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   Posted 8/18/2007 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
To my dear friends here at HW,
  Besides 'moral support', it seems i can always count on someone (or a few people) who know about things on various ailments, that would be a great help to me.   So, I come to my HW group for some advice or suggestions that you might have....from your experience. yeah
  First off--I love to drink herbal teas ( i stay away from caffeinated drinks---my "irregular heartbeats".....that's a "no no". nono
  I have a few different good herbal yeas that i really enjoy. :-) #1) Ginger tea---very good for digestion
#2) Peppermint tea--tasty & also considered a good tea for digestion.
#3) Camomile tea--very good for relaxation...esp before bedtime smurf
OK---which tea would you think would be best for me---when I'm in one of my IBS-D......episodes?  Or do you think they are all OK?...OR...is there an "herbal tea"...that i'm ...missing that would really be helpful?
I was thinking....maybe ...the "ginger" might be too..."stimulating"...or the .."peppermint.  
Interested in your feedback & your experiences---if any of you have IBS-D............do you find any of these help?   I like them...ALL--so, if none of them would aggravate the IBS-D....that would be OK----looking forward to some feedback--thank you all so very much-----your feedback, suggestions & support are all very helpful---Wotan (Robert) 

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   Posted 8/18/2007 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   

  Just a quick .."PS".     Did some research on the internet.   Here's what I came up with---but again---would like tou hear YOUR experiences.

#1) Peppermint--"good for digestion & flatulence" eyes (i don't have trouble with gas--but this is good to know).

#2) Camomile-" Eases digestion & calms the nerves"...(hhmmm-sounds good in that area! :-)   

#3) Ginger-"Assists digestion & energizes"...

Sooo, I see where they all have good qualities in respect to 'digestion'....but---I'm still curious as to their effect on the "loose bowel" problem of IBS-D..(I like the "nerve calming" quality of Camomile) OR---IF...there is ANOTHER "herbal tea" i can use that would help! :-) .....Just thought i'd add this on--Thanks-Wotan ("Robert")


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   Posted 8/18/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Wotan

Well I've not come across a 4th herbal tea to suit my needs as yet. I alternate between all the same 3 as you drink : )

I also have wondered if Ginger is too stimulating at times, especially when I'm on a "D" episode. I try not to have more than one or two cups. If I do I will top up using the same bag so it's not quite so strong.

After my recent foray into the "D" side I started drinking Camomile again which I haven't had for a while ... one cup of that a day and one on Ginger I find is helping to keep things under better control.

I'm undecided on Peppermint. I don't feel it has helped any through my worst stage.

Oh incidentally, the Camomile brand I use is blended with Spearmint. Very gentle and delicate.

I'd to be interested to hear if anyone can come up with any others aside from these 3 obvious : )


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   Posted 8/19/2007 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't suffer from IBS-D but just wanted to mention that caffeinated teas you should definitely stay away from. I don't think that the ones you mention have caffeine (I know chamomile doesn't) but always good to read the label. Caffeine and hot liquids will put you in the bathroom in a hurry.

If you suffer from heartburn, you may want to stay away from the peppermint as it can cause problems. I used to love peppermint lattes but noticed that I felt so sick after I drank them and my doc told me that the peppermint was causing heartburn.

Ginger is wonderful for your stomach. I had no idea it was energizing though. Makes since now that I think about it because they often put it in those energy drinks. I'm wondering if it would energize your bowels as well :-) Some health food stores may be able to give you some good information on types of teas, may be worth a shot.

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