanas below to help relieve IBS pain and start feeling better immediately.

1. Parighasana(Gate Pose)

Parighasana stimulates your abdominal organs and increases the stretches in the sides of your body. This pose boosts your breathing, aids in digestion, removes the wastes from your body and helps relieve the symptoms of IBS.

To do Parighasana, stretch your right out to the right, with the right foot facing towards the ground. Lift your arm up and bend your body over the right leg and place right hand on the shin of your right leg. Stay in the pose for 5 to 10 breaths and repeat the same for the right arm.

2. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half-seated spinal twist)

Ardha Matsyendrasana works wonder on the digestive tract by stimulating the kidneys and the stomach. The pose cleanses your internal organs and eliminates the toxins from them. Ardha Matsyendrasana not only detoxifies your system but also helps relieve abnormal bowel movements.

To do Ardha Matsyendrasana, sit down with your legs stretched out facing you. Keep your lower back straight and bend the right leg, take it over your left hip and place your right heel beside the left hip. Now, place your left hand on the right knee and put your right hand behind your back. Practice this yoga pose for IBS and notice your IBS pain relief.

3. Dhanurasana(Bow Pose)

Stress and IBS are interconnected. Dhanurasana strengthens the abdominal muscles and relieves the stress. Dhanurasana enhances the function of your intestines, improves digestion and helps in relieving the symptoms of IBS such as constipation and diarrhea.

To do Dhanurasana, lie down on your stomach then fold your knees and bring your feet up. Stretch your arms backward, reach the ankles and hold them in your hands. Lift your chest off the ground and move your legs upwards to form a bow pose. Make sure to keep your head straight and look ahead.

4. Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)

Pawanamuktsana strengthens your abdominal muscles, helps in digestion and releases toxic substances from your body.  IBS sufferers will have excess gas trapped in their system. Pawanamuktasana is also known as a wind relieving pose, so while practicing yoga for IBS pawanamuktasana should be your daily routine.

To do the Pawanamuktasana, lie down on your back and stretch your legs forward. Keep your arms on either side of the body, bend your knees and bring them towards your chest. Press your thighs to your abdomen then lift your head chest off the floor. Now place your chin on your knees.

5. Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)

Ananda Balasana calms your brain, relieves stress and IBS pain. This pose stretches and soothes your spine and release your pain trapped in your back. It stimulates your abdominal organs and improves your digestive system.

To do the Ananda Balasana, lie down on your back and bring your knees towards your chest. Relax your back into the ground and move your knees hip-width apart then bring your feet up, right above the knees. Stretch your arms out, reach the sole of your feet and hold them there. Make sure your arms are straight and shoulder blades are touching the ground.

Try the above poses, and see if they will make your irritable bowel syndrome vanish. Do not neglect if the symptoms of IBS are consistent. Consult the Best IBS treatment doctor in Bangalore at SMILES and lead a comfortable life.