I thought i'd share my experience with a chinese remedy that was suggested to me by my father. I've postponed posting it until I had at least used it for a week, so being Friday over here in Australia I thought i'd post it up. The results are still out at the moment but I have definately found some form of relief from it.
As some of you already know, i've been diagnosed with IBS by two GI's and two GP's through stool tests, endoscopy, colonscopy, enema, bloodwork and a two hydrogen breath tests. The first hydro test cleared me of lactulose malabsorbtion, the second test confirmed a fructose malabsorbtion problem. Suggested treatment has until now been stay away from fructose - yet my bm's have still been loose/d and i still have abdominal discomfort. I've also lost about
6kg from 59kg weight.
So far i've had no relief results from anti-spasmotics, limited results from antibiotics (flagyl worked alright while i was on it, but symptoms returned as soon as i stopped), anti-d meds etc.
So my dad whose chinese btw, suggested I try an old remedy his sister used in hong kong when she had a rather bad bacterial infection. Similar symptoms, D+weightloss+loss of appetite. This was burning a plant called Artemisia Argyi (aka Wormwood leaf) via a method called moxibustion.
AA is a plant grown in East Asia, more information here.
It is also the primary ingredient in many Chinese and Indian medicines used to treat e.coli infection, malaria and excessive bleeding during periods. Evaluation via scientific method has been limited so far, but there are studies that suggest that AA decreases the count of e.coli in both the air and in animal trials. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Used when acupuncture is ineffective in treating conditions. Moxi is the process whereby material is burned on top of a conduit (usually slices of ginger) on top of flesh. Moxi has yet to gain full acceptance in western medicine unlike it's more well known cousin Acupuncture. But is used almost as frequently as acupunture is in eastern medicine. With moxi, there are three main components .... you inhale the fumes from the plant, you absorb the material from your skin, and the heat generated from the burning causes what the chinese say "the blood to flow".
Application of AA and Moxibustion
Lay a handkerchief over your stomach region, place a thin piece of ginger on top of the handkerchief, place a small amount of AA on top of the ginger and burn it. The embers will keep the AA alight until it is all burnt. The process takes about
Results so far
On the first few days.. my stools were hard for the very first time in a long time. Urgency to goto the washroom had gone, and when I do have to go I can hold it for a while longer. After three days, my stools softened up again, but I must say so far i'm feeling about
50% better. I'll post back in a weeks time to see if the results are repeated.
Both my partner, who also has IBS, and myself have been using AA for a week and we're both getting similar results. So i'm really hoping that this will help clear things up.
In the back of my mind, this suggests to me that my IBS was triggered by some sort of bacterial infection as AA is used to treat bacterial and gastro diseases, but i'll leave that to the experts. Still I think this plant warrants some serious looking into by researchers.
Next time you're in a herbal medicine store look it up.. it's about
8 dollars for a packet here which will last you a bloody long time... probably enough for about
3 months use everyday.
Anyhow, thought i'd share my results with everyone else.. if anyone wants me to take pictures/video or anything just let me know.
DX'd with Fructose Malabsorbtion Dec 2006
DX'd with IBS May 2006
Current Medications :
None, but occasionally carry Seirogan for fast relief from D.www.irritablebowelsyndrome-info.com/